The PMAC2-PC/104 from Delta Tau uses a high level of integration to achieve this small form factor. The main board has only three main components — the Motorola DSP CPU with embedded RAM, a servo ASIC and flash memory for program backup.
As a series of boards in the PC/104 form factor, this controller can be installed in a PC/104 stack or act as a stand-alone controller with serial communications, including RS-232, USB, or Ethernet. Because it uses standard PMAC2 firmware, it has all of the software capabilities of any PMAC2 controller.
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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