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.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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