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.
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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