Technology Inc. is expanding its 8-bit segmented LCD
microcontroller (MCU) family with five new devices-the PIC16LF1902/3/4/6/7 (PIC16LF190X) MCUs. The PIC16LF190X
family supports many general-purpose applications and enables the
implementation of LCD into low-power and cost-sensitive designs, such as
security tokens, smart cards, medical devices, home appliances, key fobs or any application involving a segmented LCD.
Featuring eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology for sleep currents down to 20 nA, and
a typical active current of 35 microamperes per MHz, the MCUs extend battery
life, while maintaining accurate timing with a RTC and driving a segmented LCD.
The PIC16LF190X includes up to 14 KByte of Flash
program memory, up to 512 Bytes of RAM, up to 14 10-bit Analog-to-Digital
Converter (A dc) channels, serial communication, temperature indicator and the
capability to drive up to 116 LCD segments.
With the addition of XLP technology
for extended battery life, and capabilities such as utilizing the integrated
temperature indicator to provide crystal-accuracy compensation, low-power RTC
support and low voltage-detect support utilizing the internal A dc and voltage
reference, the MCUs enable low-cost LCD solutions for portable devices.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
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