Aiming at hard-to-reach applications that require high precision, Olympus is highlighting its Iplex FX videoscope, which trims weight to 16 lbs including battery. The system unveiled last month is designed for examining aircraft, petrochemical plants and other applications. It uses LEDs to illuminate the insertion tube, which provides viewing angles from 60 to 120 degrees. Data can be stored on the Gbyte of internal memory or CompactFlash cards. A USB connection provides more versatility for downloading data.
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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