ELECTRONICS:W. L. Gore & Assoc. Inc. has developed a 10m SFP+ copper cable assembly that is fully compliant with the SFF-8431 Revision 4.1 specification. Gore’s SFP+ (Small Form-factor Pluggable) offering can go 3 to 5m longer than other passive options and provides a lower cost alternative to power-consuming and heat-generating SFP+ transceiver modules. In comprehensive internal testing, Gore is the only cable assembly vendor who has demonstrated this use length while still complying with the SFF specification for 10 Gbyte/sec (10 GbE, 10 FCoe).Through the use of patented GORETM EYE-OPENER+® Conductor Technology and an extremely low loss expanded PTFE cable dielectric, Gore is able to balance the dWDP (waveform distortion penalty) and VMA loss (voltage modulation amplitude) parameters to achieve results within the specification limits set forth by the SFF-8431 committee. Gore has demonstrated typical values for VMA loss of 3.95 dBe and a dWDP of 5.60 dBe. The SFF-8431 specification calls out maximum limits of 4.40 and 6.75, respectively.
Gore’s proprietary expanded PTFE is branded as GORE-TEX® in the fabrics market.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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