A 12-bit color line scan camera from Atmel Corp. (www.atmel.com) pushes operating speeds up to 40 million pixels per second, improving the resolution available for demanding industrial applications such as circuit board inspection. The Akyla HD has either 1024- or 2048-pixel resolution and a data rate of 40 MHz. The $7,240 camera supports the CameraLink serial interface.
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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