Atmel Corp. has collaborated with H&D Wireless to deliver an IEEE802.1 1b+g Wi-Fi solution for Atmel's 32-bit AVR microcontrollers. In the collaboration, H&D Wireless will provide the SPB104 Wi-Fi extension board which will connect to the AVR32 UC3 evaluation kits through the SD card socket. The result is an efficient solution designed to have an overall power consumption five times lower than conventional solutions. H&D Wireless modules were designed to offer Wi-Fi capability for the 802.1 1 b+g spectrums with a throughput of 1 to 54 Mbps. The device offers a 150 µW sleep power consumption, 2.4 years of battery life, 220 mW RX power and an interface compatible to SDIO and SPI. In addition, the RF power output is 7-8 dB higher than the average on the market of +17.5 dBm.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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