Maxell Corp. of America (http://maxell.com) has introduced two high temperature-resistant coin-type Li/MnO2 batteries for tire pressure monitoring systems and other rugged applications. The batteries—available as CR2450-HR for standard vehicles and CR2450-EX for premium vehicles—can operate from -40 to 150C and have a standard capacity from 525 to 550 mAh. Both types measure 24.5 mm in diameter and 5 mm high, and weigh less than 6.8g.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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