Smart things

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Smart consumer devices make life easier

Smart things - smart consumer devices that help to make life consistently easier and more convenient like smart speakers, mobile devices, home entertainment devices but also wearables - are increasingly turning into voice-operated assistants, digital wallets and health tracker with powerful semiconductor solutions from Infineon.

We live in a world, where technology shapes almost every aspect of our daily life. In 2030, it is predicted that around 50 billion devices will be connected to the IoT, most of which will be owned by private users. One area that particularly fascinates consumers are “smart things” - devices like smart speakers, mobile devices, home entertainment devices but also wearables – as they increasingly help to make life consistently easier and more convenient. And people are particularly fascinated by the existing but also upcoming new use-cases and the possibilities provided.

With the increasing connectivity and digitalization of our everyday lives, fueled by special situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers' demands on their devices are also rising. It's no longer enough for them to be easy to use and make our daily lives more convenient. They should also be energy-efficient, safe, and best of all, anticipate what we want next. So let us imagine a world, where all the technology is unobtrusive and seamlessly integrated into our life. Where active communication between people and devices is no longer necessary. In this world, there is no need to push buttons or issue commands because the devices are directly addressing your wishes because they are contextual aware.

Great for consumers – but what would that mean for manufacturers?

Many manufacturers have great visions of such smart things, but they are not necessarily experts in the sense-compute-actuate-connect-secure continuum. And in many cases, newcomers to the IoT space have neither the in-house resources nor the budget to invest in dedicated security or connectivity capabilities. The question is, how can they balance the need for speed in development with the equally pressing need for reliable connectivity, contextual awareness, and robust security for example?

Here Infineon supports with a wide range of solutions spanning sensors, microcontrollers, actuators, communication modules, and security components all of which are easy-to-integrate and work together seamlessly.

Sense - compute - actuate - connect - secure: This is how we make IoT work

SENSE: Versatile sensors for high-end performance with easy integration

The XENSIV™ family is the broadest portfolio of sensor types on the market, offering smart-device manufacturers turnkey solutions that enable a fast time-to-market.

XENSIV™ MEMS microphones introduce a new performance class for MEMS microphones. The portfolio of XENSIV™ MEMS microphone-based reference designs and Infineon inside MEMS microphones will propel audio performance to the next level for even the most demanding applications.

The XENSIV™ family comprises digital, barometric absolute pressure sensors that impress with their small size, low power consumption, highest precision, environmental robustness and relative accuracy over a wide temperature range. Explore our Infineon inside pressure sensor partner products to find the ideal solution for your needs.

Health monitoring, gesture control, and presence detection are among the applications for which Infineon’s 60 GHz radar is a versatile solution, while Infineon’s REAL3™ image sensors are the right choice for authentication via face recognition and AR/VR applications. They are based on Infineon ToF (time of flight), which is the most advanced vision-sensing technology in the world today.

Yet smart things also rely on physical interaction between users and devices. Infineon’s CAPSENSE™ solutions bring elegant, reliable, and easy-to-use capacitive-touch sensing functionality to your design. CAPSENSE™ boasts industry-leading low-power operation, with an average current consumption of 22 µA.

COMPUTE: Bridging the gap between high performance and low power

PSoC™ 6 bridges the gap between expensive, power-hungry application processors and low performance microcontrollers (MCUs).

The PSoC™ 6 MCU contains a dual CPU architecture, with both CPUs on a single chip. Beyond the low-power core, the PSoC™ 6 programmable processor line has six power modes for fine-grained power management. Built-in security protects your IoT system.

Matching the PSoC™ 6 family, EXCELON™ – the next-generation Ferroelectric RAM – combines ultra-low-power operation with high-speed interfaces, instant nonvolatility, and unlimited read/write cycle endurance, making it the ideal data-logging memory for portable medical, wearable applications.

ACTUATE: From Qi transmitter to Class D amplifier

Wireless power is becoming increasingly integral for the multifaceted world of smart things. Infineon offers safe and efficient wireless charging solutions for inductive and resonant topologies.

These include customized turnkey system solutions containing software, such as the 15 W Qi table-top transmitter or the 2.5 W resonant multi-device charger with transmitter and receiver solutions.

For great-sounding products, Infineon's MERUS™ multilevel Class D amplifier ICs boast superior energy efficiency and power density. Infineon’s portfolio includes fully integrated single-chip audio solutions alongside discrete audio solutions with highly scalable amplifier driver IC and power MOSFET combinations.

CONNECT: From Bluetooth to 5G - Connectivity on demand

Today’s requirements for mobile-device and wireless applications are increasingly strict due to 4G/5G. Designers therefore need highly integrated RF front-end solutions with lower loss rates, more powerful performance, and greater linearity. Infineon offers a broad product portfolio of high-performance RF front-end components, including antenna tuners, RF switches, LNAs, and LMMs.

To ensure flexible connectivity worldwide, Infineon offers a wide range of high-quality 5G-ready eSIM solutions ranging from eSIM hardware to high-end, ready-to-connect bundles like OPTIGA™ Connect. Combining certified, best-in-class security hardware with a fast, interoperable operating system (OS), OPTIGA™ Connect solutions are optimized for the requirements of the IoT and consumer devices. Pre-integrated connectivity and remote profile provisioning capabilities support fast and easy deployment and management of connected devices the world over.

The WICED Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combos are a small-form-factor solution for IoT designs and integrate IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WLAN and Bluetooth into a single-chip. Many of the Wi-Fi + Bluetooth combos are supported on WICED Wi-Fi and ModusToolboxTM software development kits that provide code examples, tools, and development support.

