MagneTek's GPD 515 adjustable speed drive uses the power of 32-bit microprocessing to deliver three levels of drive performance in a single package. The unit is now available in ratings up to 200 hp at 600V. The GPD 515 adjustable speed drive is designed for use in such applications as textile, mining, and paper industries, as well as heavy duty applications on conveyors, pumps, and fans. The drive combines processing power with pulse width modulation and vector control to provide traditional V/Hz, sensorless vector, and flux vector control performance. MagneTek, 26 Century Blvd., Nashville, TN 37229 FAX: (615) 316-5158.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
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