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.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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