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Future Electronics


Amar Abid-Ali
Vertical Segment Director
Future Electronics


The story of the electronics industry’s technology battles tends to end with a decisive victory for one side or the other. VHS won, and Betamax became extinct. In the mobile phone, Nokia’s doomed Symbian was briefly the leading OS in smartphones, until the Android™ operating system became dominant.

It is looking, however, as though the market for IoT connectivity could buck this trend, simultaneously supporting multiple technology options. There is good reason for this: the term ‘IoT’ applies to an incredibly diverse range of applications, and their connectivity requirements can vary widely. Different technologies can coexist if they are meeting different needs.

In industrial applications, robust wired connections continue to be made via proven fieldbus connections in many factories, using communications protocols such as EtherCAT and Profibus. Recent years have seen the emergence, however, of industrial variants of Ethernet, such as the Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) protocol for real-time, high-availability communication. In this issue of FTM, designers of industrial Ethernet communications systems can learn about the WAGO 852-1411, 852-1417 and 852-1505 series of robust Ethernet switches, which provide features such as a rugged housing and redundant power supply suitable for use in high-reliability applications, as shown on page 11.

Ethernet is far from the only high-bandwidth wired communications option for today’s system designers: USB adoption continues to grow and grow, and this trend is represented in FTM by ON Semiconductor’s FUSB3xxx series, as shown on page 12.

These USB Type-C devices provide an integrated solution for designers who wish to take advantage of the new convenient connector design and the increased power and bandwidth capabilities of the USB-C technology.

The field of connectivity for the IoT is dynamic, seeing the frequent introduction of new technologies and capabilities, some of which are featured in this issue of FTM. If you would like advice on choosing the best option for your application, the engineers at Future Electronics are always ready to help.

For technical support in using these or any other components featured in FTM1811, please get in touch with your nearest branch, or call 1.800.FUTURE.1 for help.

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