Here's another entry in the workstation sweepstakes. Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the Pentium II Xeon(TM), a line of processors for midrange and higher server and workstation applications. The 440GX-workstation chipset supports a front-side bus speed of 100 MHz, has an AGP port for graphics, and can support 2 Gbytes of memory. The dual 400-MHz Pentium II processor with 256 Mbytes RAM is built with a thermocoupler diode so OEMs can monitor core temperature. With this new architecture "Intel is bringing dual processing capabilities at affordable prices to the workstation market segment," says Raghu Murthi, director of product marketing, workstation product division, Intel. The price is $8,000. The dual Pentium II Xeon processor workstations will allow developers to do real-time configuration changes and rendering on one platform. The developer can continue designing on one processor while the second does the rendering as it is developed. It is also fast. "Applications will run 10 to 20% faster than the Pentium II processor workstations," Murthi continues. "Ours is the fastest processor on the market today, bar none." Workstations with the Xeon processor are ready for shipment. FAX: (253) 371-7129.
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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