- Designers who need military-grade semiconductors for devices that operate over wide temperature excursions face some bleak procurement prospects. These products represent just 0.25% of today's semiconductor production. This shortage has prompted the University of Maryland to publish a report detailing a traceable, verifiable process for "uprating" StongARM designs in RISC systems beyond the commercial temperature range of 0°C to 70°C. A popular 32-bit RISC CPU instruction set, advanced RISC machine (ARM) is implemented in CPUs built by over 30 semiconductor suppliers. StrongARM, Intel's version of this set, includes some I/O and extra capability on the chip.
- Honda Research & Development, the University of California at Riverside (UCR), and state and federal air-quality regulatory agencies have established a research program to measure and understand the environmental impact of next-generation gasoline-powered automobiles. These researchers will develop the advanced instrumentation necessary for evaluating ultra-low-emission vehicles and assist in further developing emission-control systems and fuels. Automakers are driving tailpipe emissions so low, current technology cannot accurately detect or measure them. The program will be conducted at UCR, where researchers are investigating alternative-fuel and autonomous vehicles, conversion of biomass into fuel, and atmospheric modeling of pollutants.