Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. has developed a new family of poly-phenylene sulfide (PPS) elastomer alloys. This Xtel XE Series of materials includes two rubber-modified grades of PPS, both of which have been formulated to boost PPS's flexibility and impact strength without sacrificing its heat resistance. One of the grades, XE 3035, is designed for injection molding. The other, XE3200, targets extrusion processes. Possible applications for the new materials include molded under-the-hood automotive components and extruded pipe lining for the oil industry. Go to www.rytonPPS.com for more info.
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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