Portable products continue to grow at a rapid clip, providing the user more freedom with few sacrifices in performance. Op amps' vendors are playing their part, lowering voltages and power requirements.
For many portable applications, the speed and precision offered by many vendors is quite competitive. But not all of them can help extend the critical yardstick for value — battery life. "The big differentiator is power consumption," says Bruce Trump, product manager at Texas Instruments.
The $2.3 billion op amp industry continues to see solid growth in four fairly evenly divided fields: consumer, industrial, computer and communications.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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