Anyone can drop a roast or spare ribs into a commercial meat
smoker, but Peter Rauch decided to create an electronically controlled smoker
that uses a programmable controller, touch-screen human-machine interface, and
a network connection. Not only will this high-tech smoker control its
temperature, it also monitors meat temperature and can hold it at that
temperature until you're ready for a feast. The design includes a Web server
for remote control and text-message alarms. As they say in German,
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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