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.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.