Agere Systems (www.agere.com) has introduced reportedly the first single-chip 48-port Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switch that can provide manufacturers a 50 percent savings in total chip count and 35 percent lower power consumption. According to Agere, the switch uses seven chips and offers two 10 Gbit/sec Ethernet ports. In addition, the new switch can reduce the printed circuit board space by about 30 percent as well as cut the system failure rate in half.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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