The DMC-1700 Series of ISA Bus motion control cards provide from one to eight axes of motion control on a single card. Each card allows any combination of axes uing step motors, servomotors, and hydraulics, with each axis configurable for optimum flexibility. Two communications channels include: a high-speed FIFO for sending and receiving commands, and a DMA channel that places a record directly into PC memory and provides instant access to status and parameters. A 2 Mbyte Flash EEPROM is included to provide non-volatile memory for storing applications programs, parameters, arrays, and firmware.
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Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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