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FOR HYBRID ENGINEER
In February, engineer Victor Wouk,
widely known as the “father of modern hybrid programs,” was posthumously given the Elmer A. Sperry
Award by the Society of Automotive
Engineers (SAE, www.sae.org) for his
“visionary approach to developing
gasoline engine-electric motor hybrid-drive systems for automobiles and his
distinguished engineering achievements in the related technologies of
small, lightweight, and highly efficient
electric power supplies and batteries.”
In the 1970s, Wouk and partner
Charles Rosen founded Petro-Electric
Motors and modified a 1972 Buick
Skylark to operate from a Mazda
rotary engine and an electric motor,
thus creating the first full-sized
hybrid automobile. Although the car
performed well, the Environmental
and several industry-standard serial
protocols on the microcontroller being
tested, including I2C, SPI, and USART.
Included are user’s guides for
both the PICkit serial analyzer and the
28-pin demo board, complete source
code, selected application notes, and
Microchip’s free MPLAB® IDE
integrated development environment.
The tool is available now for the paltry
sum of $49.95.
The day has not arrived when your
cell phone will replace all of your
other gadgets, but it’s getting closer.
The latest step in that direction in the
Samsung Ultra lineup is the Ultra Smart
F700, introduced at the 3GSM World
Congress. The instrument offers both a
full touch screen and a QWERTY key
pad, plus the company’s VibeTonz
technology that makes the buttons
vibrate. A drag-and-drop method of
touch screen operation offers easier
menu navigation along with music play
list control for an expanded multimedia
Protection Agency ultimately (and
probably falsely) claimed that it did
not meet Clean Air Act emission
standards, which led to the demise
IBM TO DUMP PRINTING
It was recently announced that IBM
( www.ibm.com) is forming a joint
venture with Ricoh Co. (www.ricoh.
com) under which the latter will acquire
51 percent of the former’s Printing
Systems Division. Over the next three
years, Ricoh will acquire the other 49
percent of the company, which is to be
named InfoPrint Solutions Co.
Ricoh will pay $725 million
(which includes a tidy management
fee of $35 million) for its initial
controlling interest, with the price
for the remainder being based on
future profitability of the company. In
2006, the division generated approximately $1 billion in revenues. In
1991, IBM spun off its low-end printer division, which became Lexmark.
PHOTO COUR TESY OF SAMSUNG ELEC TRONICS.
■ Samsung’s Ultra Smart F700 offers both
a touch screen and QWERTY key pad.
experience. Volume, play lists, screen
brightness, and other menu options
can be controlled via the touch screen.
The Ultra Smart is built to handle
data speeds of 7. 2 Mbps under the
High Speed Downlink Packet Access
(HSDPA) network. Once the network
is completely deployed, F700 users will
be able to download an MP3 tune in
less than five seconds. You also get a
full HTML browser for email and data
services, a 5 Mpixel camera with auto-focus, and Bluetooth, all in a package
measuring only 104 x 50 x 16. 4 mm
(approx. 4 x 2 x 0.65 in). NV