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.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.