Excelpoint Showcases Innovative Mobility Solutions at Future Mobility Asia 2024

SINGAPORE, 15 May 2024 – Excelpoint Systems (Pte) Ltd, a leader in smart mobility solutions, is excited to announce its participation in the annual Future Mobility Asia event, taking place from May 15-17, 2024, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand. This year, Excelpoint is proud to collaborate with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), as well as industry partners to showcase Battery Management Systems (BMS) and Electrification & Powertrain technologies.

Spanning a 48 square meter booth, Excelpoint and ADI are set to demonstrate their latest innovations using ADI’s cutting-edge technologies to highlight product competencies in today’s rapidly evolving mobility landscape. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience first-hand technological advancements that are defining the future of transportation.

In addition to the exhibition, Excelpoint has set up at a presentation corner where partners will present their solutions, discussing the impact and benefits of their technologies in fostering sustainable mobility. These presentations are designed to provide insights into the practical applications and advantages of the showcased solutions using ADI’s technologies.

“Participating in Future Mobility Asia with ADI allows us to showcase our joint efforts in developing and deploying technologies that support the shift towards sustainable mobility,” said Kenny Ng, Product Marketing Director of Excelpoint Systems (Pte) Ltd. “We are excited to demonstrate how our BMS and EV charging solutions are making a significant impact in the industry.”

The event is a key platform for policymakers, industry leaders, and innovators to connect and explore the challenges and opportunities in developing sustainable mobility solutions. Excelpoint’s presence underscores its commitment to support key players like ADI in their innovation journey, where they are then able to focus on developing and providing effective solutions that contribute to the global goal of achieving net-zero emissions.

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About Excelpoint:

Excelpoint Technology Pte Ltd (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries (“Excelpoint” or the “Group”) are one of the leading regional business-to-business (“B2B”) platforms providing quality electronic components, engineering design services and supply chain management to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), original design manufacturers (“ODMs”) and electronics manufacturing services (“EMS”) in the Asia Pacific region. Excelpoint Technology Pte Ltd has been recognised in the Top 25 Global Electronics Distributors and Top Global Distributors lists by EBN (a premier online community for global supply chain professionals) and EPSNews (a US premier news, information and data portal and resource centre for electronics and supply chain industries) respectively.

Excelpoint works closely with its manufacturers to create innovative solutions to complement its customers’ products and solutions. Aimed at improving its customers’ operational efficiency and cost competitiveness, the Group has set up research and development (“R&D”) centres in Singapore, China and Vietnam that are helmed by its dedicated team of professional engineers.

Analog Devices: Next-Generation Building Controller, Unlocking a New Smart Experience

With the continuous advancement of science and technology and people’s pursuit of higher quality of life, smart buildings have become a critical direction for future architectural development. The emergence of smart buildings is mainly to intelligently control and optimize the building environment. The seamless integration of structure, equipment, and services enhances energy efficiency, safety, comfort, and sustainability, driving the development of smart cities.

Meanwhile, global challenges such as urbanization and climate change are accelerating the demand for smart buildings. By using multiple data sources within secure, scalable, and interconnected systems, effective decisions can be made in real time, creating more energy-efficient and effective environments. High-precision data allows for real-time interactions and responses between buildings and users, creating safe and efficient spaces applicable to commercial, residential, and even industrial sectors.

Figure 1. Building Control System

Building automation systems can maximize comfort, safety and energy efficiency while supporting scalability. From HVAC to lighting, maximizing work performance requires a complex and reliable network that provides accurate data and connections. As building control systems become more localized, platform solutions are emerging that can save time and costs. These solutions, with their low power consumption and flexibility, make buildings easier to reconfigure to meet evolving needs.

ADI’s building automation system technology is designed to manage the rapid increase in connected devices, facilitating the development of smart buildings. These smaller, scalable, low-power solutions support the use of building control platform approaches to monitor, control, and reconfigure on a local or higher level. They are not only suitable for existing building network topologies and standards but also to new, more advanced technology.

As shown in Figure 2, the building automation system is divided into four layers. The first layer from top to bottom is the management layer, where the server equipment and upper-layer management technology are implemented. This layer enables the current working status of each subsystem to be accessed through servers on a computer.

The second layer is the Network Distribution/Integration Layer. This layer interfaces with each control device, and the subsystems within the integration layer may each manage a smaller system, such as lighting, temperature, or HVAC systems. This arrangement not only facilitates categorized management but also allows for the expansion into more complex systems.

Next is the Controller layer, which delves into the decentralized control discussed above; this is where the core devices for distributed management are located. It can be understood as an on-site brain through which decisions are made quickly. For example, if high temperature is detected, it can use the built-in PID algorithm to drive the fans to work faster, thus lowering the temperature. Therefore, the building controller has a large number of analog sensor I/Os.

The bottom layer is the Field Sensor layer. This layer connects to a multitude of sensors to detect the condition of the site or the entire building, making it crucial for information gathering. There is also a last equipment layer, which includes devices like compressors. This layer is sometimes also connected to the controller layer, essentially comprising the on-site equipment.

Figure 2: Building automation system

Modern building automation systems connect elevators, water pumps, fans, air conditioning, HVAC, and lighting equipment for online monitoring. By installing appropriate sensors, temperature, humidity, and lighting levels can be automatically controlled via switches. As the core device in building automation, the building controller (Direct Digital Controller) receives settings from the supervisory system, real-time data from onsite sensors, and outputs control actions, thereby implementing a true closed-loop control system.

Building controllers, also known as digital controllers, primarily sense the input/output of external analog and digital signals. They are equipped with numerous PID control units required for building automation, which control the entire system. Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) offers a wide range of products in building control systems, generally categorized into Software IO, 10Base-T1L, RS-485, and SPoE, among others.

ADI Product Introduction

Inputs/outputs and analog input/output are key signal interfaces and action interfaces for building controller devices. Traditional control systems use a complex set of channel modules, analog and digital signal converters. Separate wired inputs/outputs to communicate with sensors require costly and labor-intensive manual configuration.

ADI’s launch of I/O chips for building control and process automation greatly reduces the difficulty of design. It uses common interfaces to respond to different needs, greatly simplifying the complexity of hardware design. Additionally, they enable manufacturers and industrial operators to flexibly configure channel functions on-site.

