In case you haven't noticed the fewer seconds it takes to chug a beer, the aluminum can has trimmed down its weight by about one-third. And that Bud may be back on the store shelf in as little as 60 days. With 63 billion aluminum cans recycled by Americans in 2000, the recycling rate has increased to 63%, up from 25% in 1975, as reported by the Aluminum Association (www.aluminum.org). Ultimately, those cans returned $1.2 billion to consumers and occupied a diminishing 1% of total landfills.
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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