Three siblings and one GameCube is a recipe for territorial skirmishes. Many games only support two users. Jeremy Willden bought his three kids a GameCube for Christmas and quickly discovered parental intervention was critical. He initially used a kitchen timer, but soon opted for a more technology-driven solution. He created an electronic Time Turner. The gadget uses a Microchip microcontroller connected to three LEDs and a small speaker. Every 15 minutes, the LEDs change (each labeled with a child’s name) to indicate whose turn it is.
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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