designers are increasingly leveraging the ubiquitous Wi-Fi infrastructure to
enable wireless communication in a broad range of remote monitoring and
control, and machine-to-machine applications, such as smart-energy monitors.
Microchip's low-power MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules enable the "Internet
of Things" by removing the complexity and cost of developing RF circuitry and
obtaining agency certification. Additionally, Microchip has improved its free
TCP/IP stack, and offers free EZconfig and ZeroConfig utility protocols, to
make commissioning and configuring Wi-Fi networks easy.
Microchip created the MRF24WB0MA PICtail™/PICtail Plus
Daughter Board (part # AC164136-4, $59.99) to enable development with the new
Wi-Fi module. This
daughter board plugs into the Explorer 16 and PICDEM.net™
2 boards to allow
easy, modular development with hundreds of 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit
PIC32 MCUs, as well as the dsPIC® DSCs.
MRF24WB0MA/MB embedded Wi-Fi modules are available today, for $29.40 in
single-unit quantities, via any Microchip sales representative or authorized
worldwide distributor, or at Microchip's e-commerce Web site.
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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