Saelig's Micro-USB is made for connecting micros or circuits to USB, offering baud rates up to 1Mbps. The 0.7 x 0.5-inch device only needs eight pads on the target board in a 0.1-inch grid. It connects to a standard PC using a regular USB cable, and royalty-free drivers for major operating systems are available. It only needs ground, RX and TX signals, and works from -40 to 85C. A USB-serial interface allows USB to RS-232 and USB to RS-422/RS-485 converters, ideal for making legacy RS232 upgrades, PDA and cell phone USB interface cables, bar code readers, POS terminals, and other applications.
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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