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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.