Analog/Power Management/Control Microsemi Corp.'s Radiation Hardened Isolated DC/DC Converters (SA50-28) The SA50-28 is a family of radiation-hardened, surface mount technology packaged 28V input, 50W output DC-DC converters. Naturally occurring radiation in the environment can have a catastrophic impact on electronics used in military/commercial satellites. The high-reliability SA50-28 single, dual, and triple output converters continuously protect against this “total dose” ionized radiation. The space-qualified SA50-28 series was developed in response to customer requests for a high reliability alternative to hybrid solutions, and less robust competitive products that were causing design issues and schedule delays. This product series delivers simple and standardized SMT construction that aligns with typical satellite load requirements while providing significantly less risk than competing products. In addition to improving quality by leveraging automated and repeatable surface mount technology processes, the SA50-28 series allows designers to maximize board real estate resulting in a similar package and weight density to hybrid alternatives. The DC-DC converters feature a fully isolated power supply capable of driving high-reliability point-of-load converters used to “step down” power to devices such as customizable system-on-chip solutions and FPGAs. Additional features include a fully isolated synchronization scheme to manage system noise spectra.
I would like to know how high the Lift Buddy can lift. Most of the toughest tasks (for example, in my garage) require a reach of about eight feet. If the Lift Buddy can do that, they've got a customer.
TI's gas sensing platform is another interesting one. Gas sensing systems are a growing market for the home. Emission testing stations can also use them for measuring exhaust gases. On the inside of the vehicle, there could also be a growing market in alcohol (breathalyzer) sensing, as well as carbon monoxide sensing. I've always wondered when someone would develop a CO sensor for inside the car. Anyone who's ever driven an old beater knows the importance of that.
Reminds me of a funny story, Charles. When I was a kid, I interviewed my neighbor who happened to be an engineer for Texas Instruments for a school assignment. He told me that when the transistor first came out - they said it was just a fad...
I agree Ann - after reading your post, I could hardly wait to see the Lift Buddy. I have had a similar prototype in the works for years that we call the "Saddle-Jack." Being a horsewoman, I have seen a need for something that would help folks who are prone to back problems to be able to saddle their horses by themselves. We have the two wheeler but are still in the brainstorming stage for making it work in a cost-effective manner. That Lift Buddy is a great idea for lots of applications!
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
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