Global Semiconductor Shortages and the Outlook for 2024
This is an excellent article that summarizes the semiconductor supply chain disruptions that we experienced over the last few years, due to a perfect storm of circumstances ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, massive increases in demand of electronics from work from home employees, a fire at a Renesas semiconductor factory in Japan and a drought in Taiwan that impacted semiconductor fabs throughput.
Celadon used these supply chain disruptions as an opportunity to update older circuit designs and standardize a newer, lower cost and more efficient microcontrollers. We were also able to partner with a large Korean semiconductor manufacturer to help guarantee component availability in a reasonable lead-time. A summary of our custom tooling and PCB development services can be found here: https://celadon.com/custom-tooling-pcb-development/
It is encouraging to see that while there are some global challenges, the outlook for 2024 is positive. We are seeing lead-times return closer to pre-COVID levels as fab capacity is increasing and demand is normalizing.
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Bluetooth LE Pairing – Step by Step
This is an excellent article on Bluetooth pairing and provides a general overview of the pairing process. A remote control control would typically pair to a single device, like a set-top box or camera, and use either a Secure Connection (SC) or Legacy Pairing Method. A remote would normally be used in a private environment, where the security requirements would be lower than devices used in a public space.
Celadon works closely with clients to define functional and security requirements for Bluetooth products to ensure optimum performance and usability.