ELECTRONICS: CUI Inc’s power line, V-Infinity, announced the release of the VOF-80, a low cost open frame ac-dc power supply. The VOF-80 has a low no-load power consumption of less than 0.5W. Its combination of efficiency and competitive pricing makes the series ideally suited for use in ITE, industrial, and consumer electronics applications.
The VOF-80 provides 80W of continuous output power, universal input (85-264V ac), and is offered in 3.3, 5, 12, 15, 24, and 48V dc output voltages. The series has a 2 x 4 inch industry standard footprint with efficiencies of up to 89 percent. Protections for over voltage and short-circuit conditions are included. The units operate up to +60C with derating.
The VOF-80 costs $30.34 per unit and is available through Digi-Key
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.