The digital music revolution is transforming home stereos. Denon's D-F103 CD/HDD Mini System manages digital audio files from portable devices, CD players and the Internet. It stores as many as 10,000 songs on a hard disk drive, letting consumers stash CDs away with 8-tracks. It blends audiophile-quality components with the ability to handle files recorded in many formats. The system's Ethernet connection links listeners to the Web to bring in Internet radio stations, augmenting AM and FM bands. At its core is Analog Devices Inc.'s 600 MHz Blackfin ADSP-BF533 processor, which has the flexibility to let users rip CDs at 4x speed while listening to other music.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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