Mouser examines a human-centric approach to robotics. Soft Robotic designs are less metal and mechanical and utilize gentle, compliant mechanisms and actuators built using fluids and flexible materials. These enable a wide range of motion and are suitable for exoskeletons or wearables.
Mouser examines the droids from “a galaxy far, far away” to gain some insight into how robots will help humanity realize our future.
In this issue of the Empowering Innovation Together ebook, Mouser takes an in-depth look at Collaborative Robotics. We examine “cobots” in industrial environments, motor control in complex robotics and design considerations. We also look at how robots and humans interact and coexist with each other as they work.
Robots may be as disruptive as the automobile, causing us to rethink how we live and work. In Mouser’s 5-part Empowering Innovation Together™ video series, Grant Imahara departs on another technical journey to explore the frontier of robotics, meeting with researchers, engineers and visionaries shaping the robotic future.
Electronic instrumentation and measurement designs are pushing the boundaries of performance, power, and integrated features to meet or exceed the design challenges of various industries. Mouser takes a look at the characteristics modern instruments require to meet customer expectations and important properties of instrumentation amplifiers.
Fewer emerging technologies have captured the imagination as dramatically as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or as they are more commonly referred to, drones. The same technological innovations that have brought us smartphones, IoT and wearables have brought us an explosion of drones. See what expanding horizons of application development await.
The rise of botnets targeting the Internet of Things has emerged as a clear and present danger for rapidly growing new industries such as home automation, smart cities, and industrial networking. How best can you protect your devices and embedded systems against the IoT botnets invasion?
Mouser Electronics recently launched FORTE, an intelligent bill of materials (BOM) management tool intended to save time and improve order accuracy in specifying and purchasing electronic components. Free to Mouser account holders, FORTE offers access to more than 4 million part numbers and it quickly validates part numbers, product availability, and price.
FORTE’s features and benefits:
- Evaluates the millions of daily interactions of purchasing professionals and engineers
- Analyzes partial part numbers and descriptions to suggest the best options for customers
- Offers expanded customization, added intelligence, and enhanced part match confidence
- Remembers users’ preferences, spreadsheet layouts, naming conventions, and previous product orders.
- Translations for all of Mouser’s supported language
- Supports most common file formats, real-time product pricing and availability, and easy purchasing directly from the BOM.
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Mouser Electronics currently offers the STMicroelectronics STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Board. The new Discovery Kit and I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa Arduino-compatible extension board (available to order from Mouser) offer you a development platform for learning and evaluating solutions based on LoRa and FSK/OOK radio frequency (RF) communication.
The ST STM32 LoRaWAN Discovery Kit is based on an all-in-one Murata Type ABZ open module solution to address low-power wide area networks (LPWAN) and support the LoRaWAN long-range wireless protocol. An STM32L072 ARM Cortex-M0+ microcontroller—featuring 192 KB of flash memory, 20 KB of RAM, and 6 KB of EEPROM—powers the Type ABZ mdoule. The STM32L0 ultra-low-power microcontroller offers low-power design features, targeting battery-powered and energy-harvesting applications.
ST’s I-NUCLEO-LRWAN1 STM32 LoRa extension board includes a LoRaWAN module powered by an STM32L052 microcontroller, an SMA connector, a 50-Ω antenna, and headers compatible with Arduino Uno R3 boards. The board features three ST environmental sensors: an LSM303AGR accelerometer and magnetometer, an HTS221 relative humidity and temperature sensor, and an LPS22HB pressure sensor.
Both the Discovery board and NUCLEO board come with LoRaWAN class A-certified I-CUBE-LRWAN embedded software that enables designers to set up a complete LoRaWAN node.
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Mouser Electronics how has two new Texas Instruments development kits in stock: the CC1350 SensorTag development kit and the sub-1-GHz and 2.4-GHz antenna kit for LaunchPad and SensorTag. Designed for low-power wide area networks (LPWAN), the CC1350 features dual-band connectivity that expands the functionality of a sub-1 GHz network with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) implementations.The sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz antenna kit for LaunchPad and SensorTag enables you to perform tests to determine the optimal antenna for applications.
CC1350 SensorTag development kit:
- Expands the SensorTag ecosystem with a single-chip Bluetooth Smart radio and a sub-1-GHz radio.