SECURE: Creating trust in the digital world

One-stop security solutions from Infineon turn a smart thing into a versatile wallet.

SECORA™ Connect is an all-in-one, turnkey solution that turns the respective wearable or IoT device into a powerful and versatile wallet for securely storing, selecting, and using multiple payment cards or transport tickets, for instance. SECORA™ Connect allows designers of smart wearable systems with no security or antenna design experience to seamlessly integrate a very compact solution with ultra-low power consumption for various NFC-based applications.

SECORA™ Blockchain is a fast, easy-to-use Java Card™ solution boasting best-in-class security for blockchain system implementation. By providing a safe “vault” for user credentials, SECORA™ Blockchain can reduce the end user’s commercial risk and helps to increase trust in the blockchain system.

Last, but not least, the OPTIGA™ Trust, OPTIGA™ Authenticate and OPTIGA™ Connect product families offer a full range of security chips to address individual needs in the field of embedded authentication, brand protection, and advanced security applications.

Bring your smartwatch and wristband device to the next level

Wearables conquer the market

Wearables come with innovative features for tracking health and fitness data. These practical everyday helpers are comfortable to wear on the body, and can be used for all manner for purposes, depending on the application. When designing wearables, such as smartwatches, wristbands, and hearables, the key factors are size, wearing comfort, and ease of use.

Innovation, measurement accuracy, and robustness are other important requirements. As wearables track the movements of the wearer in a variety of conditions, the components must be able to withstand different temperatures and detect movement accurately and reliably. In the end, a wearable will only work properly if it is reliable, effective, impervious to environmental factors, and works when worn in different positions.

Wearables solutions

Small, energy-saving sensors provide a sophisticated way of tracking a person's health, physical activity, and exercise. RF components ensure the best possible connectivity and location determination, so that the user can be closer to friends and family. Wireless charging makes everyday life much easier, and it is almost as if the devices "charge themselves". As wearables collect user data on health and fitness, high-level data security to protect privacy must take top priority: with integrated hardware security solutions, user data on wearables is reliably protected. Thanks to integrated chip solutions, such as SECORA™ Connect, the functionality of wearables can be enhanced by the ability to make secure, hygienic, and easy contactless payments.

Explore different use cases and learn how Infineon makes smart things work

Discover the most common wristband use cases.

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Discover the most common smart and sports watch use cases.

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Radar-based blood pressure sensor for wearables

The US startup Blumio is currently developing a mobile, non-invasive blood pressure sensor based on Infineon's radar chipset. The new chipset enables continuous and precise measurements without the need for a cable. The new technology has the potential to disrupt the USD 45 billion dollar market for wearable cardiovascular monitoring devices.

Once the design has been successfully completed, a kit combining Infineon's radar and development board and Blumio's software and algorithms will be released to consumer and medical wearable device makers to integrate into their blood pressure monitoring devices.

Explore the innovative health monitoring system enabled by Infineon's radar

Seamless transfer of bank details from cards to wearables

Contactless payments

Paying for an espresso via smartphone, for a ticket via NFC ring or the shopping via smartwatch - contactless payment is convenient and fast, and convenience is king!

Smart things are now also available with functions for making contactless payments – no matter whether the device in question is a fashion accessory, battery-powered smartwatch, or fitness tracker. For this purpose, special electronics modules combine a secure element with a system-in-package NFC antenna, making it easy for device manufacturers to integrate and manage payment applications and ticketing and access solutions.

SECORA™ Connect NFC payment solution empowers smart wearables and IoT devices. Smart watches, wristbands, health or fitness trackers are becoming increasingly popular by adding ever more functions, despite severe space and power limitations and therefore are making their way into daily routines. By implementing SECORATM Connect, device makers can achieve ultra-low power consumption and realize smallest form factors while still meeting the rising security and contactless requirements of the payment industry.

Discover more contactless and secure payment and mobility solutions

The potential for wearables in transport ticketing

How can Public Transport Operators (PTOs) and Public Transport Authorities (PTAs) cost-effectively adapt their networks to enable more convenient wearable payments for consumers? And, more importantly, is it worth it? Read the article to learn more.

 

SECORA™ security solutions

Weather your grabbing a coffee or renting a car a smart card or wearable is an easy, fast, and convenient way to pay. Click here for more information about Infineon's SECORATM security solutions.

Just swipe and go!

In an increasingly converged world, users are looking for one thing above all – convenience. More and more services spanning payment, access, ticketing and identification are being delivered through mobile devices, wearables, token  or smart cards, equipped with contactless technologies like NFC or BLE. Users expect these services to work quickly and securely. In other words, they want to just swipe and go!

As device makers are seeking for solutions to integrate individual providers and issuers for the worldwide consumers, we collaborate with global partners to offer service enablement as the key delivery.

Voice-user interfaces that hear better, sound better, and react more intuitively

Smart speakers

Smart speakers combine speakers and voice control via an integrated virtual assistant in a manner that makes intuitive interaction with the user possible: in future, the need for activating these household helpers using a special password will be entirely eliminated, made redundant through voice recognition, radar sensors, or 3D image sensors.

A few years ago, a smart speaker was still a technical novelty in the household. Now they are practically part and parcel of everyday life. The rapid adoption of these devices in our daily lives has led to a constant increase in expectations from the users of these voice-user interfaces. Components such as MEMS microphones and controllers for touchscreens, the innovative use of radar for presence detection, and 3D ToF image sensors for authentication are key to improving the user experience in the intelligent speaker segment and beyond, including home entertainment.

Learn more about smart speaker solutions from Infineon

Webinar: Gear up for your Next Gen Designs with Infineon Smart Speaker Solutions

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Training: Introduction to smart speakers

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