Having partnered with ADI for over thirty years, Excelpoint has developed multiple solutions tailored to meet customer application needs. Focusing on two types of transmission links, Excelpoint currently highlights the AD74412R/AD74413R as key recommendations in the market.

Figure 3: AD74412R/AD74413R block diagram

Both products feature reconfigurable module channels that enable the design of remotely controllable systems quickly and easily without the need for extensive rewiring. This greatly increases the speed and flexibility of implementation for manufacturers and industrial operators, allowing them to make changes without significant increase in costs and downtime.

The AD74412R and AD74413R are four-channel software-configurable input/output solutions for building and process control applications. They include functionalities for analog output, analog input, digital input, and resistance temperature detector (RTD) measurements, all integrated into a single-chip solution via a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI). The kit features a 16-bit Σ-Δ analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and four configurable 13-bit digital-to-analog converters (DAC), offering four configurable input/output channels and a set of diagnostic functions. Both AD74412R and AD74413R include a high-precision 2.5 V internal reference voltage source to drive the DAC and ADC, providing multiple input/output modes.

ADI Innovative Connectivity Technology: 10Base-T1L

New buildings are equipped with advanced technologies that can remotely control HVAC systems, detect space occupancy, automatically control lighting and monitor environmental conditions, making these buildings more sustainable while also improving the safety and comfort of building occupants. ADI has developed advanced measurement, connectivity, and processing technologies aimed at improving the sustainability of both new and existing buildings. These technologies support the healthy development of buildings, facilitate building renovations to reuse twisted pair infrastructure, and connect modern systems through 10BASE-T1L Ethernet.

The fundamental difference between 10Base-T1L and traditional Ethernet is the use of two wires. Conventional Ethernet typically uses three wires or more, and reducing the number of wires significantly lowers the overall installation requirements. Traditional Ethernet requires specialized cables, while 10Base-T1L can operate with standard twisted pair cables, addressing the challenges of on-site layout and installation. Essentially, it allows achieving 10 Mbps Ethernet speeds using regular twisted pair cables.

Figure 4 shows the general topology of the entire communication link in building automation. The rise in data volumes has led to the realization that traditional solutions are approaching their physical threshold. Moving the intelligence to the edge, enable sensors and actuators to exchange high volume of data. Therefore, the building controller in the middle plays a crucial role in bridging the gap, converting the analog signals collected onsite into digital signals, and finally sending them to the server.

Figure 4: Simplified diagram of building automation communication link process

RS-485 is still a relatively mainstream method in building automation, having been widely used in almost every industrial and residential sector for decades. Its primary feature is its two-wire system, which is very convenient to use. The daisy chain configuration is also easy to install and set up, with communication speeds and distances reaching up to 38.4kbps and 1.2km, respectively.

Although RS-485 is widely used in building automation, there is a need for technological innovation. Through these years, several issues have arisen, such as the difficulty of debugging this architecture. A failure in a single device node can compromise the entire bus network, requiring a systematic dismantling and inspection prior to reinstallation. Large smart buildings such as airports, stadiums, or commercial structures, this issue can translate into a substantial operational burden.

Typical smart buildings consist of controllers and various nodes that make up the building automation system, and connecting easily to all these devices is not straightforward. Excelpoint recommends ADI’s classic switch product, the ADIN2111, which is compatible with IEEE 802.3cg and 10BASE-T1L standards. It facilitates the introduction of Ethernet into point-to-point and ring network configurations for controllers and edge nodes, reducing the load on controllers and simplifying upgrades.

The ADIN2111 is a low-power, low-complexity, dual Ethernet port switch. It incorporates a 10BASE-T1L PHY and a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) port, designed for low-power constrained nodes. It is targeted towards industrial Ethernet applications and complies with the IEEE® 802.3cg-2019™ Ethernet standard, making it suitable for long-distance 10 Mbps single-pair Ethernet (SPE).

Figure 5: ADIN2111

The switch (cut through or store and forward) supports various routing configurations between the two Ethernet ports and the SPI host port providing a flexible solution for line, daisy-chain, or ring network topologies. The ADIN2111 can be used in unmanaged configurations where the device automatically forwards the traffic between the two Ethernet ports.

The ADIN2111 supports cable reach up to 1700 meters and features ultra-low power consumption of 77 mW. Its two PHY cores support 1.0 V p-p and 2.4 V p-p transmit levels as defined in the IEEE 802.3cg standard, and it can be powered by a single 1.8 V or 3.3 V power rail.

The device integrates the switch, two Ethernet physical layer (PHY) cores with a MAC interface and all the associated analog circuitry, and input and output clock buffering. The device also includes internal buffer queues, the SPI and subsystem registers, as well as the control logic to manage the reset and clock control and hardware pin configuration.

The ADIN2111 has an integrated voltage supply monitoring circuit and power-on reset (POR) circuitry to improve system level robustness. The 4-wire SPI for communication with the host can be configured to OPEN Alliance SPI or generic SPI. Both modes support optional data protection or cyclic redundancy check (CRC).

Power over Ethernet (PoE) Solution

SPoE (Single Pair Power over Ethernet), previously known as PoDL (Power over Data Lines), is designed to complement the earlier mentioned 10base-T1L technology. For instance, after customers use the two-wire 10base-T1L Ethernet technology and require self-powering, this feature allows the endpoint to both transmit data and provide power over a single twisted pair, enabling the creation of very thin panels. self-powered endpoints can proactively transmit status updates periodically and according to schedule, instead of just passively receiving queries from the main station.

Excelpoint recommends the LTC9111, an IEEE 802.3cg compliant Single-Pair Power over Ethernet (SPoE) Powered Device (PD) controller. Its wide 2.3V to 60V operating range capability, combined with polarity correction, makes the LTC9111 particularly well-suited for classification-based systems in building and factory automation.

Figure 6: LTC9111 block diagram

SCCP-based classification ensures that Power Supply Equipment (PSE) only provides full operating voltage when a valid PD is connected. The LTC9111 drives two external N-channel MOSFET switches during classification with micropower operation to minimize reservoir capacitor requirements. An external N-channel MOSFET switch isolates the output capacitance from the connector during classification and inrush.

