Texas Instruments' engineers revealed sampling availability of microcontrollers with increased amounts of on-chip memory. As part of the expansion of its MSP430 line, TI announced that its new MSP43FG461x series of devices will ultimately incorporate an extended 1 MB memory model, giving it 16 times more memory than the 64 kB of today. MSP43FG461x devices with up 120 kB of Flash memory and 8 kB of RAM are available now, but no date has yet been given for the 1 MB devices. TI also announced volume availability of an ARM 7-based device (the TMS470R1B1M), which also offers 1 MB of Flash. Read more at http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-577.
A group of engineering students at Rice University have designed a knee brace that harvests energy from walking, which potentially can be reused to power small medical devices and even an artificial heart.
The global packaged food market is still rising, thanks to constantly changing consumer preferences and growing demand in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, and the global food packaging machinery market is continuing to ride its fortunes.
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