(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.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.