When the PD input voltage exceeds the ON voltage threshold of the configured class or after a mandated delay, the voltage monitor can enable the external MOSFET. The EN output is asserted following a controlled ramp-up of the GATE pin. The MOSFET is disabled when the input voltage falls below the OFF voltage threshold for the configured class. The LTC9111 drives a pair of external low-side N-channel MOSFETs with a low start-up voltage of 1.6V for polarity correction with reduced power losses.

Summary

Excelpoint believes that ADI’s innovative technology and systems expertise are helping to shape the future of the smart building industry. Their products and solutions offer configurable, simplified, and high-performance development trends for smart building control systems, while also laying the groundwork for future technological innovations in the market, enabling better preparation for various challenges.

Analog Devices: Helping Achieve Net Zero CO2 Emissions with Single-Pair Ethernet

Written by Meghan Kaiserman, Strategic Marketing Director

Abstract

To meet net zero CO2 emission goals, the building sector needs to modernize its communication infrastructure. This article shows how single-pair Ethernet, specifically 10BASE-T1L, enables the easy retrofitting of buildings using legacy links like RS-485 to improve digitization, enable automation, improve security, and substantially lower energy consumption to achieve greater sustainability.

Introduction

To address climate change and sustainability, over 90 countries are actively developing net zero CO2 emission policies. In short, net zero is achieved when human-based CO2 emissions are both reduced and counterbalanced through other activities.

A fundamental factor in reaching net zero is the reduction of CO2 emissions across all industries. However, according to the International Energy Association (IEA), the building sector is not on track to meet global 2050 net zero CO2 emission goals. Specifically, 2030 goals target 35% less energy consumption per square meter compared to 2021.1 As buildings account for 30% of global energy consumption today, there is concern that emission goals will not be met unless the industry takes specific action to digitize systems and implement automation. Further complicating the challenge is that to implement effective automation, more real-time data capture is needed at a level that exceeds the current throughput capacity and responsiveness of legacy RS-485-based infrastructure. In addition, connecting devices and building systems to the network exposes them to cyberattacks, requiring advanced security beyond the current capabilities of these legacy networks.

This article explores how single-pair Ethernet can help the building industry meet net zero goals while supporting AI-based automation in a secure and cost-effective manner. Single-pair Ethernet enables long-reach connectivity to the edge for both greenfield and retrofit installations, making it a critical tool for seamless data transfer between IT and OT domains.

Energy Savings Through Digitalization

The IEA 2030 Net Zero plan3 requires a ~15% reduction in emissions by reducing demand through techniques like behavioral changes and digitalization. While teaching people how to conserve energy can be effective, IEA case studies4 point to automation rather than behavior change as having the most potential for energy reduction.

Increasing digitalization of commercial buildings will enable operators to not only measure operational improvements but also provide the foundation for operational automation. With access to the right sensor data and control capabilities, it is possible to optimize the operation of buildings to reduce energy consumption while best serving the people within.

For example, the need to improve indoor air quality places additional demands on building operations. New regulations such as ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1 require the intake of more outdoor air, and additional amounts2 may be required to ensure best practices for health and hygiene. These ventilation standards will result in increased energy consumption, meaning energy demand will need to be further reduced. To achieve optimal operation, the many HVAC systems within a building need to be able to work together to avoid having the systems work at cross purposes.

Converging operations of disparate HVAC, lighting, fire, and access control systems requires access to the right data and controls. These allow AI and machine learning (ML) optimization to determine the ideal use of light, heating, or cooling based on people’s current and planned activity. They also allow control of airflow to help ensure proper indoor air quality while balancing energy consumption.

However, it is hard to converge data from multiple systems with separate vendors maintaining separate databases, leading to data siloes. According to the IEA group working on data sharing guidelines5 for buildings and HVAC systems, the challenge then is to bring diverse data sources together in a single pane of glass, so that trends can be compared, and analytics applied, to yield new insights, as shown in Figure 1.

Modernizing the Communications Infrastructure

Key to merging the many different data sources within a building is the measurement and connectivity infrastructure being used. Traditionally, sensors and controls in commercial buildings have been connected through wired serial communication links using RS-485 transceivers and protocols like BACnet™, Modbus, and LonWorks.6

RS-485, however, is a legacy interface that is limited in both throughput and security. For example, the maximum baud rate for BACnet MS/TP, a common building automation protocol, running on an RS-485 physical layer is 115.2 kbps.10 In addition, legacy communication protocols like BACnet and Modbus were designed for closed networks and lacked built-in encryption and authentication capabilities. This creates a large cybersecurity threat as these devices are connected to the internet through gateways to IT infrastructure.

Single-pair Ethernet, specifically 10BASE-T1L, is an exciting new communication method ratified on November 2019, IEEE 802.3cg, which is now being deployed in buildings.9 Wired serial link cable used for RS-485 runs can be reused with 10BASE-T1L Ethernet data running over it. Thus, existing infrastructure can be adapted to single-pair Ethernet. This has many benefits:

  • Nodes can now support higher bandwidths of up to 10 Mbps.
  • Nodes are IP addressable, simplifying the management of devices.
  • Reach increases to 1 km, which is enough to support the maximum lengths used for existing RS-485 cabling runs. This is a marked improvement over standard 10 Mbps/100 Mbps Ethernet’s limit of just 100 m.11
  • IEEE 802.3cg specifies Class 15 and allows up to 52 W of power to be sent over single twisted pair cable along with 10BASE-T1L data. With the recently released LTC4296-1 power over Ethernet (PoE) controller, systems can deliver power to a wide range of end devices. Note that due to variations in cable quality, power delivery is recommended for new installs only.

As a first step in the digitalization journey, building controllers using standard 10 Mbps/100 Mbps Ethernet have been deployed, communicating with Ethernet-based versions of these legacy protocols, called BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP.6 BACnet/IP devices use the same data objects as BACnet MS/TP legacy devices, so it is easy to implement a system with both types of devices. Ethernet-connected installs with IP-based protocols like BACnet/IP and Modbus TCP/IP that support modern cybersecurity measures are on the rise.12 BACnet has about 60% market share7 worldwide and about 80% of new installs are using wired RS-485-based serial communications. The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) estimated that in 2019, 5% of HVAC sensors were wireless with lower connection reliability and the need for batteries limiting where this can be adopted.8

Improved Communications

Heating and cooling systems have multiple components that need to exchange information to achieve the temperature set point, including thermostats, controllers, air handling units, and variable air volume units. Speeding up the frequency of communication from common serial baud rates of 9.6 kbps to 115.2 kbps to an Ethernet bandwidth of 10 Mbps means the data throughput of the system has increased substantially. There are several important benefits that come with such high speed IP-based communications.

