Don't most switching voltage regulators (except the low-current switched cap variety) already use inductors/transformers as the main energy storage element between the rails? Don't the capacitors mainly filter switching and ripple currents?
Using inductors to store energy for digital circuits sounds challenging. Digital circuits require currents in spikes at the switching instants and inductors are not the ideal tool for this. The Ldi/dt drop in inductors will cause additional voltage drops and may not be suitable for digital circuits.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.