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
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Highly regarded engineer and physicist Ransom Stephens speaks with Design News about his extensive science and engineering background, the serious yet funny study of neuroscience, and how one primes their brain for innovation.
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