ELECTRONICS: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. and Cymbet Corp. announced the two companies have entered into a distribution agreement for the worldwide distribution of Cymbet’s EnerChipTMfamily of solid-state, rechargeable thin-film batteries and energy harvesting power storage modules. As Cymbet’s first global distributor, Digi-Key is stocking three new products based on Cymbet’s innovative EnerChip solid-state, thin-film batteries:• CBC-EVAL-05 - The EnerChipTM CC Evaluation Kit contains everything needed to test EnerChipTM 12uAh and 50uAh thin-film batteries, EnerChipTM CC CBC3112 and CBC3150 batteries with integrated battery management, as well as test multiple batteries in parallel.
• CBC-EVAL-08 - The EnerChipTM EH Solar Energy Harvesting Evaluation Kit is used to create zero-power designs for sensors, controllers, embedded systems, medical applications, environmental control systems and any “untethered” system.
• EnerChipTM EH CBC5300 - This module is a drop-in power solution for solar energy harvesting applications. A self-contained power module in a 24-pin DIP configuration, the CBC5300 is designed to accept a wide range of energy transducer inputs, store the harvested power and deliver managed power to the target system. The purpose of this module is to enable system designers to quickly develop energy-harvesting applications.
Packaged as a surface mount technology (SMT) component, the EnerChipTM provides energy storage in a form factor and with a convenience not previously attainable using conventional solutions such as lithium coin cells and super capacitors. Cymbet’s EnerChipTM is well-suited for applications where battery backup power is needed to maintain the settings of microcontroller memories, real-time clocks and SRAM during power loss or power failures. An EnerChipTM can provide backup power ranging from a few hours to several weeks, depending on the standby current requirements of the system.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.