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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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