Infineon's XC164S family of microcontroller (MCU) products provides features and peripheral functions optimized for industrial control applications such as robotics, networked systems, and electrical drive systems. The 16-bit MCUs use Infineon's C166S V2 architecture to provide performance levels that match 32-bit MCUs currently used in many of these applications, but with costs that can be as much as 30 percent lower. With clock speeds of 20 MHz or 40 MHz, XC164S devices achieve up to 40 MIPS (million instructions per second) performance.
For motor control applications, the CAPCOM6E capture/compare module with its two independent timers dedicated to PWM generation for ac and dc motor control provides a variety of waveforms. Other key features include embedded Flash, a peripheral event controller (PEC), a 14-channel 10-bit ADC, a multifunctional general-purpose timer unit with five timers, and 79 general-purpose I/O lines. One of the 12 single-chip CMOS microcontrollers in the family, the XC164D, has an integrated TwinCAN module that meets the CAN specification V2.0 part B. All units incorporate On-Chip Debug System capability to reduce system design and test time and take advantage of available development tools. The units are housed in a 100-pin MQFP package and available now are samples of the XC164S/D/N microcontrollers. Pricing for XC164N with 64K Flash memory is $8.50 in sample quantities.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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