Sun Microsystems (San Jose, CA) isn't going to be left behind. The company developed a four-way embedded SPARC(TM) multiprocessor board, the Ultra AXmp, using Sun's new Computer Core Technology (CCT). CCT combines core system ASICs, memory, and SPARC CPUs in a modular package. "This is the first time this building-block approach has ever been done," says Sun's Jeff Veis. With a modular approach, people can pick any flavor of I/O they want and design accordingly. "CCT allows designers to get back in the game," he says. By partitioning the core components of Sun's four-way architecture in a dense and modular package, the company can offer three times the computer density or one-third the size of an average office system, while increasing the integration flexibility for the embedded market. The Ultra AXmp can be deployed in an industrial, rack-mount chassis in either a horizontal or vertical orientation. The board, specifically targeted for telecommunications and networking OEMs, will be available in the second half of 1998. Embedded configurations start at $7,500 in volume quantities. FAX: (408) 544-0180.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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