When bikers want one-of-a-kind cycles with hand-built frames, elements like wiring harnesses must also be customized. Wiring is already a weak point for many bikes, so when Finch Customs is building its unique frames, like the Double Cross featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off,” making sure wiring is not an issue is a key design parameter. Ron Finch and his co-designer, called Screwy, check wires hidden inside the frame using Fluke Corp.’s 88V, which features a beeper to signal continuity. The DMM helps the team understand the impact of using LEDs and incandescent bulbs, which have dramatically different current and resistance levels.
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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