This device runs off USB 2.0 through a PC, and has arbitrary digital waveform generator and logic analyzer capabilities. Engineers can use the tool to access electronic systems from any PC-based workstation. It can access almost any port within 16 address/data lines and 6 control lines up to 50MHz. It has a maximum speed of 100 MB/s burst performance over the 16 KB internal memory depth. Built-in hardware acceleration frees up plenty of bandwidth for data transfer. It has 16 bidirectional data pins, 6 bidirectional control pins, I/O voltage 1.2V to 3.3V, and a system interface frequency up to 50MHz. It is available from stock at $1,187 each.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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