The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the most ambitious races there is, testing the endurance of drivers and their machines. Mega-Line Racing Electronic GmbH, which is providing the absolute magnetic shaft encoder in the Audi R10's transmission, has turned to solid-state sensors to improve lifetimes. Mega employs austriamicrosystems' AS5243 redundant magnetic angular position sensor, using it to measure the absolute position of the barrel shaft in the gearbox. That optimizes the whole gear change sequence. The compact 7 mm sq Hall Effect sensor is contactless, so there's no wear, improving reliability.
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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