Made for a number of industrial communications applications such as servo system platforms and motion control, the microcontroller comes with two ARM 946E cores, two CAN channels, two 10/100 Mbit Ethernet MACs with HW extension for real-time protocols, and motion control logic capability. It is versatile, with the EUROS real-time operating system built in to operate the ARMs independently. The MAC ports support real-time protocols over Ethernet through hardware extensions. The microcontroller also has an integrated complex-motion control block that can run any electronic motor right from the IC. It is designed to keep power dissipation so low it doesn't need heatsinks or fans.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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