Engineers at IBM (www.ibm.com) have recently squeezed performance
gains out of their new 64-bit Power PC processors by using silicon to insulate
the transistors, and by replacing the aluminum wiring with highly conductive
copper. But until now, the only customers who've enjoyed the higher performance
have been those using the high-end servers for business and Internet
applications and CFD calculations.
At a Tokyo trade show Thursday, the video game company Nintendo
(http://www.nintendo.com) announced it was
supercharging its latest releases with the fast chips, code-named "Gekko."
Nintendo will use the chips in its powerful GAMECUBE console.
The machine packs a 405-MHz processor and 40 Mbytes of memory into
a slim 6 x 6 x 4.3-inch box. The GAMECUBE packs storage media onto a 1.5 GB, 8
cm-diameter, Matsushita optical disk, and features accessories like a 56K modem
and wireless controls. It launches in Japan in July 2001, and in North America
three months later. For specs on the GAMECUBE check http://www.nintendo.com/spaceworld/ngc_specs.html.
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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