Power Trip for Mobile
phones, PDAs, digital cameras and a host of other consumer products are seeing
phenomenal growth, fueled by the constant addition of functions that create more
excitement in the marketplace. But for engineers, this increase in features
poses a big challenge: how to do more while also extending battery life.
is one of the hottest aspects of design today. It ’s important in everything
from autos to testing equipment and more. Prolonging battery life is at the
heart of power management today, and that often includes controlling heat,
controlling refresh rates, shutting down functions when they aren’t needed, and
judicious component selection. Indeed, managing power consumption entails
critical thinking about nearly every component in the system, from controllers
to displays to power converters, as well as software.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.