Bluetooth Headsets continue to offer more capabilities and less size. The Z9 from Australian-based BlueAnt Wireless offers what it calls Voice Isolation Technology. VIT uses the BlueCore-Multimedia platform from CSR plc, which includes a DSP that isolates voice signals from background noise and enhances the frequencies that affect both incoming and outgoing voices. Its Voice Isolation Max setting boosts filtering for extremely noisy environments. The headset, which lasts through five hours of talk time or 200 hours in standby, weighs only 0.35 oz and measures 1.5 inches in length. Suggested retail is $99.
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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