Driving IoT Innovation with Configurable Mixed-signal ICs


David Chow, Guest Contributor

Sensors Expo 2017 featured speakers give a preview of their presentations.

The recent advances in battery technology in conjunction with Moore’s law has enabled what many refer to as the IoT Revolution. With these advancements, the cost of collecting information has been radically reduced enabling the affordable tracking of information that would previously have been considered unprofitable to collect. Fitness trackers and Bluetooth trackers would have been deemed impractical in earlier years due to cost, power, and size issues but are considered ubiquitous in today’s market. 

However, devices such as these as well as other high volume, always-on IoT devices remain hyper-sensitive to cost, size, and power consumption.  These factors significantly impact the market success of next generation IoT devices and will consequently shape the future landscape of the IoT world.

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The IoT revolution opened brand new markets for connected devices and continues to improve existing ones.  With this, the necessity to enable innovative features while keeping within power and cost budgets becomes crucial. Configurable Mixed-signal ICs (CMICs) are the solution.  CMICs provide a complete platform that requires no programming, but enables designers to easily design and prototype a custom IC in days that’s ready for mass production in weeks.  These clever little devices offer the customization of an ASIC without the size and power tradeoff.  They also offers power and size savings over MCUs and a typical 50% cost savings over implementing comparable circuitry with discrete components.    

Silego, a thought leader and innovator in Configurable Mixed-signal ICs, will be leading a seminar at Embedded Systems Conference, San Jose on June 28th.   Join to learn how to reduce development time and cost through use of flexible configurable mixed-signal devices.  Understand various tradeoffs and factors to consider when designing an IoT solution and how to optimize it when faced with a multitude of sensor, connectivity and power options. 

During this session, basic low cost IoT block diagrams will be presented as well as examples of typical circuitry IoT designers are using to enable differentiating features with sensors, haptics, button presses, etc.  Learn how these features can be implemented within a customized IC at a fraction of the cost and power budget of alternate solutions.  Learn why CMICs are the ideal solution for applications with battery operated, multi-sensors nodes and how they are being used today in commonly used circuit functions including system reset ic, power sequencer, level shifter, GPIO expander, etc.

After the talk, visit Silego at booth 1409. Sensors Expo attendees will see how configurable mixed signal design methodology can improve the accuracy and energy efficiency of sensors, provide power savings, and reduce board space.

For more information on this topic watch this webinar on Configurable Mixed-signal ICs and IoT.


About the author

David Chow earned his electrical engineering degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He brings over 25 years of unique experiences and expertise in low power wireless sensor networks, system design, IC design and hardware development.  He currently leads an application team at Silego Technology providing technical support to Fortune 500 tech companies and IoT startups.  Most recently he co-founded MyWellnessGuard Inc., a company that develops bio-monitoring systems.