The industry's smallest converter of its type, the MAX8614 is adjustable with external resistors, for use in digital still cameras, cell phone cameras, and OLED display power. It has outputs up to 24V positive and -10V negative with 100 mA output current. It is flexible and easy to design in due to integrated capabilities. It eliminates external timing circuits with a pin-selectable CCD power-up sequencing, and the controlled in-rush current makes batteries last longer. It comes in a 3 x 3 mm, 14-pin TDFN package, just over half the size of an ordinary converter system. It has less noise, and saves battery life and space with a 1MHz fixed-frequency PWM operation, plus high-efficiency, high-voltage internal n-FET and p-FET transistors. It also comes with True Shutdown™ without an external FET and internal compensation capacitors. Prices start at $2 each at 1,000-unit quantities and up.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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.