Actel Corp. has produced an ultra low-power field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for portable solutions. The companyís 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 Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
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