MOTION CONTROL: The MC464, the latest and most advanced addition to Trio’s Motion Coordinator family, is a multi-axis motion and machine controller featuring a high-performance 64-bit processor in a modular design. It provides OEMs and automation system integrators with a flexible choice of servo and stepper drive interfacing combined with a wide selection of Fieldbus protocols - plus programming flexibility that includes the company’s Trio BASIC or industry-standard IEC 61131 runtime. The MC464 features a 64 bit, 400 MHz MIPS processor with 200 Mhz DDR memory, a 64-bit integer position register and an extremely fast servo loop update rate capability. Axis expansion modules include two Flexible Axis Interfaces for four or eight axes with 16-bit DAC outputs and 6 Mhz encoder feedback. Flexible Axis Interfaces can be combined to provide up to 24 independently configured discrete wired axes for linear or rotary servo motor drives, open loop steppers, hydraulic and piezoelectric drives, with support for SSI and EnDat absolute encoders.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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