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PRODUCT SHOWCASE Heavy duty Li-ion-powered soldering iron from ARI Many’s the time a tradie wishes for a powerful soldering iron away from power sources. Until now, that’s usually meant a butane gas-powered iron . . . which runs out of gas at precisely the worst possible moment. Now there is a powerful alternative, a tradesman-quality iron powered by a Lithium-ion battery. Master Instruments is partnering with Aussie Rechargeable Irons (ARI) to market this innovative rechargeable battery powered cordless soldering iron. They are designed and built in Australia for tradies by tradies. ARI have taken the old butane gaspowered soldering irons into the 21st century. No gas means no fuel, no flame, no combustion and no leaks. And they can be used in a windy environment which could “snuff out” gas irons. A rugged 6061-grade powder-coated aluminium body means it can handle the rough stuff that tradies inflict on their tools. With a copper-core element, the iron is ready to solder in less than seven seconds from turn-on. And the iron is hot enough to solder 10-gauge wire. Using the best Japanese made Lithium-ion cells currently available and featuring integrated PCM protection, ARI’s cordless soldering irons are high powered, fast heating and long lasting with up to one month’s average use per charge. A range of interchangeable tips is available to suit all soldering applications. And when it’s time to recharge, that will only take 2-3 hours. Contact: Master Instruments 33-39 Sloane St, Marrickville NSW 2204 Tel: (02) 9519 1200 Web: www.master-instruments.com.au New MCUs from Microchip feature CIP DRONE VOLT’S DV WING: for agriculture and mapping Microchip Technology Inc has released a new generation of 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs, the first tinyAVR microcontrollers to feature Core Independent Peripherals (CIPs). The new devices will be supported by START, an innovative online tool for intuitive, graphical configuration of embedded software projects. The new ATtiny817/816/814/417 devices feature a low pin count and feature-rich packaging with 4KB or 8KB of Flash memory, a CIP called Peripheral Touch Controller (PTC), Event System for peripheral co-operation; custom programmable logic blocks; self-programming for firmware upgrades; non-volatile data storage; 20MHz internal oscillator; high-speed serial communication with USART; operating voltages ranging from 1.8V to 5.5V; 10-bit ADC with internal voltage references; and sleep currents at less than 100nA in power down mode with SRAM retention. CIPs allow the peripherals to operate independently of the core, including serial communication and analog peripherals. Together with the Event System, that allows peripherals to communicate without using the CPU, applications can be optiContact: mised at a system level. Microchip Technology Australia This lowers power con41 Rawson St,Epping, NSW, 2121 sumption and increases Tel: (02) 9868 6733 throughput and system Web: www.microchip.com reliability. DRONE VOLT, the French professional drone manufacturer is launching the “DV WING”, a flying wing drone dedicated to precision agriculture and construction work. DV WING is equipped with an 18.2MP sensor and uses algorithms enabling it to obtain aerial imagery and accurate data for missions such as photogrammetry, map analysis for farming areas and forests and measurements for road construction. The data it collects can be used by farmers to establish accurate diagnostics for the treatment of crops and the management of pesticide use. The DV WING can also be used by quarry and mining operators to measure volumes. Compact and very light at just 940 grams, the DV WING is easy to use and can be launched by hand. It has enough battery capacity for autonomous flight times of 85 minutes and the onboard sensor is capable of capturing very high resolution images. It is capable of generating highly accurate SC ortho-photos. siliconchip.com.au Contact: Drone Volt 14, rue de la Perdrix, 95934 Roissy Charles de Gaulle Cedex, France Tel: (0011) 80 89 4444 Website: www.dronevolt.com January 2017 71