Figure 1. Converging systems allow data visualization through a single pane of glass, which enables energy savings when used alongside automation and AI/ML.

Analytics, not samples: The slow data rates of legacy communication meant building managers had to prioritize what data they collected and sample the data they did collect. With single-pair Ethernet, managers can stop worrying about serial communication sampling rates and focus on developing the wide range of advanced analytics they can now perform with the additional data that can be collected from the system.14

Energy savings: Additional data enables greater energy savings through faster control loops or computationally intensive energy optimizations using models and real-time sensor inputs.

Converged data/elimination of data siloes: Legacy-wired serial communications require a gateway to convert data from edge devices into Ethernet-based packets before passing them to the cloud. Upgrading wired serial communication links to single-pair Ethernet, 10BASE-T1L, allows these gateways to be eliminated while reusing the existing cabling. This avoids data siloes, reduces failure points, eliminates the cost of gateways, and drives down overall latency.

Real-time responsiveness: Communication protocols and software running on gateways slow down response time to the order of seconds, while building automation applications such as IO monitoring may require 100 millisecond or lower latency.13 The higher throughput of single-pair Ethernet combined with the elimination of gateways means faster throughput so systems can respond in real-time.

Secure Communication

Memoori12, a leader in smart buildings research, cites that the lack of effective cyber cover is rapidly becoming the leading barrier to smart building adoption moving forward.

One of the biggest challenges faced with building digitalization is converging the IT and OT domains. It is possible to retrofit security into legacy RS-485-based field bus OT networks by upgrading to protocols like BACnet/SC, but this is costly, time-consuming, and can easily miss vulnerabilities in the existing system. Effective security is critical as building automation systems received the most cyberattacks among all industrial control systems, higher than oil and gas, energy, and automotive manufacturing in a 2020 study by Kaspersky.15

To secure communications, the legacy wired serial communication protocol BACnet has been adapted to BACnet/SC12, which supports secure communications on a wired serial link allowing encryption. However, all BACnet devices on the network need to be upgraded simultaneously to take full advantage of these new capabilities. Existing equipment using legacy BACnet will need to be redesigned and serviced to add the additional cryptography functions required for BACnet/SC. Single-pair Ethernet, specifically 10BASE-T1L, allows an edge node that had been connected using wired, insecure serial communications like BACnet to be upgraded and connected using BACnet/IP protocol running Ethernet-based security. Importantly, this new and improved security posture is achieved without running new, costly Ethernet cables along existing signal paths.

By upgrading devices on OT networks to run secure Ethernet-based protocols, much of the risk associated with cyberattacks can be mitigated. Single-pair Ethernet, 10BASE-T1L, has the promise of enabling the transition from insecure legacy communication to secure Ethernet-based communications with one generation of hardware upgrades while reusing existing wiring infrastructure.

Single-pair Ethernet, 10BASE-T1L, is an important technology that brings IP connectivity to the edge, improving security, reusing wiring, converging IT and OT networks, and even delivering power. With significantly higher throughput, elimination of gateways, and advanced security, single-pair Ethernet will help the building industry achieve the IEA Net Zero 2030 goal of reducing emissions by 15%. Modernizing the communication infrastructure of buildings will provide access to a tremendous amount of real-time data within a building while eliminating data siloes and enabling a single pane of glass approach to management. In addition to allowing faster control loop closure for conventional control schemes and supporting artificial intelligence and ML optimizations, managers will be able to generate actionable insights that result in substantial energy savings.

Analog Devices has a team focused on the sustainable buildings market and is a leader in technologies enabling digital transformation such as single-pair Ethernet (10BASE-T1L), security and intelligent IOs, as well as isolation and wired RS-485 transceivers for legacy systems. Analog Devices has several released single-pair Ethernet products enabling point-to-point (ADIN1100, ADIN1110) as well as line-and-ring architectures (ADIN2111).16 For single-pair power over Ethernet, please see the LTC4296-1 on the power sourcing side and LTC9111 on the device side.

 

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3 Net Zero by 2050—A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector. International Energy Association, 2021.

4 Energy Efficiency 2021. International Energy Association, 2021.

5 IEA Annex 81 Activity A1—A Data Sharing Guideline for Buildings and HVAC Systems. International Energy Association, 2023.

6 The Ultimate Guide to Building Automation Protocols. Smart Buildings Academy, 2020.

7Research Study Indicates BACnet Global Market Share over 60%.” BACnet International, 2018.

8A New Detailed US Field Device Study Is Released.” BSRIA, 2020.

9Single Pair Ethernet on Its Way into the Smart Building.” Smart Buildings Technology, 2020.

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About the Author

Meghan Kaiserman is the strategic marketing director for sustainable buildings at Analog Devices and is focused on digitalization technologies including intelligent IO, single-pair Ethernet, and security. Meghan has over 18 years of service at Analog Devices and previously held roles in applications and systems engineering. She has developed products for the industrial market ranging from precision analog to energy measurement and Industrial Ethernet. Meghan received a B.S.E.E. from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

 

Disclaimer: This article has been published with explicit permission from Analog Devices Inc. (ADI), who has granted Excelpoint the rights to produce and share this content on our platform. All information, insights, and viewpoints are provided in collaboration with ADI, ensuring authenticity and accuracy. No part of this article may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means without prior written consent from ADI and Excelpoint.

Eggtronic: The Future of Flyback

Topologies to Improve Low-Power AC/DC Flyback Conversion

From TVs, computers to gaming consoles and printers, the electronic products in our homes and offices all demand efficient conversion of AC from the wall outlet to the DC used by the active components within the device. And with the exception of kitchen appliances and products such as electric heaters and hair dryers, the majority of these devices are likely to be classified as ‘low-power’, operating at 100 W or below.

