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Retired MIT metallurgist and DN Calamities editor Ken Russell explains how metal defects in a DC-9's flight director switch was the suspected culprit in a horrific 1973 plane crash in Boston. He wrote in depth about the topic in the Dec. 11 issue of Design News. DN editor in chief John Dodge is the interviewer. Recorded 12/14/06, length, 7:18
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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