Those who need big SUVs for towing or other reasons can now benefit from the fuel savings provided by hybrid drive trains. General Motors' full-size Chevy Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid both have a two-mode hybrid system that can cut fuel consumption by as much as 50 percent in city driving. Freescale's 32-bit Power Architecture controls the power inverter module that's the basis of the hybrid system. The chips help assure smooth transitions during transitions from gasoline to electric power. The two-mode system, developed in conjunction with Chrysler, Mercedes and BMW, sometimes operates with both electric and gasoline engines to improve performance and economy.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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