In the futuristic world of Minority Report, billboards call Tom Cruise out by name to get his attention. Sounds far-fetched? Maybe not. Engineers here in the U.S. would likely balk at getting a message on their Blackberry from a vendor company. But we're hearing that some electronics companies increasingly are using text messaging to get the word out on new products to design engineers in Asia, particularly in countries like Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, where engineers rely more on the web for getting information. "They surf websites, subscribe to electronics newsletters, and also attend on-line seminars," says Greta Pang, a Motorola employee based in Hong Kong. Engineers in China, though, prefer to get their new product info from print trade magazines. "They like reading the application articles and technology stories," observes Pang. And there's no spam.
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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