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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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