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.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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