The 2008 Audi A5 Coupe is attracting attention for its interior, as well as its style and handling. A big part of that stems from the Audi Symphony and Concert digital radios, which feature a six-CD changer and a MultiMedia Device Interface for connecting MP3 players. An optional Bang & Olufsen surround sound amplifier and digital radio round out the sound sources. The Analog Devices Inc. Blackfin DSP chip is the engine for all these features, handling the audio decoding and processing functions, communications protocol processing and all control processing. The ADI chips also handle the driver interface, which is increasingly important as drivers have more electronics to control.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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