General Motors and BMW will jointly develop refueling devices for liquid hydrogen vehicles. The companies are also inviting other automakers to join the initiative. The collaboration centers on setting global standards and specifications, says Christoph Huss, head of Science and Traffic Policy for BMW (see DN 08.05.2002, p 21). "So that customers will not be confronted with various systems, standardizing the refueler coupler is a must," he adds. Both companies are looking to have hydrogen vehicles for sale by 2010. www.bmw.com.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
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