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
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Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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