The LED driver IC enables reduction of
power loss during switching and critical-conduction mode allows power factor
correction control using few external components and realizes a power factor of
0.9 or higher.
A variety of control modes can be
achieved by changing the configuration of the externally connected elements.
Examples include buck-boost control, average-current control, peak-current
control and constant-input-power control.
Renesas Electronics' R2A20134 LED driver IC also can be employed in TRIAC dimmer applications
by applying a voltage matched to the TRIAC phase to the feedback pin for constant-current control.
Samples of Renesas Electronics' new LED
driver IC will be available starting in December 2010,
priced at $1 per unit. Mass production is scheduled to begin in March 2011.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.