Freescale's Slave LIN Interface Communication (SLIC) Module eliminates the need for expensive non-volatile memory on automotive microcontrollers used in so-called "LIN" networks (Local Interconnect Networks used for window lifts, seat motors and lighting in vehicles). Unlike current solutions, which require MCU oscillators to enable a standard UART, the SLIC approach synchronizes both frame and bit rate at the same time. Even with oscillator frequency varied by as much as 50 percent, designers can create nodes that never require oscillator trimming. Therefore, manufacturing time is saved, since there is no need for suppliers to execute a trimming operation. Furthermore, inexpensive Read-Only Memory (ROM) based MCUs can be used, thus cutting costs.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.