Fifty cents goes much farther than it used to in the 8-bit microcontroller market. Microchip is selling the PIC16C505 one-time-programmable (OTP) part for 49 cents, and the PIC16CR54C ROM device for 40 cents. The 14-pin parts provide an upward migration path to increased I/O capability for designs based on the company's 8-pin controllers. The OTP part sports 1,024312 words of program memory, 72 x 8 bytes of user RAM, 12 I/O pins, and a 4-MHz internal clock oscillator. The ROM version offers 512 x 12 words of ROM program memory, 25 bytes of user RAM, and 12 I/O pins. Both operate from 2.5 to 5.5V, use 33 single-word instructions, and offer a full-speed 200-nsec instruction cycle at 20 MHz. Microchip Technology: Product Code 4277
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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