Handheld systems continue to do more. Two portable media players from aigo, as Beijing Huaqi Information Digital Technology Co. Ltd. is commonly known, support full broadcast resolution playback of RealVideo files. The aigo E898 and F965R also support a number of different audio formats, reducing compatibility issues. The Chinese company uses Analog Devices' Blackfin 52x family, partially because its power consumption goes down to 0.16 mW/MHz. Versatility is also a key design requirement in today's international marketplace, since file formats vary globally.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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