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Behind the Scenes at Sensors Converge 2024

Written by Thomas Murphy

Embedded design engineers witnessed the latest in technology innovation, training, and enrichment at Sensors Converge in Santa Clara, Calif., from June 24 to 26. The show’s website reported more than 5,000 attendees and 250 exhibitors explored the latest in network edge sensing, processing, and connectivity trends to enable the next generation of IoT systems.

Microcontroller vendors played a pivotal role in the exposition hall, showcasing a range of demonstrations and wares that are ushering in the age of generative artificial intelligence. Their efforts are making systems more aware, accurate, precise, and inferential – all without blowing through an ultra-low power budget. Analog Devices, for instance, offered its MAX78000 MCU in a demonstration of visual servoing to control an off-the-shelf robotic arm picking up a cube. The device provides AI hardware accelerators for machine vision and can be powered through GPIO, I2C, or even coin-cell batteries, according to Brandon Hurst, Field Applications Engineer for Analog Devices.

Speaking of low power, the intelligent IoT edge devices deployed in industrial operations often create headaches for technicians and managers due to the need for frequent battery replacements. However, Powercast technology, which uses RF to recharge supercap-powered sensors wirelessly, offers a solution. This technology, as explained by CEO Charlie Greene, helps operators eliminate downtime, truck rolls, battery replacement schedules, and reduces the stream of spent lead-acid batteries going into landfills. This advancement is a significant relief for the industry.

Speaking of innovation, Sensors Converge offered a plethora of next-generation solutions, ranging from sensor connectivity to 3D ultrasonic sensors for autonomous robots, precision inertial sensors for industrial applications, and navigation-grade, multi-axis, chip-scale MEMs accelerometers. For more information, check out the conference award winners here.

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Tom Murphy has been plying his trade as a technology journalist for more than 25 years, first as an editor/writer/reporter and then as a communications professional. He has earned industry recognition for both journalistic endeavors and technology campaigns. Before joining Circuit Cellar magazine as editor-in-chief, Tom wrote tech briefs, newsletters, blogs, press releases, white papers, and technical articles for numerous clients, primarily in the semiconductor industry. His introduction into the industry came as an editor for “Electronic News” covering microprocessor companies, the fabless semiconductor phenomena, communication chips, and many others. When he’s not tapping away at the keyboard, Tom learns Dungeons and Dragons terminology from his 10-year-old daughter and walks his bulldog (slowly) around the block.

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Behind the Scenes at Sensors Converge 2024

by Thomas Murphy time to read: 1 min