Most of the devices in our home or office require low-power AC/DC conversion

In some cases, the AC/DC converter is embedded in the product itself, while others – – including smart home assistants and computer peripherals – have a dedicated external power supply. AC/DC conversion is also fundamental to the adapters used to charge mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices.

While the low power nature of these applications might imply that efficiency is not a huge concern this is not the case. Given the billions of these devices that are in use and that are often left plugged in 24 / 7 the impact on global energy consumption and subsequent emissions is significant. Making AC/DC converters more efficient is, therefore, at the top of the power engineer’s design agenda.

Traditional Approach to Low-Power AC/DC Conversion

Thanks to its versatility, performance and simplicity, the so-called ‘flyback’ topology – which generally comprises a primary-side MOSFET, output (secondary) rectifier diode, output capacitor and flyback transformer and a few other minor components – has been a popular choice for low-power AC/DC conversion for many years.

Figure 1. Simple flyback converter

A version of the topology known as quasi-resonant (QR) flyback has become particularly popular as it enhances efficiency and performance by reducing switching losses through the lowering of primary MOSFET drain-source voltage before the turn-on pulse. This voltage lowering is achieved using a resonance between the transformer inductance and the parasitic capacitance of the power MOSFET, which reduces the energy dissipated as the parasitic MOSFET capacitance is discharged before the MOSFET is turned on.

Figure 2. Quasi-resonant (QR) flyback converter

Waveforms of the MOSFET voltage and corresponding primary and secondary currents are shown below.

After the energy stored in the transformer is fully discharged to the secondary, oscillation occurs across the MOSFET drain. This is caused by the primary inductance and the capacitance seen across the MOSFET drain-to-source. The voltage ringing, which depends on the reflected voltage VR, will produce minimum valley points. When the controller detects the minimum valley point, it turns on the MOSFET for QR or valley switching flyback operation.

QR efficiency gains are primarily realized in full-load with 110V AC grid input, when this architecture is at almost Zero Voltage Switching. At light loads, and when the input is 240 V (i.e. EU grid), efficiency is generally lower because hard switching cannot be avoided.

The QR flyback design can be further improved by implementing zero-voltage switching (ZVS). As stated, in a normal QR flyback design the MOSFET is switched in a ‘valley’ where the drain-source voltage (VDS) is at a minimum, but not necessarily zero. With ZVS (or soft switching), VDS falls to zero before the MOSFET is switched. This not only minimizes losses but reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI).

A more recent evolution is active clamp flyback (ACF) architecture, which uses the energy stored in the transformer’s leakage inductance that would have been dissipated in a passive clamp snubber resistor. Delivering this ‘recycled’ energy to the load improves converter efficiency and significantly reduces the peak voltage across the MOSFET during turn-off. What’s more, the QR ‘valleys’ in an ACF design are significantly lower, often achieving near-ZVS operation, supporting reduced switching losses and lower EMI.

Figure 3. Active clamp flyback (ACF) converter

Flyback Evolution

Designers looking to further enhance performance, efficiency and reliability of AC/DC converter designs now have a further option. Known as QuarEgg®, this innovative evolution of the flyback topology significantly improves the efficiency and reduces the size of AC/DC converters that would normally have been based upon ACF and QR flyback topologies. Unlike other approaches, QuarEgg operates with ZVS under all load conditions to give very flat efficiency curves, delivering up to 95% at full load and up to 92% at light load. What’s more, in standby mode, a QuarEgg-based design consumes less than 18 mW.

Figure 4. Comparison of QuarEgg and QR flyback efficiencies

Compared to a generic QR flyback topology, the new approach adds a low-voltage, low-cost MOSFET on the secondary side in parallel to the SR MOSFETs, which is used mainly for the Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS). The main QuarEgg controller is on the secondary side of the converter so as to enhance output voltage regulation, which integrates the synchronous rectification control as well as the power delivery (PD) control. The elimination of a high-voltage, high-side clamping MOSFET reduces overall component count and improves reliability.

Figure 5. Simplified schematic of QuarEgg AC/DC converter

The ZVS MOSFET is essentially included as a means of actively forcing ZVS for the primary power MOSFET across all load conditions. While the converter is switching, the secondary side controller senses the VDS of the primary MOSFET via the secondary winding. When each crest occurs, the ZVS MOSFET turns on, allowing a small amount of current to be injected in the power transformer, after which it turns off and that energy is rectified and recovered at primary side, discharging the drain node so VDS becomes zero, thereby ensuring a ZVS turn-on of the primary MOSFET.

Figure 5. Key KPIs for QR, ACF and QuarEgg AC/DC conversion solutions

The new topology can be used with all types of MOSFET switching devices, including legacy silicon and wide bandgap (WBG) materials such as gallium nitride (GaN) and silicon carbide (SiC). With improved performance compared to conventional ACF and QR topologies, QuarEgg-based power converters are up to seven times more efficient and three times smaller than traditional silicon converters and up to three times more efficient and twice as small as already high-performance GaN converters.

For more information about topology QuarEgg and controller EPIC1AFQ01, we invite you to visit Eggtronic official website at the following links:

https://www.eggtronic.com/power-converters/quaregg/

https://www.eggtronic.com/products-services/integrated-circuits/EPIC1AFQ01/

 

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Addressing Power Consumption with ADI MAX78000

The combination of artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and industrial automation achieves more than previous generations could have dreamed of. Still, amid all the advancements and success, at least one challenge persists: microcontrollers for AI applications require significant power, leading to additional complications. Generally, the more influential the AI, the more power it requires.

Figure 1. Artificial Intelligence combined with the Internet of Things and industrial automation achieves beneficial results, but often at the cost of excessive power consumption. Image provided courtesy of Pixabay.

However, engineers do not have to settle for high-power AI chips. This article reviews the issues with AI and power and then discusses how the ADI MAX78000 addresses these power problems with ultra-low power consumption. It also includes a reference design to show how engineers can use the hardware.

AI and Power Consumption

An article in Scientific American points out the tremendous amount of electricity used by AI, much of it for the training and inference phases and for cooling the systems involved in the process. This energy consumption will become a greater problem as AI technology implementation grows. This issue does not only affect large-scale AI servers, but it also poses problems for smaller-scale AI implementations.

