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.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
Bioimimicry is not merely a helpful design tool -- it also encourages designers to think not only about how to solve design problems by imitating nature, but how to make the products, materials, and systems they design more ecologically sound and nature-friendly.
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