Embedded Computing/Processing Microchip Technology Inc.'s PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X 8-bit Microcontrollers With Integrated Configurable Logic in 6- to 20-pin Packages Microchip’s 8-bit PIC10F(LF)32X and PIC1XF(LF)150X MCUs feature configurable logic and a high level of peripheral integration in 6- to 20-pin packages, providing an unmatched combination of unique functionality, power consumption, size, and cost. The integrated peripherals include Configurable Logic Cells (CLCs), Complementary Waveform Generators (CWGs), and Numerically Controlled Oscillators (NCOs), enabling functionality that was not possible before with low-pincount MCUs. The CLC enables software control of combinational and sequential logic, which increases the on-chip interconnection of peripherals and I/Os, thereby reducing external components, saving code space, and adding functionality. The CWG works with multiple on-chip peripherals to generate complementary waveforms that have dead-band control and auto shutdown, which provides improved switching efficiencies. The NCO enables linear frequency control and high resolution, which is required for applications such as lighting ballasts, tone generation, and other resonant-control circuits. These MCUs also feature low power consumption, with currents of less than 30 µA/MHz in active mode, and less than 20 nA in sleep; as well as an on-chip 16 MHz internal oscillator, an ADC, and up to four PWMs.
I would like to know how high the Lift Buddy can lift. Most of the toughest tasks (for example, in my garage) require a reach of about eight feet. If the Lift Buddy can do that, they've got a customer.
TI's gas sensing platform is another interesting one. Gas sensing systems are a growing market for the home. Emission testing stations can also use them for measuring exhaust gases. On the inside of the vehicle, there could also be a growing market in alcohol (breathalyzer) sensing, as well as carbon monoxide sensing. I've always wondered when someone would develop a CO sensor for inside the car. Anyone who's ever driven an old beater knows the importance of that.
Reminds me of a funny story, Charles. When I was a kid, I interviewed my neighbor who happened to be an engineer for Texas Instruments for a school assignment. He told me that when the transistor first came out - they said it was just a fad...
I agree Ann - after reading your post, I could hardly wait to see the Lift Buddy. I have had a similar prototype in the works for years that we call the "Saddle-Jack." Being a horsewoman, I have seen a need for something that would help folks who are prone to back problems to be able to saddle their horses by themselves. We have the two wheeler but are still in the brainstorming stage for making it work in a cost-effective manner. That Lift Buddy is a great idea for lots of applications!
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
Kaspersky Labs indicated at its February meeting that cyber attacks are far more sophisticated than previous thought. It turns out even air-gapping (disconnecting computers from the Internet to protect against cyber intrusion) isn’t a foolproof way to avoid getting hacked. And Kaspersky implied the NSA is the smartest attacker.
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