Ai-Thinker BW16 is a dual-band WiFi & Bluetooth 5.0 IoT module (Sponsored)

Ai Thinker BW16 dual-band WiFi BLE 5.0 module

Many users prefer the ESP32 when implementing WiFi & Bluetooth into their IoT projects. But Ai-Thinker BW16 offers dual-band WiFi 4 & Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity through Realtek’s RTL8720DN chipset which may provide more reliable connectivity where the 2.4 GHz band is crowded. The module integrates an Arm Cortex-M4F compatible high-performance MCU, an Arm Cortex-M0 compatible low power MCU, WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n, MAC, Bluetooth and RF baseband, and provides a set of configurable GPIO ports to control peripheral devices. BW16 module One significant difference between BW16 and ESP32 module is that it has two serial port interfaces, so attention should be paid to the wiring of the UART interfaces. The following diagram shows the two serial interfaces of the BW16 module. One of the module serial interfaces is used to send and receive AT commands to control connectivity from a host processor or microcontroller, while the other serial port is used […]

Yodeck Leverages Raspberry Pi in Mainstream Digital Signage (Sponsored)

Yodeck, the digital signage company has been utilizing Raspberry Pi 4 (2 GB RAM) as their goto computer to run their signage software. The versatile RPi 4 is a choice for many makers, inventors, schools, and hobbyists, but does not often find its way into mainstream business ventures. The Yodeck service software runs a remote digital signage system that is built on the RPi 4 SBC. Digital displays play an enormous role in business, for advertising, information sharing, instruction, and training. The RPi 4 can be situated at the forefront of those services. Finding the RPi 4 in a custom case, with inputs and connections readily accessible is sometimes startling. Many people are used to the RPi 4 with its circuits bare. The RPi 4 powers the Yodeck Player. A Play and Plug mini-computer with full 4K resolution and direct encoding. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is built for […]

PB-03 – A Bluetooth LE 5.2 module for the Smart Home, wearables, IoT, etc… (Sponsored)

What changes does Bluetooth LE 5.2 (BLE 5.2) bring? Maybe PB-03 module can tell you. PB-03 is a BLE module developed by Shenzhen Ai-Thinker Technology based on PHY+ PHY6252 32-bit microcontroller (see PDF datasheet) that offers high integration and low power consumption down to 0.3uA in OFF mode, and is well suited to various applications such as IoT, mobile devices, wearable electronic devices, and smart homes. PB-03 module’s highlights Ai-Thinker PB-03 provides an upgrade to earlier PB-01/02 modules with the following highlights: MCU – PHY6252 microcontroller with 256KB flash, 64KB SRAM Supports BLE 5.2 and Bluetooth Mesh Equipped with an on-board PCB antenna Up to 2 Mbps data rate I/Os – UART, PWM, ADC, I2C, SPI, PDM, DMA, and up to 19 IOs. Security – AES-128 encryption hardware Power consumption (PHY6252) 0.3uA @ OFF Mode (IO wake up only) 1uA @ Sleep Mode with 32KHz RTC 3.5uA @ Sleep Mode […]

5-minute Cybersecurity Survey for IoT Device Manufacturers (Sponsored)

Calling all software developers, hardware designers, product security engineers, QA, engineering managers, and executives in the field to participate in a global, industry-wide survey. With nearly 50 new CVEs found every day in 2021, 90% of hospitals hacked, and cybersecurity attacks constantly in the headlines, it’s time to take stock of security preparedness in IoT. Timesys, an industry pioneer in embedded software and cybersecurity for embedded, is taking on that challenge. And to get a better understanding of where IoT device manufacturers are in their cybersecurity journey, Timesys has launched a global, industry-wide survey. The entire survey is only ten questions and should take under five minutes to answer. The survey includes driving factors for security, security processes being implemented, specific technologies being used, security challenges companies are facing, and more. It’s designed to be a broad survey, geared toward developers, security teams, and engineering managers. Take the survey here. […]

How to repair lost data in .ost and .pst files in Microsoft Outlook 365 (Sponsored)

Any software, even the most reliable, can at times encounter certain errors that prevent it from functioning, and Microsoft Outlook is no exception. Despite the fact that this program is extremely reliable, in certain situations, users may indeed encounter errors that require proactive action. In most cases, these errors are related to the storage of personal information in OST and PST files. These files are necessary for the stable operation of the application since they store part of the user data. In the event that these files are damaged, then further work with the program becomes impossible, and it will complain about errors. In this article, we will take a closer look at the basic recovery methods. Note that not only standard approaches to solving the problem will be considered, but also various additional tools. Recovery Toolbox for Outlook is an effective tool for recovering errors from Outlook. The program […]

congatec launches 10 new COM-HPC and COM Express Computer-on-Modules with 12th Gen Intel Core processors (Sponsored)

congatec – a leading vendor of embedded and edge computing technology – introduces the 12th Generation Intel Core mobile and desktop processors (formerly code-named Alder Lake) on 10 new COM-HPC and COM Express Computer-on-Modules. Featuring the latest high-performance cores from Intel, the new modules in COM-HPC Size A and C as well as COM Express Type 6 form factors offer major performance gains and improvements for the world of embedded and edge computing systems. Most impressive is the fact that engineers can now leverage Intel’s innovative performance hybrid architecture. Offering up to 14 cores/20 threads on BGA and 16 cores/24 threads on desktop variants (LGA mounted), the 12th Gen Intel Core processors provide a quantum leap [1] in multitasking and scalability levels. Next-gen IoT and edge applications benefit from up to 6 or 8 (BGA/LGA) optimized Performance-cores (P-cores) plus up to 8 low-power Efficient-cores (E-cores) and DDR5 memory support to […]

Indoor positioning BU01 development board can detect tiny body movements (Sponsored)

GPS is available for outdoor positioning, what about indoors? There is a positioning technology that is more accurate than GPS: UWB. The technology offers positioning accuracy within 10cm which greatly compensates for the shortcomings of the indoor RSSI positioning of past IoT products. UWB technology is a wireless carrier communication technology that uses a frequency bandwidth above 1 GHz. It does not use a sinusoidal carrier but uses nanosecond-level non-sinusoidal narrow pulses to transmit data and occupies a large frequency spectrum, hence the name “Ultra-Wideband”, or UWB for shorts. Besides positioning, UWB can also be used for data transmission with a rate of hundreds of megabits per second. BU01 development board features MCU – STMicro STM32F103 Arm Cortex-M3 microcontroller UWB module – Ai-Thinker BU01 module 50 I/O pins exposed for functions. Sensors – Onboard acceleration sensor, temperature, and humidity sensor Misc – User buttons and LED Power Supply – 5V […]

10,000 mAh Graphene power bank fully charges in 27 minutes (Sponsored)

Most power banks are made of Lithium batteries that charge in 3 to 4 hours and are good for around 500 charge cycles. But Elecjet Apollo Ultra is a different beast equipped with a 10,000 mAh Graphene battery that enables fast charging in just 27 minutes and offers a much longer lifespan with over 2,500 charge cycles. In other words that means Apollo Ultra power bank is 5x faster and lasts 5x longer than most lithium-based power banks. Another way to look at it is that this graphene-enhanced 10,000mAh power bank can gather enough power in just 7 minutes to fully charge your phone. It can fast-charge your phone up to three times, charge two devices at once, and passthrough charging lets you charge Apollo Ultra at the same time. Elecjet Apollo Ultra specifications: Battery Capacity – 10,000 mAh or 40 Wh Full Charge Time – 27 minutes USB ports […]