Advantech's new single-board computer uses Intel's LGA 755 socket, running off Pentium 4 and Celeron D processors at processing speeds up to 3.8/3.06 GHz and a front size bus speed of 800/533 MHz. The Pentium 4 processor has higher performance with up to 2 MB of L2 cache. The main board uses Intel's 915GV chipset with Hyper-Threading technology, and can take up to 4 GB of dual channel DDRII 400/533 SDRAM, with up to 8.5 GB/s of bandwidth. It has 128 MB of video memory in a onboard VGA controller, plus the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 900, and it also supports dual monitors. It also has four serial-ATA device support, eight USB 2.0 ports, two PCI-Express x1 slots for LAN chips, 14-pin general-purpose I/O interface as 8-bit programmable digital I/O, AC-97 interface audio, and CMOS automatic BIOS data backup.
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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