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The Lowdown on Sleep Current: Does Active Current Still Matter?

Many of the most common capacitive sensing-enabled products, such as remote controls, set-top box front panels and wall-mounted control interfaces, tend to stay inactive much more often than they’re active. A television remote control might sit on a coffee table 16 hours of a day before the user finally gets the chance to sit down and…

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Managing User Input: Apps Processors vs. Capacitive Touch Sensors

When designing an embedded system, developers must decide whether a function should be controlled by a discrete component of the design, or whether that functionality can be covered by an existing, more centralized part in the system. For instance, developers of systems with an analog input component may have to decide between designing a system…

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Touch Sensors vs. Mechanical Buttons

In recent years, capacitive touch interfaces have become commonplace on products that have traditionally used mechanical buttons. Products as diverse as remote controls, wall-mounted panels, white goods appliances, and of course smart phones all now routinely use capacitive input surfaces. Despite the popularity of capacitive sensing surfaces, designers should weigh both the advantages and disadvantages…

Simplify your timing designs with the Clock Tree Expert- no words

Not a Clock Tree Expert? We’ve got you covered.

Designing clock trees is tedious but necessary task facing today’s high-speed network system designers. We know you are under incredible pressure to deliver the highest quality products at competitive prices and with very stringent deadlines. We also realize you often do not have time to become PLL configuration experts. Silicon Labs has invested in tools…

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Build your clock tree designs without worrying about phase locked loops and register settings

ClockBuilder Pro software helps you design advanced clock tress fast by generating a frequency plan for supported clock generators, jitter attenuating clock multipliers, and network synchronizers. Let’s take a look at how to create your own custom devices in 3 simple steps. Step 1. Configure: ClockBuilder Pro helps you configure a very complex, high-performance clock in…

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Three Types of HMI Used in the IoT

Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) represent some of the most rapidly evolving technology existing beneath the IoT umbrella. Want a thermostat whose display brightens when it senses your approach? You’ll need a proximity sensor for that. A fitness band that monitors heart rate? That’s HMI, too. Devices that respond to your gestures? You guessed it. Many…

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Types of M2M Interfaces Used in the IoT

Machine-to-machine interfaces are as old as computer automation itself. With the advent of the Internet of Things, the need for effective M2M interfaces will only grow. There are several IoT-ready 8-bit MCU applications for M2M. Let’s look at a few of them. Generic Interfaces Many 8051 MCUs have at least one UART and one I2C…

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How to Build Your Clock Trees … Like a Pro and on the Go

We’ve heard it all before: “I’m facing a really tough clock-tree design challenge. Can I simplify?” “Jitter performance is critical for my application, but I’m not a PLL guru.” “My project schedule is very tight, but I don’t have time to verify clock performance.” “I need custom, factory-programmed clock samples – now!” We have the…

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Next generation Internet Infrastructure starts with any frequency, any output clock generators

Don’t be afraid of multiple timing domains and challenging frequencies. Because it doesn’t have to be challenging. We make your timing design simple.  Silicon Labs has developed a new portfolio of clock generators and jitter attenuators optimized for high-speed, frequency-flexible, ultra-low-jitter clock synthesis. These clock devices enable system designers to design “any-port, any-protocol” line cards…