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. Smart consumer devices make life consistently easier and more convenient.
Infineon’s semiconductor solutions turn smart devices into voice-operated assistants, digital wallets and health tracker.
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.
PSoCTM 6 bridges the gap between expensive, power-hungry application processors and low performance microcontrollers (MCUs). The PSoCTM 6 MCU contains a dual CPU architecture, with both CPUs on a single chip. Beyond the low-power core, the PSoCTM 6 programmable processor line has six power modes for fine-grained power management. Built-in security protects your IoT system.
Matching the PSoCTM 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.
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, the 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.
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.
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, Authenticate and Connect product families offers a full range of security chips to address individual needs in the field of embedded authentication, brand protection, and advanced security applications.
The IoT also enables a form of home entertainment that is about much more than just watching films or playing video games – i.e. "augmented reality" or "virtual reality". Recent technological advances have opened up countless new ways for people to spend their free time at home in the living room, the garage, or in the garden – be that flying a multicopter or making their own products using a 3D printer.
The increasing use of smartwatches, hearables, and connected TV devices is simultaneously propelling the advancement of IoT technology: electronic components are becoming increasingly small, sensor and microcontroller performance is improving, and data analysis in the Cloud or on the Edge is creating more and more possibilities. This is even paving the way for the use of wearables in telemedicine: Smart health applications are improving health care for the world's growing population and aging societies.
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.
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.
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.
Wearables 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.
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, this type of 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.