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                              For IoT products, the interoperability question depends on the communications protocol you use, since most products can’t communicate with systems using a different protocol. The protocol you choose will also affect your hardware. For example, transmission distance will determine your available IoT modules, power requirements, and shape the network configuration for your system. There are a huge number of protocols to choose from. New versions are coming out every year, and groups are trying to consolidate the options that already exist. How do you decide which one is right for your product?
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                              Before you select your IoT modules, it’s better to clarify what component requirements will suit your product specifications early in the design process. It will save you a lot of angst and blue smoke once you are designing and testing. Read on to learn what requirements you should identify to select the right IoT module.
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                              Getting back into the flow after a business trip is never easy, but my return this week has been particularly challenging. We have a time critical contract with our client, so everyone on the project is operating at >100%. I was staying on track until I opened my PCB design software and saw that someone had made changes to my layout. They removed two of the four tines from my smart fork. These were significant changes. Bad changes. I felt my brain crash and was left with the mental equivalent of the blue screen of death. Read on to find out how to solve this problem.
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                              It’s all set, you have perfected the design of the latest state-of-the-art IoT fork and you’re feeling unstoppable. Nothing could throw a wrench in your plans now...except maybe your fork's network connection. What’s the difference between a smart fork that can't connect and an ordinary fork? You paid a lot more for the smart one! That’s why it’s imperative that you choose the correct network configuration for your IoT product. Upfront planning and testing of the network communication you want to use for your IoT product can make a huge difference in a successful product deployment. Read on to find out more!
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                              Getting an FCC certification is an important (and legally required) step for IoT systems and other products that transmit and receive data. Choosing the right lab makes a huge difference in the ease of your certification process.
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                              Lithium Ion batteries provide high performance and fast recharging, making them ideal for electric vehicles. However, their cost has always been a barrier to adoption in the world of electric vehicles. Tesla has sidestepped this issue by adopting a highly scalable modular approach. Every battery package they construct is made out of hundreds of one single standard cell. Tesla is taking their battery production in-house, constructing the Gigafactory to build this one battery unit in high volumes. Through this simplified approach, they’ve been able to not only bring better battery technology to electric vehicles but have also vertically integrated their manufacturing.