The Metal Powder Industries Federation has begun accepting entries for the 2004 International P/M Design Competition. Open to MPIF members, the competition recognizes achievement in seven categories—ferrous, nonferrous, stainless steel, injection molded, advanced particulate materials, innovative functional assembly, and overseas. Winners will be announced at the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13-17 in Chicago. For more information, click on www.mpif.org.
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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