Power-Over-Ethernet is predicted to have a significant market impact, doubling its already-solid acceptance over the next few years. Providing power, as well as connectivity using existing wiring, it makes it simpler to install Web cameras, VoIP phones, wireless LAN Access Points and other appliances. Bel Power Inc. is supplying half-brick dc-to-dc converters that power these units. The half bricks use Microchip's MCP6291 low-power, high-bandwidth op amp and PIC12F675 microcontroller to sense current and monitor power consumption, updating parameters in firmware to help engineers avoid the expense of redesigns.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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