Internet of Things

We’re hearing all about smart things these days—and how these connected devices are multiplying in our modern world. Proctor & Gamble’s Kevin Ashton is credited with coining, back in 1999, the internet of things (IoT) term that occasionally draws some snickering and eye-rolling. But there’s no denying that these intelligent things are here to stay.

Gartner forecasts that by 2020, we’ll have 20.8 billion connected things in the world. Sensors have gotten smaller and less power-hungry, connectivity more pervasive, and data analytics much more sophisticated. So designers can get more actionable information by adding these features and capabilities to everything from light switches and temperature controls to medical devices, industrial equipment, and cars.

IoT electronics are represented by a broad collection of niche markets, where products typically:

  • Span diverse vertical industries
  • Have life spans ranging from a few days to decades
  • Output data ranging from a few bits to terabytes
  • Feature different levels of complexity, from simple controller-based fitness monitors to complex, integrated industrial systems

At Maxim, we see IoT as an opportunity for you to solve problems in new and better ways. We deliver technologies that help you create innovative solutions. From a design perspective, smart, connected things commonly require sensing, processing, communication, power, and security—all areas where Maxim can help.

We have low-power sensor platforms that measure and monitor a wide array of parameters, from bio-signals to proximity to ambient conditions. Our sophisticated algorithms can accelerate development time. So can our reference designs, which also enable you to test out capabilities of our sensors and other components while evaluating size, power, and performance advantages.

Our low-power microcontrollers can form the foundation for smarter sensor nodes with reduced power consumption. They feature advanced security and support multiple interface options. Our prototyping platforms can help ease the development process.

IO-Link® technology is enabling traditional binary or analog sensors to become intelligent sensors, unleashing the power of Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT (IIoT) for greater manufacturing efficiency. From a design standpoint, Industry 4.0 and IIoT are shrinking automation equipment, driving the need for lower power consumption and less heat dissipation. Maxim’s Pocket IO technology shows how analog integration can lower heat dissipation while providing faster throughput in a small footprint.

Maxim has broad expertise in addressing power requirements for a variety of industries. We have integrated solutions that can efficiently manage and charge battery-based systems. Our power management ICs (PMICs) are ideal for wearable and mobile applications, while our microcontrollers offer industry-best retention mode power.  

To protect valuable intellectual property (IP) in sensor nodes and to authenticate the data used to make decisions, our secure microcontrollers come with an advanced security toolbox. We also offer authenticators that pair with any microcontroller or operate in a fixed-function, standalone mode to provide an easy way to safeguard any IoT design from counterfeiting, hacking, and other breaches. Our IoT embedded security reference designs provide crypto-strong authentication to help you quickly develop secure IoT devices.

Learn more about specific IoT market segments of interest on the right.