(http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-549). Instead of a single sensor, this thermal, infrared imaging camera employs an array of sensors called a Thermophile Focal Array (TPFA). The technique enables high resolution in a power-efficient, smaller and lighter camera for portable applications. After the sensors convert the energy to electrical signals, Analog Devices' Blackfin ADSP-BF533 processor interprets the signals and assigns color scales for a visual indication of temperature. The choice of the ADSP-BF533 processor was based on the unit's industry-standard interfaces with a high-performance (greater than 600 MHz) signal-processing core. For more information on Analog Devices' Blackfin ADSP-BF533 processor, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4917-550.
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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