The industry's smallest converter of its type, the MAX8614 is adjustable with external resistors, for use in digital still cameras, cell phone cameras, and OLED display power. It has outputs up to 24V positive and -10V negative with 100 mA output current. It is flexible and easy to design in due to integrated capabilities. It eliminates external timing circuits with a pin-selectable CCD power-up sequencing, and the controlled in-rush current makes batteries last longer. It comes in a 3 x 3 mm, 14-pin TDFN package, just over half the size of an ordinary converter system. It has less noise, and saves battery life and space with a 1MHz fixed-frequency PWM operation, plus high-efficiency, high-voltage internal n-FET and p-FET transistors. It also comes with True Shutdown™ without an external FET and internal compensation capacitors. Prices start at $2 each at 1,000-unit quantities and up.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.