Designers of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment have fresh guidelines for noise limits. The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), based in Arlington, VA, publishes the new performance standard, ARI Standard 260-2001. Its title is "Sound Rating of Ducted Air Moving and Conditioning Equipment." That standard, along with 20 others, is available for free download on ARI's website, www.ari.org. Standard 260-2001 establishes a method of rating sound in indoor portions of ducted air moving and conditioning equipment. It provides definitions and requirements for acquiring mapped sound data. Sound power level calculations and ratings also are included, as are minimum data needs for published sound ratings and conformance conditions. ARI standards set rating criteria and procedures for measuring and certifying product performance. The ratings help buyers choose the proper equipment for specific applications.
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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