Maximize Productivity for Industry 4.0 Applications with Maxim's Pocket IO™ PLC Development Platform
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Maximize Productivity for Industry 4.0 Applications with Maxim's Pocket IO™ PLC Development Platform

New platform transforms traditional manufacturing processes with real-time intelligence, adaptive manufacturing, and distributed control

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 28, 2016 — (PRNewswire) —  Significantly increase manufacturing productivity with the Pocket IO programmable logic controller (PLC) development platform from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM). The platform provides customers with the ability to achieve the smallest form factor and highest power efficiency for next-generation PLC designs.

Maxim Integrated's Pocket IO PLC Development Platform

Lost productivity is a common concern for Industry 4.0 designers challenged with keeping a manufacturing line running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without intelligent data available at their fingertips, factory operators do not have the insight to make informed, real-time decisions which can significantly improve uptime, revenue, and gross margins. In addition to capturing real-time data, PLCs require fan-less operation due to harsh industrial environments. As a result, highly efficient power solutions are required to minimize heat dissipation.

Maxim's Pocket IO PLC development platform redefines how factories operate and enables Industry 4.0 applications. To maximize productivity, it provides real-time intelligence to quickly and effectively make decisions, adaptive manufacturing to avoid potential downtime, and distributed control to provide redundancy. The Pocket IO provides the following key advantages to increase productivity:

When compared to the Micro PLC Platform from two years ago, the Pocket IO decreases form factor by an additional 2.5x and reduces power consumption by another 30%. Utilizing patent-pending, fast, and safe demagnetization clamps integrated within the MAX14913 octal high-side switch and driver, it achieves 15x space savings by eliminating 16 diodes from its previous solution. In addition, the MAX17681 iso-buck DC-DC converter provides greater than 90% power efficiency when compared to its predecessor—a reduction of power dissipation of over 30%. The MAX31913 octal, digital input translator/serializer can be powered off of any available 5V supply while still accepting input signals up to 36V, eliminating all protection components needed on the 24V supply pin and thus reducing total footprint by 50%.


Pricing and Availability

electronica 2016
Visit Maxim at electronica 2016 in Munich, Germany from November 8-11, 2016 to see the Pocket IO PLC development platform and other Industry 4.0 solutions. Maxim will be located in Hall A4, Stand 279. For more information, visit

About Maxim Integrated
Maxim develops innovative analog ICs for the automotive, industrial, healthcare, mobile consumer, and cloud data center markets. We make technology smaller, smarter, more secure and energy efficient, so that our customers can meet the demands of an integrated world. Learn more at



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