Engineers may not care all that much about the label on their jeans, but when it comes to their cars, style is another story entirely. Of the Design News' readers participating in our exclusive automotive survey, 80% of the respondents rated "appearance" as an important or very important consideration in the purchase of their next passenger vehicle (outranking key features like fuel efficiency and engine type!). We're more interested, though, in the 4.5% of engineers who say they don't give a rap what their car looks like. In the words of one reader, "The only thing I care about is that it works. Then, I might think about getting it washed." Spoken like, perhaps a true engineer. For more results from our exclusive survey, see page 80.
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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