Using a tiny piezoelectric "pill," the Tecno electronic-pneumatic regulator almost instantly limits airflow. When a low power drive signal is applied, the device's piezoelectric element changes shape and regulates pneumatic pressure through an airway. Because it has no moving parts, Tecno is reportedly wear-free. It is not affected by magnetic fields and generates no heat or sparks, making it suitable for use in hazardous operating environments. Applications for the piezo-based pressure regulator include ultrasound welding equipment, sheet tension winding machinery, and highly sensitive medical equipment, such as breathing apparatus or blood pressure monitoring systems. Hoerbiger-Origa Corp: Product Code 4185.
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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