- Offers easy mobile phone integration with long-range connectivity based on a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 processor
- Runs for years on a single coin cell battery
- Enables direct connection with Bluetooth to smartphones and tablets, combined with a 2-km range for the sub-1-GHz radio interface
The sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz antenna kit for LaunchPad and SensorTag includes:
- 16 tested and characterized antennas for frequencies from 169 MHz to 2.4 GHz, including PCB antennas, Helical antenna, chip antennas, and dual-band antennas for 868 or 915 MHz combined with 2.4 GHz.
- A µSMA (JSC) cable to connect to LaunchPad and SensorTag kits, including the CC1350 SensorTag development kit, as well as the CC2650 LaunchPad and CC1310 LaunchPad.
- A µSMA (JSC)-to-SMA connector for connecting the kit or antennas to a standard SMA connector
Mouser Electronics is now offering Omron Electronic Components’s fully integrated B5T HVC-P2 face detection sensor modules. The Human Vision Component (HVC) plug-in modules are based on Omron’s OKAO Vision Image Sensing Technology, which is used to quickly and accurately detect human bodies and faces.
Well suite for a variety of IoT applications, the face detection sensor modules comprise a camera and a separate main board that are connected via a flexible flat cable, which enables you to install it on the edge of a flat display unit. The boards feature UART and USB interfaces to control the module and send the data output (as no image output, 160 × 120 pixels, or 320 × 240 pixels) to an external system.
Available in both wide-angle (90-degree lens) and long-distance lenses (50-degree lens), the B5T HVC-P2 modules can detect a human body up to four times per second. The long-distance module can detect and presume attributes (e.g., gender and age, sight line, and facial expression) from a maximum distance of 3 m. The wide-angle module can cover an area 100 cm × 75 cm from a distance of 50 cm.
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Mouser Electronics is now stocking the Texas Instruments TUSB320 family of USB Type-C configuration channel logic and port controllers from Texas Instruments (TI). The TUSB320 family of devices provide USB Type-C configuration channel (CC) logic and port control, making it possible for a system to detect the orientation of the plug, and determine the appropriate USB specification and mode settings for the end equipment.
The TI TUSB320 devices, available from Mouser Electronics, can be configured as a downstream-facing port (DFP), upstream-facing port (UFP), or a dual-role port (DRP). The family of products supports USB 2.0 and USB 3.1, giving designers the flexibility to use these devices in multiple USB-enabled designs. The TUSB320 family also contains several features (such as mode configuration and low standby current), which make this device applicable for source or sinks in USB 2.0 applications. The device operates over a wide supply range (2.7Vbus – 5.5Vbus) and offers low power consumption; its low shutdown power of 8 mW benefits a variety of battery-powered applications.
The TUSB320 family of devices offers I2C or GPIO control, an industrial temperature range of -40 to +85 degrees Celsius, and support for up to 3A advertisement and detection. The devices can be used for host, device, and dual-role port applications in mobile phones, tablets, and USB peripherals.
The TUSB320EVM, also available from Mouser Electronics, provides an evaluation platform for the TUSB320 device. This plug-and-play module is configurable via onboard DIP switches for DFP, UFP, or DRP implementations, operating in I2C or GPIO mode.
Mouser Electronics recently launched a new Motor Control Applications site for motor control engineers and anyone interested in control applications. The site features motor control resources and offers components available from Mouser Electronics for building motor control systems.
The site’s Applications section segments motor control into five main subsections: Permanent Magnet Synchronous motors, Brushless DC motors, Stepper motors,AC Induction motors, and Low Voltage DC motors. These subsections describe each motor’s use and operation. You can view functional block diagrams explanations of each block, as well as a parts list of products available for same-day shipping.
The Articles section covers topics such as Introduction to Rotary Resolvers & Encoders and Passive Components for Advanced Motor Control.
The Featured Products section focuses on key products available from Mouser.com that speed and enhance the construction of motor control systems. Products include the Vishay Widebody VOW3120 2.5A IGBT and MOSFET Driver, Molex Sealed Industrial USB Solutions, and the Fairchild FAN9673 CCM PFC Controller. Additional products for motor control systems include products for EMI suppression, circuit protection, passives, sensors, and motor control development kits.
The Resources section features videos, application notes, and white papers that cover topics such as device selection and system considerations when designing motor control systems. Systems discussed include selecting motor drivers, implementing control feedback loops, Power Factor Correction (PFC) techniques, and designing for thermal management.