With flight delays at record levels, monitoring plane movement may become a more widespread hobby. AirNav Systems LLC decodes the Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast radar signals from planes, letting consumers see the same information used by air traffic controllers. The AirNav RadarBox Advanced Real Time ADS-B Radar Receiver 2 updates flight number, aircraft type, altitude, heading and speed once per second. A Microchip Technology Inc. dsPIC33FJ64GP306 is the core of the baseband demodulator circuit, using both a controller and DSP to process incoming data. The system also includes maps with more than 1 million locations, as well as detailed airport information such as runways.
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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