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2023 IDEA Awards: Communication Nominees

July 18, 2023

The global MIPI A-PHY standard is an asymmetric SerDes interface that provides high-performance links between automotive image sensors and displays and their associated electronic control units (ECUs). Leveraging MIPI A-PHY, Valens Semiconductor’s VA7000 chipset provides multi-gig asymmetric connectivity and is designed to extend CSI-2-based sensors such as cameras, LiDAR, radar and more.

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Microchip PIC32CX-BZ2

Microchip’s PIC32 family is a mixed bag of processor architectures brought together by a unified IDE and peripheral set. To most embedded developers who write their code in C or C++, this family looks to be a single platform supported by the MPLAB Harmony V3 framework, which handles multiple communication protocols that the chips work with. The PCI32CX-BZ2, the newest addition to the family, is based on a 64-MHz, Arm Cortex-M4F

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Morse Micro MM61xx SoC Family

The IEEE 802.11ah Wi-Fi HaLow standard defines a sub-1-GHz implementation of Wi-Fi that provides longer operating range while sacrificing throughput. Morse Micro’s MM61xx family is designed to provide low-power, Wi-Fi HaLow support to a host using an SPI/SDIO interface. The MM6104 works with single streams up to 15 Mb/s while the MM6108 can handle data rates up to 32.5 Mb/s. Both interact with the host using an SPI/SDIO serial interface. They have options for UART and I2C communication plus GPIO and PWM support as well.

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Rockwell Automation FLEXHA 5000 I/O Module Series

Rockwell Automation’s FLEXHA 5000 I/O Module series continues the evolution of the company’s popular PlantPAx Distributed Control System (DCS). The module is designed to reduce hardware complexity and cost via an innovative design and enhances communication with 1-Gb EtherNet/IP network connectivity for increased speed and bandwidth. The platform can be optimized for any number of workloads and applications. It features up to 24 I/O modules housed in a single node in a horizontal or vertical orientation.

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Rockwell Automation Allen‑Bradley GuardLink 2.0 Ethernet/IP Module

The GuardLink 2.0 Ethernet/IP module from Rockwell Automation comes outfitted with Allen‑Bradley’s 432ES GuardLink EtherNet/IP On-Machine Interface. The module ca M be combined with the company’s GuardLink Relay and EtherNet/IP Interface. The GuardLink 2.0 protocol provides safety-rated control device status and automatic diagnostic reporting to an HMI using CIP Safety (integrated safety services) over EtherNet/IP.

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Texas Instruments CC2340R5

The CC2340R5 starts at just $0.79 per 1,000 units by extending battery life with a standby current of <700 nA, maximizing design flexibility with up to 512KB of flash memory, and expanding RF performance with an output power range of +8 dBm. The reduction in standby current helps extend battery life for up to 10 years on a coin cell battery in wireless applications such as electronic shelf labels and tire pressure monitoring systems.

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