Direct off-line AC regulators are becoming easier and easier to use which raises the possibility to take the AC-DC conversion deeper and deeper into some designs, closer to the point of use of the power.
The lump-in-a-cord PSU is a no-brainer for some jobs, but when that won't cut it, taking the AC power far into your product to a few square inches of off-line converter make a lot of sense compared to building your own multi-level power distribution. The cost of insulation and isolation is not high and all the support parts are available.
Much better in some apps than distributing high DC current busses.
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.