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asing capacity to 300 miles per charge for the next generation of EVs.
In recent tests, Nanosys’ SiNANOde™ anode ma- terial has doubled capacity while providing break- through charge/discharge cycle life improvements. Nanosys will use the DOE funds to accelerate deve- lopment through purchases of additional equipment and the hiring of additional staff.
“The Department of Energy is investing in new ad- vanced technologies that will significantly improve vehicle fuel economy, save consumers money, and create skilled jobs for Americans,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu in a DOE press release. “Invest- ments in the next generation of autos will strengthen our economy and lead to a more fuel-efficient, clean energy future.”
In addition to EVs, Nanosys is currently working with domestic and international battery manufacturers to improve lithium-ion battery capacity using SiN- ANOde™ in batteries for laptops & tablets, smart phones and other electronic devices.
ational Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) introduced a 16-bit digital-to-analog converter
(DAC) featuring a single-wire interface and 4-to-20 mA current loop drive that simplifies the design of smart transmitters used in industrial two-wire sensor systems. The highly integrated DAC161P997 reduces component count and cost in factory and building automation control systems by enabling the use of a single isolation component to cross the isolation
boundary. For sensing and detecting applications where galvanic isolation is not required, National’s DAC161P997 interfaces directly to a microcontroller. Offered in a 16-pin, 4 mm by 4 mm LLP®
the DAC161P997 is available now and priced at $4 in 1,000-unit quantities. http://www.national.com/pf/DA/DAC161P997.html
Moreover, National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) introduced seven new 24-bit and 16-bit multi-channel, sensor analog front-ends (AFE) that offer system designers a greater range of choices from high-performance to low-cost options that span channel configurations, current sources, and reso- lution. The pin-compatible LMP900xx sensor AFEs expand on the LMP90100 released earlier this year. They team with National’s WEBENCH®
Designer software tool and bench-top development system, enabling design engineers to attach a sensor, configure the signal path, optimize the design, and download configuration data to the sensor AFE for immediate prototyping. Weeks or months of design are reduced to just minutes using National’s integra- ted hardware/software development system. Offered