IC is one of the industry's first integrated single-chip solutions, a
bridge IC between USB 3.0 and SATA/ATA/ATAPI-based storage devices. The IC,
which translates USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 storage commands to serial ATA and
ATA/ATAPI communication protocols, complies with USB 3.0 version 1.0 and SATA
revision 2.6. The MB86C30A features low power consumption and high-speed
encryption hardware. It supports GPIO for design flexibility and SPI for
interfacing to off-chip serial Flash ROM. The supply voltage is 1.2/3.3V.
Applications include USB 3.0 external storage using SATA devices, HDD, SSD,
Blu-Ray, DVD and CD. The MB86C30A provides a simple, effective way to adapt
SATA drives for USB 3.0, boosting performance and cost-efficiency. It supports
HID class SATA Gen2i (3Gbps) and Gen1i (1.5Gbps) and ATA/ATAPI devices, and
provides ATA command pass-through functionality, along with 2TB over HDD. A
high-performance 32-bit RISC MPU is integrated on-chip. It is ideal for
connectivity applications, delivering up to 5 Gbits/s full duplex. The USB 3.0
specification — and the MB86C30A - improve power management compared with USB
2.0 devices. The host can deliver more power to devices, making it appropriate
for applications such as USB-rechargeable batteries and LED lighting. The
MB86C30A has several distinctive features including optimal security based on
the National Institute of Standards (NIST) standard AES code/decode hardware
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.