Designed for watching digital video on the go, the newest V Series portable video players have a 3.5-inch TFT LCD and extended battery life. For power management functions, the gigabeat relies on Freescale Semiconductor's MC13883 power management Integrated Circuit (IC). The mixed-signal chip integrates a lithium-ion battery charger with CEA-936 car kit interfacing support and a USB On-the-Go (OTG) transceiver. In addition to charging lithium-ion batteries through a USB connector, the IC has overvoltage protection for faults from high-voltage charging sources. Get more information on Freescale Semiconductor's MC13883.
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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