Rechargeable and battery-powered solutions, including IoT, consume as little power as possible but highly depend on AI microcontrollers for functionality and performance. The power required for AI will shorten the time these devices have to perform their assigned tasks, forcing them to stay close to their rechargeable power source.

Another example is industrial automation. Battery-powered devices, whether small robots carrying parts from one place to another or key sensors for predictive maintenance, have limited run time and may require additional components to keep their circuits from overheating.

Figure 2. Industrial automation in manufacturing facilities requires significant power just for the AI required. Image provided courtesy of Pixabay.

Furthermore, high power consumption generates heat that can complicate designs. Heat dissipation measures are included, making the final product more expensive, heavier, and larger. If not addressed, generated heat can lead to unexpected behavior and failure.

The ADI MAX78000

The ADI MAX78000 is a hardware-based deep convolutional neural network (CNN) accelerator that enables neural networks to work at ultra-low power. It enables battery-powered applications to execute AI inferences using only microjoules of energy via their power management capabilities and dynamic voltage scaling that minimizes active core power consumption.

Figure 3. Simplified block diagram for the ADI MAX78000. Source.

The MAX78000 is an advanced system-on-chip featuring an ARM® Cortex®-M4 with an FPU (floating-point unit) CPU for efficient system control. It includes FPU up to 100MHz, 512KB flash, and 128KB SRAM. The CNN engine has an SRAM-based weight storage memory of 442KB, can support networks of up to 3.5 million weights, and process AI network updates on the fly. In addition, the CNN engine has 512KB of data memory.

The CNN architecture has been engineered for flexibility. It supports networks trained in conventional toolsets (e.g., PyTorch and TensorFlow) and then converted for execution on the MAX78000 using tools provided by Maxim.

Applications for the MAX78000 include object detection and classification, facial recognition, multi-keyword recognition, noise cancellation, sound classification, multi-sensor analysis, and predictive maintenance. The MAX 78000 is ideal for industrial automation and IoT applications, including those that rely on battery power.

Reference Design

IoT and industrial automation often use cameras to capture digital images for processing by AI modules. The MAXREFDES178 (Figure 4) is a cube camera containing two MAX78000 ARM Cortex M4F Microcontrollers with a CNN accelerator unit designed for edge AI applications such as facial and object identification and keyword spotting. It works for security, assembly line automation, quality checks, and more.

Figure 3. A digital cube camera using MAX78000 hardware can be used in a variety of AI applications, including security and quality check. Source

Its hardware comprises a connectivity board based on the MAX32666 and an AI board using two MAX78000 chips. A short 33-position flex cable connects the boards, and the system is battery-powered.

Learning More About ADI MAX78000

Integrating AI, IoT, and industrial automation presents revolutionary advancements — but with a notable challenge: high power consumption. ADI has introduced its MAX78000, a hardware-based deep convolutional neural network (CNN) accelerator designed for ultra-low power consumption to address this issue.

The MAX78000 provides dynamic voltage scaling and power management capabilities to enable AI inference with ultra-low energy consumption, making it suitable for battery-powered applications in a range of applications. To learn more about the MAX78000, contact Excelpoint today.

Introducing NXP’s MCX A: The All-purpose MCU and Enhanced FRDM Development Platform

NXP Semiconductors recently announced the launch of its MCX A series microcontrollers, including the A14x and A15x families, aimed at redefining the standards for versatile microcontroller solutions. Embedded with the powerful Arm® Cortex®-M33 core, these MCUs are designed to cater to a broad spectrum of applications across multiple industries, from industrial communications and smart metering to automation, control, and low-power devices.

The A14x series operates at 48 MHz, while the A15x series doubles that performance at 96 MHz. Both series come in various package options, ensuring adaptability across different hardware requirements. A notable feature of the MCX A series is its exceptional power efficiency, achieved through a capless LDO power subsystem, allowing operation across a range of 1.7V to 3.6V. This efficiency is highlighted by the MCU’s ability to maintain low power consumption across active and deep sleep modes, ensuring sustainability in battery-powered applications.

MCX A Family block diagram

Figure 1. MCX A14/A15 Family Block Diagram

Peripheral innovation is at the heart of the MCX A series. With the inclusion of MIPI I3C®, a modern upgrade to I2C for faster two-wire communication, and a full-speed USB device controller with ISP capabilities, these microcontrollers are set apart for their advanced connectivity options. This makes them suitable for a wide array of applications, including protocol bridging and smart device interfacing.

Figure 2. NXP I3C Support

The MCX A series also boasts a rugged memory subsystem, featuring a Low-Power Cache Controller (LPCAC) for improved processing and peripheral performance, and ECC-capable RAM for applications demanding higher reliability. Furthermore, the series is equipped with a high-speed ADC and comparators, alongside a motor control subsystem, underscoring its utility in precision control systems.

Furthermore, MCX A boasts advanced analog subsystems and motor control capabilities, making it the ideal choice for a spectrum of applications, from precision servo systems to distributed battery management systems.

Facilitating ease of use is the MCUXpresso Developer Experience, offering a comprehensive suite of software and tools tailored for seamless development. From low-level peripheral drivers to middleware support, MCUXpresso empowers developers to realize their visions with unparalleled flexibility.

With support for modern CI/CD workflows, MCX A seamlessly integrates into professional development environments, offering command-line builds and extensive framework support.

Complementing the MCX A series is the FRDM-MCXA153 Development Board, providing developers with a robust platform for rapid prototyping. With Arduino® compatible pin headers and support for additional expansion boards, the FRDM platform offers unparalleled versatility.

Figure 3. FRDM-MCXA153 Development Board.

With the MCX A series, NXP reinforces its commitment to innovation, scalability, and efficiency in the microcontroller domain, setting a new benchmark for intelligent edge devices.

Analog Devices Inc. – Supporting the Future of Electric Vehicles

Technology and engineering must be ready to integrate the latest EV (Electric Vehicle) advancements to continue their development and adoption.

Figure 1. The number of charging stations is growing worldwide, and so is the need for advanced technology to support EVs. Image provided courtesy of Pixabay.

There are three particular areas where innovative solutions are available to support more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective EVs: battery monitoring systems, DCFC stations, and better impedance measuring approaches.

