Texas Instruments' new ROM-based C280x and Flash-based F280x digital signal controllers are optimized for motor control, and are said to be particularly well-suited to such applications as electronic power steering and integrated starter-alternator control. Both processors employ a patent-pending Pulse Width Modulator (PWM) with 150 ps resolution, reportedly making them about 64 times more precise than competing processors. One member of the family — the TMS320F2809 — offers 256 Kbytes of on-chip Flash and six PWM channels of 150 ps resolution. For more information on Texas Instruments' motor control processors, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-531.
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.