Cyber Aerospace Corp. has recently unveiled its new AeroSphere SA-60—a lighter-than-air craft that employs a spherical design and reportedly holds the world altitude record. Designed for testing and use by the military for battlefield surveillance, the airship also comes with multiple system platforms that are compatible with all altitudes up to 70,000 ft. A low-altitude version is available, the company says, and can hover at 15,000 ft for 48 to 72 hours with a full payload of cameras and sensing devices. To learn more, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/3849-548.
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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