Battery Monitoring Systems
EVs often bring to mind cars and trucks, but two- and three-wheel vehicles must be addressed — especially when it comes to effective battery monitoring systems (BMS). The BMS measures current flow in and out of the battery and the battery voltage to track charge levels and performance.

The quality of the BMS directly impacts the miles per charge an EV can deliver, and it maximizes the battery’s overall lifetime and lowers the cost of ownership — making the choice of BMS critical for manufacturers. The BMS is also a crucial aspect of safety, preventing injury to drivers, passengers, and equipment.

Most two- and three-wheel EVs (and four-wheelers) use battery monitors stacked in a daisy chain configured to monitor every cell in the battery pack. Such battery monitors must be highly accurate over their lifetime and over a range of temperatures.

The ADI ADBMS6948 16-channel battery pack monitor is an excellent example of the type of BMS needed, and a typical application is shown in Figure 2. It is the only Li-ion Cell monitor with a Zero False Positive Over Current (OC) detection feature to detect short circuit events and protect the FETs, improving system reliability and cost. In addition, it uses patented technology that improves the accuracy and reliability of BMS under all operating conditions.

Figure 2. Typical 16-channel battery pack monitor application. Image provided courtesy of Analog Devices.

Also available is the EVAL-ADBMS1818 evaluation board that can monitor up to 18 series-connected battery cells with a total measurement error of less than 3 mV. Multiple devices can be connected in a daisy chain with one host processor for all devices. This daisy chain can also be operated bidirectionally, which ensures communication integrity even if a fault occurs along the communication path.

EV Fast Charging
As EV charging demands increase worldwide and consumers expect fast charging speeds, a significant challenge exists: providing consistent charging power for DCFC (Direct Current, Fast-Charging) stations.

According to experts, the charging peak power that the grid will need to provide locally to charging stations with multiple piles is more than 1 MW. And that power demand can vary intermittently throughout a typical day, with worst-case scenarios involving high charging power needs at the same time the grid is facing its highest demands.

One proposed approach to reduce dependency on the grid for DCFC stations involves implementing local power sources, such as solar and wind energy, for ESS (Energy Storage Systems). The idea is to reuse stored energy — for example, solar energy can be generated during the middle of the day when the grid faces low power demands. Later, that stored energy can be used at night to offset the additional demands made on the grid.

Combining ESS with grid power means that EVs can expect a consistent level of available power to support charging needs and fast charging speeds, not to mention the environmental benefits of reusable energy and reduced power costs.

Using ESS to support fast charging requires monitoring devices for energy storage batteries, such as the ADI LTC6813. The LTC6813-1 is a multicell battery stack monitor engineered to measure up to 18 series-connected battery cells. Its total measurement error is less than 2.2 mV and is suitable for most battery chemistries. In addition, multiple LTC6813-1 devices can be connected in series for long, high-voltage battery strings with one host processor connection.

Figure 3. ADuM4136 functional block diagram. Image provided courtesy of Analog Devices.

In addition to ESS, power conversion systems are also required to efficiently meet the needs of DCFC charging stations. Solutions from ADI include the ADuM4136 isolated gate driver with an LT3999 power supply controller for the power conversion stages designed with SiC MOSFETs. SiC MOSFETs are critical because they allow engineers to implement the required switching frequency to have the best trade-off between system design costs and efficiency compared to equivalent Si-based MOSFETs.

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy
Tracking impedance is essential to support the maximum power capabilities of Lithium-ion battery systems: another example of technology needed to support the future of EVs is the ability to measure DCFC-based EV battery pack impedance. One way to do this is through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), a non-destructive parameter measurement used to measure batteries’ dynamic behavior.

An excellent approach to implementing EIS is to provide both potentiostat and EIS functionality on a single chip as part of an impedance and electrochemical front end. A single-chip approach such as this offers several advantages, including system accuracy, size flexibility (to measure 2-Lead, 3-Lead, and 4-Lead electrochemical sensors), reduced footprint, and a longer useful life.

The ADI 5940 offers high precision, low power analog front ends (AFEs) for electrochemical-based measurement techniques, including impedance, amperometric, or voltammetric measurements, all included on a single chip. This front end also includes an
intelligent autonomous control and is AEC-Q100 qualified for automotive applications. Figure 4 illustrates its simplified block diagram.

Figure 4. Simplified block diagram of the AD5940 high precision, low power AFE. Image provided courtesy of Analog Digital.

Conclusion
The demand for EVs, including two- and three-wheel applications, is multiplying. As a result, automotive engineers find themselves pressured to find solutions to support battery monitoring, fast charging, and impedance measurement. The engineers at Analog Digital understand these needs and are supplying solutions to support these needs, including battery monitoring evaluation boards that support up to 18 series-connected battery cells, SiC-based MOSFETs to support DCFC stations with ESS, and impedance and electrochemical front ends on a single chip.

Contact us today to learn more about the EV products that Analog Digital provides.

Excelpoint Systems Receives Partnership Appreciation Award from Temasek Polytechnic

Excelpoint Systems (Pte) Ltd, has been recognized by Temasek Polytechnic (TP) with the ‘Partnership Appreciation Award’ for their outstanding commitment and contributions to advancing education and industry collaboration.

Excelpoint’s active involvement in TP’s industry projects and the Student Internship Programme has significantly benefited both institutions. Through these partnerships, TP students and staff have gained valuable industry exposure, while Excelpoint has received invaluable support and contributions from TP’s talented students.

One of the key highlights of this collaboration is the joint research and development (R&D) schemes that have enriched TP’s academic programs. Excelpoint has provided industry expertise to TP, enabling the development of practical solutions to address the needs of local SMEs. This partnership has not only enhanced the learning experience for students but has also paved the way for cutting-edge research.

In recognition of their outstanding efforts, TP has awarded Excelpoint Systems the ‘Partnership Appreciation Award’ in 2024. This accolade is a testament to Excelpoint’s unwavering commitment to bridging the gap between academia and industry, fostering innovation, and contributing to the growth of the local business ecosystem.

Excelpoint Systems and Temasek Polytechnic’s collaboration serves as a shining example of the positive impact that can be achieved when educational institutions and industry leaders join forces. Through their continued partnership, both organizations are poised to further advance education and industry collaboration for the benefit of students, businesses, and the community as a whole.

Group shot with all the recipients of ‘Partnership Appreciation Award’.

