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.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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