Whether microcontrollers are being embedded into new applications that demand ease of use or in mature environments where performance increases are needed, design engineers are looking for more memory.
The ability to squeeze greater amounts of Flash on a controller is bringing significant benefits, letting developers shrink products or offer more features and functions. “More demanding requirements like advanced user interfaces and real-time operation are being addressed by expanded memory capabilities,” says Mark Buccini, marketing director, Advanced Embedded Controls at TI. When powerful processors are augmented by large amounts of memory and popular peripherals, system design becomes much simpler.
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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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