A new international database that identifies measurement procedures and materials has debuted to help U.S. makers of in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices comply their product designs with European Union requirements. The database contains about 100 reference measurement procedures, including 30 developed and maintained by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and lists 96 approved reference materials, 72 of which originate from NIST sources. The U.S. IVD industry shares more than 60 percent of the EU market, which recently issued new regulations on the sale of IVD devices, such as those used to measure blood levels of glucose and cholesterol. For more information, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-536.
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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