Analog Devices' AD7142 programmable 16-bit capacitance-to-digital converter is able to adjust to rapidly changing climatic conditions, making it a candidate for touch sensing in mobile devices, such as cellular handsets, MP3 players and digital cameras. The device's power consumption is said to be 50 percent less than that of competitors, thus making it less of a current draw in battery-powered applications. For more information go to AD7142.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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