Engineers who think the ZigBee wireless network is cool now have support for that view. Quiet Cool Fans is shipping a whole house ventilation system that gives homeowners indoor and outdoor temperature sensors, relative humidity sensors and relays along with a Linux controller. These electronics can be located anywhere and can be moved at will, since they don't require wiring. Quiet Cool teamed up with z-Point Products, a controller developer, and ZigBee chip manufacturer Jennic to come up with a wireless system it says is cheaper than existing wireless solutions.
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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