JingWah PMP-2000 Digital Personal Media Player (PMP) (http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-543). The 2000 mAH battery in the PMP-2000 supports nine hours playback of audio or video displayed on the thin film transistor (TFT) LCD display. The unit's 1.3-megapixel digital camera can also be used as a video recorder. When it is time to charge the battery, the unit uses Microchip's MCP73861 charge management controller. Selected for its high integration of features in a 4 × 4-mm QFN package, the MCP73861 provides 1.2 A maximum charging current and 0.5 percent maximum accuracy. The unit includes battery pack temperature monitoring and thermal regulation functions. For more information on Microchip's MCP73861 Lithium-ion battery charger IC, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-544.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.