Acuitiv Software has released version 3 of its visualization program for computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Used with such CFD products as Fluent, Star, and CFX, Acuitiv is a post processor that runs on Linux, Unix, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Among its claimed advantages: the ability to bring up menus in a virtual environment and navigate directly to specific elements of the design model.
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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