STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, hosted its Industrial Summit 2021 at the Futian Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen, China, on November 3rd.
For its thrid year, the Industrial Summit maintained the theme: “Powering Your Innovation.” The Summit included showstoppers, demonstrations, and insightful technical sessions from ST and its technical partners, who shared the complete ecosystem to power attendees’ next design and innovations.
Showstoppers with sustainable technologies
Long a key focus of the company, sustainability is an integral part of ST’s value proposition. ST’s solutions and products contribute to renewable power, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency as the world aims to achieve an eco-friendly environment and carbon neutralization.
The main attraction for this year’s event was the four showstopper areas that addressed:
- Smart farming
- Smart manufacturing
- Smart infrastructure and environment
- Smart green energy network, with 20 differentiated sustainable technologies
Using wireless and wired connectivity products, including STM32WL LoRa MCUs, sensors, and actuators, and power-management devices, ST provides products and solutions for smart agricultural systems that enable farm managers to collect agricultural data, analyze their growing environment, predict crop and livestock disease, and develop scientific and accurate production strategies. One example on display was a rubber-tree-tapping machine powered by ST’s powerSTEP01 fully integrated motor driver.
Today, manufacturing is undergoing a transformation. High-computing capability, advanced motor-control algorithms, reliable connectivity, stable image recognition, and smart sensors are the key technologies involved and all are supported by devices across ST’s wide portfolio of products and solutions.
ST showcased an autonomous rover demo for smart manufacturing. Using navigation algorithms in conjunction with ST’s ToF sensors, the rover can move freely without causing a collision. At the same time, with the help of artificial intelligence and machine vision, the rover can identify objects of specific colors, and pick them up and place them in the corresponding baskets using its robotic arm with FOC (Field Oriented (position) Control).
Smart infrastructure and environment
To meet the needs of infrastructure and environment projects, ST demonstrated a number of new STM32 MCU/MPUs, STSPIN motor controllers, and power-management devices, with a full range of MEMS and sensors (including ToF sensors, TMOS and actuator technology) and comprehensive wired and wireless connectivity technologies. These all contribute to the development of smart home, building, and city applications.
Smart green energy network
ST’s green-energy technologies help our customers increase energy efficiency and system reliability for all types of equipment in the home and industrial sectors. The company’s advanced technologies include a full range of MCUs, Silicon Carbide (SiC) power transistors, galvanic isolation gate drivers, as well as power metering and power-line communication (PLC) controllers.
ST also showcased the Smart Green Energy Network, which demonstrates the solutions that have the power to transform and optimize energy systems. The network consists of solar panels, battery management system, power meters, a photovoltaic system with safety rapid shut-down, and an EV charging station.
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