Optimized for motor control and smart sensing applications, Analog Devices ADuC7128 microcontroller (MCU) integrates a 32-bit ARM7 RISC processor with high-speed, multi-channel data conversion, and 126 kbytes Flash memory. The unit's 12-bit multi-channel, analog-to-digital converter (ADC) operates at speeds to 1 MSPS (mega-samples-per-second). Motor control specific peripherals include six-channel pulse-width modulation (PWM) with H-bridge mode. An on-chip quadrature encoder provides the speed, position, and direction control required by dc motor controls. In addition, the ADuC7128 has an integrated direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and I/V control making it applicable to a variety of motor control applications. Packaged in a 9 × 9 mm 64-LFCSP (lead-frame chip-scale package), the device is specified over an operating temperature range of -40 to +85C.
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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