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.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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