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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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