Sunit Scania Interactor 600 (http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-552). In Europe, drivers of Scania trucks obtain information about the functions and condition of the vehicle, receive directions to the destination via satellite navigation, communicate with clients and central dispatching, and even have help with administrative tasks. A 10.4 inch touch panel on the dashboard operates a high-performance vehicle PC that is integrated into the standard radio slot. Sunit engineers chose Kontron's CP306 CompactPCI assembly to meet the embedded computing requirements for the in-vehicle applications. The unit has a Pentium M operating from 1.1 to 2 GHz, an integrated graphics controller, Gigabit Ethernet and Fast Ethernet interfaces, four USB interfaces, and four RS232 interfaces. For more information on Kontron's CP306 go to: http://rbi.ims.ca/4922-553.
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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