CES & Other Venues Show New Ideas Made Possible by Integration

While at the Consumer Electronics Show recently, I experienced a wide variety of products and technologies. A short list includes:

  • A robot baby harp seal
  • An autonomous shuttle electric vehicle
  • Dancing drones in flight
  • New and improved voice recognition/control on an HDTV
  • IoT innovations, including more sensor integration and energy harvesting in the home
  • A low-cost single-chip/single-die WiFi/Bluetooth combo RF front-end IC in pure CMOS
  • A pure CMOS 5 GHz 802.11ac WiFi RF front-end IC
  • Pedestrian dead reckoning for mobile devices
  • Marked headset audio improvements
  • Zero-power standby for home TV, audio, etc. using energy harvesting from infrared on a remote

These are some of the hundreds of new and improved electronics systems made possible by various integration techniques in ICs.

CES is not the only place where we will find what's new in electronics in 2014. DesignCon is coming up, followed by APEC and then EELive. These venues will give designers the newest and most innovative ICs for designing their own innovative systems.

Designers can also peruse webinars, tech papers, and fundamentals courses. Of course, I am highlighting EDN venues (run by a sister site), but IEEE XPlore has some of the best tech papers available for a modest monthly fee. Semiconductor companies also have training sessions online, as well as yearly hands-on training to show how to use the high level of integrated ICs they have developed. There's nothing like getting your hands on a good demo board with scopes and meters and expert advisers from the IC companies.

What other venues do you find educational and offering good technical content? Please share your favorites.

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16 comments on “CES & Other Venues Show New Ideas Made Possible by Integration

  1. eafpres
    January 16, 2014

    @Steve–if you want to see a lot of electronics integrated into factory systems, a good place is the PROMAT show; which is every other year (alternates with MODEX).

  2. Steve Taranovich
    January 16, 2014

    Thanks Blaine—I just went to the site and the first image that popped up was integrating RFID—-definitely worth looking into

  3. Davidled
    January 16, 2014

    I got some email from PROMAT. It seems like this show is for either supply chain or manufacture industry. This show presents automatic shipping process with the tracking of merchandise.  But all system components are related to electronics device.

  4. eafpres
    January 16, 2014

    I attended PROMAT a few years ago.  Although it seems like the focus is supply chain and manufacturing, in fact it covers a whole range from warehouse automation to factory automation.  All of the automation is heavily dependent on electronics integration.  There is a LOT of wireless sensor and communications on display.  If you are in the electronics business looking at sensor and automation applications, I can recommend that you attend.

  5. samicksha
    January 17, 2014

    I was reading around CES and products displayed and one of the product to catch my attention was AwoX StriimLight SL-B10 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker + LED Light Bulb which sounds like new series of wireless lighting-slash-audio solutions, it's an LED lightbulb with a wireless Bluetooth speaker built in, bundled with an Infrared remote control that can access both the light and the speaker.

  6. Victor Lorenzo
    January 17, 2014

    Two more trade fair in the EMEA region are Productronica and Electronica, Munich, Germany. From what I remember from my visits, these are not focused on material handling but in electronic component and devices, test and measurement, automation, printed electronics, nanotechnology, manufacturing equipment, CAD/CAM software and many other related products and technologies.

  7. eafpres
    January 17, 2014

    @Victor–I went to Electronica in Germany once.  It is interesting because it is very, very large, and they organize some things kind of by themes in different halls.  So a lot of, say, automation will be in one area.  I agree with you these exhibitions are also good sources to see where integation opportunities exist.  Anything with sensors and controls will have lots of analog.

  8. Davidled
    January 18, 2014

    We try to build the electronic device for fork lift to get the safety features with detection sensor. There is no question that electronic device will be more widely spread on this year for manufacture automation.

  9. Netcrawl
    January 19, 2014

    @Daej you're right abou that, the technology industry is heating up, at CES we seen some new stuffs, from safe-driving car sensors to gesture-controlled infotainment systems, innovation is coming. Sensors are making a huge hit, especially in the automotive space.

  10. samicksha
    January 21, 2014

    Laser diodes were unveiled at the CES Show that are going to be used for high beam headlights in Audi vehicles. The car maker says that their high beams have a 500-meter range, which is roughly twice the distance of LED high beams. Curious to know how energy efficient and costly they will be.

  11. eafpres
    January 21, 2014

    @samicksha–over on the sister site, All LED Lighting, there are some discussions about laser headlights.  In the US, as I understand it, what is proposed is to augment the existing lights as there are regulatory approvals needed for an acutal LED or laser diode as the main headlamp, and so far that isn't spproved in the US.  So what I think they will do is use the diode laser to create an actively controlled longer-range part of the beam, but avoide blinding oncoming drivers etc.  The idea is to create effectively a beam shape that is shortest in the middle (directly in front of the car) and much longer at the sides, so the light more or less wraps around cars in front.  We shall see if this works OK.  For me, all the newer headlights, ever since they started using so-called projector lamps, are too blue and very blinding for me.  

  12. eafpres
    January 21, 2014

    @DaeJ–maybe you can write something about the forklift application.  In fact, I think there are many applications of forklifts that people would like to apply automation, but it  is slow coming.  One reason for wanting automation is that there is extra training for the operators of forklifts, and plenty of accidents.  

    When I was at the Material Handling exposition there were many electronics companies working on things like autonomous forklifts and other vehicles for use in warehouses and manufacturing.

  13. fasmicro
    January 22, 2014

    The soul of this industry rests on continous integration. Without integration, we will still be in the pre-Jack Kilby era which certainly would not have produced smart watches and pacemakers. ISSCC is a great conference except that the focus is not on products but circuits

  14. fasmicro
    January 22, 2014

    Moscow Innovation Forum which the Skolkovo hub is bankrolling is coming up as a big one where many electronics-driven innovations are on display. It is certainly the big one in Russia.

  15. fasmicro
    January 22, 2014

    >>you're right abou that, the technology industry is heating up, at CES we seen some new stuffs, from safe-driving car sensors to 

    Good point, “heating up” is the phrase. I think we will have correction sooner or later. Usually, the consumers win when these companies build some of these disruptive innovations that end up throwing some players out of the market while few survive.


  16. Davidled
    January 23, 2014

    We try to install the weight sensor and obstacle detection sensor in the Forklift. The weight sensor detects the total mass of carry and obstacle detection sensor is located in the load apron. Sensor will detect some object below of the Forks.

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