(http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-545). This intelligent, solid-state lighting system generates millions of colors and dynamic lighting effects. Powercore technology integrates power and data management directly within the fixture, eliminating the need for external power supplies. The LED-based system accepts a universal power input range from 100 to 240V ac and receives data in a Digital MultipleXed (DMX) (lighting-specific) or Ethernet protocol. Microchip's dsPIC30F2010 digital signal controller (DSC) operates all internal functions, including power factor correction, communications and driving the LEDs. In addition to controlled power-up, the DSC's integration level allows the power stages to be extremely simple and very robust. For more information on Microchip's dsPIC30F2010, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-546.
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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