SENSORS: Kavlico’s newly released combined pressure & temperature sensor is for use with the natural refrigerant R744 (C02) for pressure and temperature sensing in mobile air conditioning systems. This rugged, low-cost sensor has a 17-4 PH hermetically sealed, stainless housing. The sense element is based upon Kavlico’s patented TiON (Titanium OxyNitride) thin film technology which is capable of withstanding high media temperatures. The sensor’s high operating pressure range of 0 to150 Bar with a proof pressure of 210 Bar and a burst pressure of 320 Bar is well-suited for this demanding application. The operating process media temperature range is -40 to 180C, while the ambient operating temperature is -40 to 135C. Highly stable and accurate, the sensor can be specified with either an analog, SPI, LIN2.0 or CANbus output. The sensor tolerates high vibration environments and has built-in reverse polarity protection, as well as over-voltage protection.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.