National Semiconductor's PowerWise technology minimizes power consumption through the use of an architecture that employs a three-piece solution. An Advanced Power Controller, embedded in the processor, works with a Slave Power Controller integrated into an energy management unit. A PowerWise interface connects those two pieces. National Semiconductor engineers say the resulting technology reduces power consumption in high-data-rate processors by as much as 70 percent, thus substantially boosting battery life in end products. By employing PowerWise, cell phone makers can add functions to their products. Moreover, greater functionality can be incorporated in the mobile phone baseband, while still maintaining low power. National Semiconductor says the technology enables OEMs to employ 600 A-hr batteries instead of 900 A-hr batteries in full-featured mobile phones. Learn more at http://rbi.ims.ca/4919-515.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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