MOTION CONTROL: Integration of the new Intel® AtomTM processor generation in B&R’s industrial PC product range offers a previously unheard of combination of low power loss and high performance at a particularly economical price. The Intel® AtomTM processors, which are based on an entirely new microarchitecture that is optimized for small size and minimum power consumption, supports the current trend towards compact and economical devices. With the switching cabinet PCs and the Panel PCs from B&R, there exists a wide range of well-established products available for the AtomTM platform.
The Automation PC 620 and Panel PC 700, which have been proven in numerous applications, together with the Intel® AtomTM processor represent an unbeatable combination. Here, the housing construction of the APC620 and PPC700, which is optimized for fan-free operation, shows its full strength because the components that have to be cooled the most, such as processor and chipset, are mounted directly on the large heat sink. The Intel® AtomTM N270 processor with 1.6 GHz clock frequency offers a significantly higher performance than the Pentium® M 1.1 GHz. However, the power consumption of the AtomTM processor is less than that of a Celeron® M 600 processor. The user profits from the low current requirements and extended temperature range in fan-free operation compared to Pentium® M processors with the same performance. The new AtomTM generation can be equipped with up to 2 GB SDRAM, which results in twice as much memory.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
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