Technology remains a key weapon in the fight against terrorism. The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard are expanding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program. The TWIC requires the nearly 1 million longshoremen, sailors, truck drivers and other laborers in the U.S. to use tamper-resistant smart cards when they enter U.S. port facilities. The TSA recently approved four biometric readers from Sagem Morpho. These point-of-entry readers use TWIC Privacy Keys to read encrypted biometric data such as digital fingerprints.
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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