Actel Corp. has produced an ultra low-power field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for portable solutions. The company’s 5-microwatt Icicle Kit was created to help designers rapidly program, evaluate and modify their low-power IGLOO-based portable devices. The board is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The Icicle evaluation board consumes less than 1/7 of the power of most development solutions in a design the size of a small cell phone.
This environmentally friendly RoHS-compatible solution integrates a nonvolatile 125,000-gate AGL 125 IGLOO FPGA. The board includes the built-in rechargeable battery, USB-to-UART interfaces and power-management circuits. The kit also includes a sophisticated programming stick for extended programming functionality.
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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