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.
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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