In the past, technology was surrounded by active components that are able to produce energy from a voltage or current. Today, as devices are getting smaller and more powerful, passive components hold an important key to the future of how technology will improve. The components in these more advanced devices are requiring storage more than energy production.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to encompass as many as 50 billion devices by 2020. What’s more is that electronic component requirements for the execution of the 2020 vision of the IoT-related devices will require mass production of sensor and communication-related technology.
There are a few notable advancements in passive components for the IoT. Firstly, charging devices without wires has been a huge benefit. The efficiency of wireless charging depends largely on the quality of the charging coils – these are passive devices which act as the interface between the device and the charger. Secondly, passives have been instrumental with energy storage for energy harvesting.
Passive components allow for energy storage in small sensor nodes to comply with the decreasing size of devices. Lastly, passives are able to protect devices from other users. The ESD protection device, which protects electronic products from electrostatic discharge (ESD), is arguably the most important passive component. For IoT devices such as wearables, which are intended to be touched and handled frequently, this is an important issue.
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