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bistable

1. having two stable states
2. Computing another name for flip-flop

bistable

[¦bī¦stā·bəl]
(science and technology)
Capable of assuming either of two stable states.

bistable

Pronounced "bye-stable." With regard to electronics, it refers to technologies that maintain their binary state without power, although they require power to change it. For example, non-volatile storage, such as flash memory, maintains its 0 or 1 state without power. A flip-flop is a bistable circuit, and E Ink and cholesteric LCDs are bistable display technologies. See non-volatile memory, future memory chips, flip-flop, E Ink and cholesteric LCD.
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The un-tapered baseline shows no signs of bi-stable behavior, believed to be due to the asymmetric pressure distribution.
This might explain occasionally bi-stable behavior on specific joint configurations.
The mobile also includes a 'pop-up' mechanism which uses a bi-stable spring mechanism and stainless steel ball bearings.
The BRS 3831-10 and BRS 5035-8 bi-stable rotary solenoids achieve fast cycle times when clockwise or counterclockwise without the need for a return spring.
The line includes linear solenoids for standard, intensive, or heavy-duty applications, as well as bi-stable linear solenoids and self-holding latching solenoids to promote low energy consumption.
A Kent screen might be ideal for reading on a sunny beach and its bi-stable display requires no power to retain an image on screen indefinitely.
The third section, "Twenty Years After Digital Decorum and Bi-stable Allusions," which appeared in Texte: Revue de critique et de theorie litterature in 1989, is a review of what Lanham perceives to have happened in his profession over the past twenty years.
Advanced user interface with two low-power display technologies, a chip-on-glass unit by Okaya and a bi-stable, non-glass E Ink segmented display
Simple installation: The bi-stable DIN rail extraction system in ElfaPlus enables secure, quick and easy installation and removal of devices while helping to ensure a firm adjustment to the DIN rail.
Proper Orthogonal Decomposition (POD) was applied to both the 2D and tomographic data to show the presence of a bi-stable wake structure.
The conditions which enabled the bi-stable organic haze to form permanently ended when the atmosphere became oxygenated some 100 million years after the sediments were laid down.
Switching power requirements is minimal and unlike a solenoid the switch is bi-stable, so needs far less power to hold it in position.