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.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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