Texas Instruments is gunning for the traditional microcontroller market with its new 100-MIPS TMS320C2700 DSP architecture. The goal: to make microcontrollers obsolete for real-time embedded applications. The idea is that the DSP's combination of signal processing and control functions will let designers replace two processors with one or upgrade a microcontroller-based system to DSP performance while eliminating such supporting functions as sensors and ASICs and writing real-time application software in a high-level language. Texas Instruments: Product Code 4278
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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