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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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