Qualcomm QCS8250: Unlocking the Future of IoT and Edge AI

In today’s interconnected world, where data-driven insights and powerful edge computing are driving innovation, Qualcomm’s QCS8250 System-on-Module (SOM) and Development Kit (DK) stand at the forefront of cutting-edge technology.

Designed to meet the demands of premium-tier processors, the QCS8250 SOM & DK are poised to QCS8250 offers a powerful heterogeneous computing architecture coupled with the Qualcomm AI Engine to efficiently run complex AI, deep learning workloads, On-device-edge inferencing at incredibly low power, and NPU (Neural Processing Unit) for performance and always on neural network (NN) use cases.

Applications

The major applications for this module is enterprise and commercial IoT applications such as Video Collaboration, Smart Cameras, Healthcare, Smart Retail, Fleet Management, Digital signage and more.

Key Features & Benefits

Exceptional Camera Support: Packed with advanced Image Quality (IQ), handles 7 concurrent AI cameras, supports three 4K displays, intelligent zoom, 8K video, and 64MP photo capture for exceptional high-definition content creation.

Powerful Edge AI and Video Analytics: The processor boasts 15 TOPS of AI performance via a dedicated CV hardware block and Hexagon Tensor Accelerator, optimizing enterprise-grade IoT applications by combining sensor inputs like cameras, audio, Bluetooth®, and hubs.

Supports 5G, Wi-Fi 6: Offering extensive wired and wireless connectivity options, including 5G (up to 7.5 Gbps), Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.1, perfect for enterprise IoT. Plus, it supports popular cloud applications for distributed AI models.

Wide range of peripherals interfaces support: Rich set of interfaces such as 2x USB 3.1, Type-C with DisplayPort, MIPI-CSI/DSI, PCIe (3-lane), and memory support interfaces for LPDDR4x/LPDDR5 – suited for industrial and commercial IoT applications.

Dedicated NPU 230 for Machine Learning applications: With a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), the QCS8250 excels in machine learning applications, enabling real-time decision-making and inference.

Key Challenges and Use Cases Addressed

Case Study 1: Cost-Effective, Low-Power Video Conferencing Solution

In the era of remote collaboration, the QCS8250 provides a cost-effective and low-power solution for video conferencing. Its ability to power multiple cameras while supporting various video encoding formats ensures a seamless and efficient conferencing experience. Organizations can now rely on this module to enhance their video collaboration solutions, enabling high-quality communication with reduced power consumption.

Case Study 2: Smart Retail Revolution

With smart retail on the rise, the QCS8250 can multitask effectively, handling scanning, payment processing, loss prevention, personalization, and analytics simultaneously. Whether it’s streamlining checkout processes, optimizing inventory management, or enhancing the overall shopping experience, this module offers a versatile solution that empowers retailers to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving landscape.

Excelpoint SOM and Development Kit

QCS8250 SOM Block Diagram & Features

QCS8250 Chipset Functional Block  

Comparison with other competitors

SolidRun and Excelpoint Announce Distribution Agreement to Expand Reach in Asia Pacific

SINGAPORE, 6 DECEMEBER 2023 – SolidRun, a global leader in off-the-shelf SOMs (System-on-Module) and SBCs (Single Board Computers) for the IoT and Networking industries, is pleased to announce a strategic distribution agreement with Excelpoint Technology Pte Ltd, a leading B2B platform providing quality electronic components, engineering design services, and supply chain management in the Asia Pacific region.

SolidRun is renowned for its innovative and high-performing hardware solutions, offering seamless integration between hardware and software for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. The company collaborates closely with leading global chip manufacturers to deliver cutting-edge products designed to accelerate modern product development.

Excelpoint, recognized as a top-tier distributor in the global electronics industry, serves OEMs, Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), and Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) companies across the Asia Pacific. The company’s commitment to innovation, quality, and supply chain efficiency has earned it a prominent position in the industry. Excelpoint’s extensive network and experience in the region make it a natural fit to distribute SolidRun products.

Under this new partnership, Excelpoint will be the authorized distributor of SolidRun products in the territories of India, ASEAN, and ANZ (Australia and New Zealand). This collaboration will empower customers in these regions to access SolidRun’s cutting-edge SOMs and SBCs, enabling them to streamline their product development processes and stay ahead in the fast-paced IoT and Networking industries.

“We are delighted to partner with SolidRun and enhance our product offerings with their high-quality embedded computing solutions,” said Stanley Chan, Managing Director of Excelpoint Systems Pte Ltd. “SolidRun’s commitment to innovation aligns perfectly with Excelpoint’s mission to deliver cutting-edge technology solutions to our customers. We believe this partnership will strengthen our position in the market and provide our customers with access to advanced computing platforms.”

Sasha Strizhiver, Embedded Product Line Manager at SolidRun, added, “This partnership with Excelpoint is a significant milestone for SolidRun. Excelpoint’s deep market knowledge, extensive distribution network, and dedication to customer success make them an ideal partner for us as we continue to expand our global reach. We look forward to collaborating closely with Excelpoint to provide exceptional solutions to our customers in these key regions.”

Together, SolidRun and Excelpoint are poised to deliver exceptional value to OEMs, ODMs, and EMS providers in India, ASEAN, and ANZ. This partnership reinforces both companies’ commitment to driving innovation, enhancing operational efficiency, and delivering top-notch products and services to the electronics industry in the Asia Pacific region.

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Mr Sasha Strizhiver
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Email: sasha.strizhiver@solid-run.com

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Excelpoint Systems (Pte) Ltd.
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Email: hweeteng.ong@excelpoint.com.sg

About SolidRun:

SolidRun is a global developer of off-the-shelf SOMs (System-on-Module) and SBCs (Single Board Computers) for the IoT and Networking industries. The company provides strong integration between hardware and software to make modern product development fast and easy for OEMs. SolidRun collaborates closely with leading global chip manufacturers to offer innovative and high-performing products.

About Excelpoint:

Excelpoint Technology Pte Ltd and its subsidiaries are one of the leading regional B2B platforms providing quality electronic components, engineering design services, and supply chain management to OEMs, ODMs, and EMS providers in the Asia Pacific region. Excelpoint has been recognized as a top global distributor by industry publications and is known for its commitment to innovation and customer success.