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.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
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