From the control standpoint, semiconductors provide the starting point for improved motion control performance. The trends in this area include increased integration in microcontrollers developed specifically for motor control applications. In high voltage motor controls, advances in IGBTs provide improved power dissipation in power devices and allow higher current capability. Bringing both the control and power switching together in a reference design provides a systems approach with improved performance.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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