Siemens Energy & Automation (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-506) has introduced a new Human Machine Interface (HMI), the SIMATIC® Mobile Panel 277, which gives operators a high degree of protection, brilliant graphics and rugged industrial construction. The 8-inch touch screen offers 65,536 colors and 18 LED membrane keys. Designed for fast standard power up, the HMI can be powered instantaneously with an optional battery pack.
For safety-related applications, the panel provides a patented system that automatically closes the emergency off circuit. An integral connection point detection function assigns operator displays to the specific locations in the plant. User memory may be expanded to include both archive and recipe data. An integral acknowledge key and Profibus/Profinet connections are available as options.
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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