If machine tool consumption is any indication, an economic recovery isn't going to happen anytime soon. Most recent stats indicate a drop-off of nearly 30% compared to 2001, which itself was down from 2000. Year-to-date (through September 2002) total was $1.5 billion. Numbers come from the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the American Machine Tool Distributors Association.
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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