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The University of California's Berkeley Design Center has licensed Tensilica's Xtensa configurable processor core IP to build a powerful baseband processing chip as part of a two-chip CMOS solution for ultra-low-power radio networks. In this architecture, the Xtensa core, reconfigurable logic, and dedicated baseband processing network bus are on a single chip with links to the RF front end on a second chip. This CMOS implementation only serves as a predecessor to realizing a single-chip solution for wireless communications.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) announced a memorandum of understanding with Secat Inc., a company affiliated with the University of Kentucky serving as a technical forum for the aluminum industry. The two will jointly develop a vehicle that can provide economic, environmental, and energy benefits to the aluminum industry. As part of this project, Secat's Aluminum Vision Team is working to determine how best to reduce stress cracking in aluminum ingots, as well as how to reduce oxidative melt loss in aluminum and aluminum alloys.

On May 19, the NASA Atlantis Space Shuttle launched from the Kennedy Space Center equipped with a Boeing- and Honeywell-designed multifunction electronic display subsystem. This "glass cockpit" utilizes Philips' flat-panel display technology. As part of a Boeing/Honeywell instrumentation retrofit program, NASA expects to replace the traditional CRT displays as well as various mechanical gauges within all of its space-shuttle cockpits with Philips' active-matrix LCDs.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has joined medical researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and its Health System to make telemedicine a safe and viable alternative to traditional medicine. Dubbed the Hospitals, Universities, Businesses, and Schools (HUBS) initiative, the project hopes to develop technologies for networking and archiving medical-image data. It will create a technological infrastructure for real-time consultation on patient diagnosis and care among specialists at diverse locations. It also will promote regional collaborative research and health education. Toward that end, the partners are looking at technologies for secure, reliable, and fast automated diagnosis methods. The Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMI), meanwhile, is applying its biomedical informatics technology to the processing and communication of medical data needed for telemedicine.

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