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Energy Harvesting Development Platform

Infinite Power Solutions (Littleton, CO) has introduced the THINERGY™Application Development Platform (ADP) that, coupled with IPS’ THINERGY thin-film micro-energy cell (MEC™) products, allows users to create new microelectronic applications, such as perpetually powered and deeply embedded systems. Companies in the active RFID, powered smart card, wireless sensor, medical device, consumer electronics, automotive, and military/aerospace markets can now have access to both volume- production-ready thin-film MECs and a powerful development platform. IPS’ thin-film MECs deliver a highly efficient, safe, rechargeable and powerful energy storage solution in an extremely thin form factor. The MEC’s thinness, power, and long life make it ideal for integration into embedded applications, while the ADP enables the simultaneous development of energy harvesting solutions to create a new generation of autonomously powered microelectronics systems. The THINERGY ADP simplifies the typical lab setup for micro-battery testing and is ideally suited for evaluating the IPS micro-energy cells’ performance, the effectiveness of charging circuits using ambient energy harvesting, and overall system development of the user’s end application. For Free Info Click Here.

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DSP Library

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has released a new DSP library for its ARM Cortex-M3-based STM32 microcontrollers. The STM32 DSP library is license-free, royalty-free, and provides a large number of valuable functions coded in C or assembly language. These include a PID controller, Fourier transform functions, and a selection of digital filters such as 16-bit FIR, IIR direct-form, and IIR canonical-form filters. The functions are ready to use, easy to integrate, and are comprehensively documented to promote software maintainability and accelerate endproduct development. Operations such as multiply-accumulate or hardware divide can be executed within only two cycles. Demonstrations running on the STM32F103 Performance Line MCU have performed a complex 256-point 16-bit radix-4 Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) in only 362μs. Compared to alternative hybrid architectures such as digital signal controllers (DSC) with separate control- and signal-processing cores, the STM32 streamlines software development, enhances performance, and allows developers to use standard tools. The new DSP libraries can be used with the IAR, Keil, and Raisonance tool-chains for the STM32. The DSP library reduces cost and time-to-market for applications such as digital power conversion, including solar-energy projects, closed-loop control of switched-mode power supplies, audio and speech processing, and digital image processing. For Free Info Click Here.

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Audio Enrichment Technology

ARC International (San Jose, CA), has introduced the Virtual Bass™ audio enrichment technology that delivers a deep rich bass response on existing speakers or headphones, eliminating the need to add subwoofers or other audio components. Virtual Bass optimizes a product’s bass rendering capabilities, taking into account the analog to digital converter, amplifier, speaker cavity, and speaker driver, resulting in audio that more accurately reflects the original performance without adding artificial signals or muffling voice articulation and audio clarity. The low-power ARC® Sound Subsystem is a 100-hour audio playback solution for portable devices. When implemented on the ARC® Sound Subsystem, Virtual Bass offers a complete solution that lowers manufacturing cost while producing an enhanced listening experience. The complete solution includes an underlying silicon solution that cuts chip size and lowers power consumption, a complete set of software to provide playback of any digital music format, all the tools needed to develop the chip solution, and the complete Sonic Focus™ audio enrichment technology suite. For Free Info Click Here.

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2D and 3D Design and Engineering Software

Autodesk, San Rafael, CA, has introduced the latest releases of its 2D and 3D design and engineering software for manufacturers. The 2010 products include Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and AutoCAD Electrical. Autodesk Inventor 2010 features new capabilities for 2D product documentation and 3D product design, including automated capabilities for designing injection molds for plastic parts, and improved support for motion simulation and static and modal finite element analysis at both the part and assembly levels. Inventor also has a new user interface that combines an intuitive 3D design environment for creating parts and assemblies, with tools that drive the automatic creation of components such as plastic parts, steel frames, and rotating machinery. The new version of AutoCAD Mechanical includes intelligent drafting features for automating common design tasks. AutoCAD Electrical includes a new one-line circuit symbol library and enhancements to the Circuit Builder tool that lets designers analyze the energy efficiency of circuits for “green” engineering. For Free Info Click Here.

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Optical Encoder

The TONiC optical encoder from Renishaw, Hoffman Estates, IL, provides the accuracy of fine-pitch encoders in a rugged, simple-to-install package. It employs a compact read head (35mm long × 13.5mm wide × 10mm high for design/application flexibility and installation; even on micro-manufacturing systems for the semiconductor, lab and medical fields. Available in both linear and rotary versions, the encoder offers speeds up to 10 m/s (3.24 m/s at 0.1 μm resolution), resolution to 5 nm, and handles operating temperatures up to 70°C.

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Pillow Blocks

Pillow blocks from Quality Bearings & Components, Garden City Park, NY, feature both locking collar and set screw types. Designated the BBXBLK-HCP and BBXBLK-UCP Series, the blocks have cast iron housings and are designed to fit shafts ranging from 1/2 to 3-1/2in. in diameter. The height from the bottom of the unit to the shaft centerline ranges from 1-3/16 to 4in. These standard-duty units incorporate one lubrication fitting.

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Incremental Encoder

The DFS 60 incremental encoders from Sick|Stegmann, Dayton, OH, are available in fully programmable versions to accommodate any value from 1 to 65,536 pulses per revolution. With the help of a simple programming tool, users, system integrators and distributors can select any number of lines between 1 and 65,536 via their PC or notebook. They are also able to set the zero pulse width to 90°, 180° or 270° and program the electrical interface to either HTL or TTL.

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