Sun Microsystems claims its SPARC-based Sun Blade workstations are getting faster with up to a 40-percent increase in performance. The company says the workstations are more advanced than the previous generation of Sun Blades, providing double the memory and increased storage capacity. In addition, Sun announced various pricing promotions. One to note is that customers purchasing a new UltraSPARC-based Sun Blade 1500 or 2500 Workstation can pay only $1.00 extra to receive with it a SunPCi™ IIIproc card, which enables users to run Windows or Linux natively within the Solaris OS. And, customers can upgrade Xeon-based workstations and get $600 off the price of a new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstation W1100z or W2100z.
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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