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Maxim showcases MCU apps, Audio products at CES

Posted: 16 Jan 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:CES 2013? Electronica? Cardio Leaf t-shirt? Bluetooth transmitter? FlexSound?

During CES 2013, integrated circuit developer Maxim Integrated has recently demonstrated its intent to focus on some of the key technology trends shaking the industry. Maxim used the expo to showcase the importance of microcontrollers in virtually anything connected.

As it did at the Electronica convention in Munich back in November, Maxim showed off its Cardio Leaf t-shirt to demonstrate the integration of sensors with the analogue technology that controls them and processes their data.

Not that Maxim intends to sell t-shirts, of course, but the prototype serves to show possible applications for being able to monitor heart rate and cardiovascular health using a microcontroller, power management, and a Bluetooth transmitter to send the information to a screen in an elegant, almost seamless way.

The company also paraded its audio products, notably the FlexSound configuration applications tool, a programmable set of digital audio signal processing blocks used in Maxim's products to provide or enhance audio functions such as compression, limiting, or equalisation. The FlexSound system even includes a programmable DSP core, hard-wired digital macros, and associated memory architecture.

Check out the video for a look at how it all works.

- Sylvie Barak
??EE Times

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