Motorola (www.motorola.com) is making advances in its carbon nanotechnology research. The technology (termed "nano emissive display" or NED) enables manufacturers to create large flat- panel displays that exceed the image quality characteristics of plasma and LCD screens at a reduced cost. It's feasible that NED could contribute to a wall-mounted television with a 50-inch or larger diagonal, but remain just 1 inch in depth. NED utilizes carbon atom nanotubes, less than one nanometer in diameter.
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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