Hitachi has added 128 kbytes of 5V flash memory to its H8S series of 16-bit microcontrollers to accommodate complex programs. The new H8S/2144 and H8S/2134 operate at up to 20 MHz and have eight power-saving modes to suit portable applications. Peripherals include ADCs, DACs, timers, and support for IrDA and smart-card interfaces. Applications include cellular phones, disk drives, airbag-deployment control, industrial control, and smart-card readers. The company's 8-bit H8/300 chips are upwardly compatible with the H8S series instruction set, enabling OEMs to easily upgrade to 16-bit performance while lowering power consumption. Hitachi Semiconductor: Product Code 4275
Days after a massive, distributed denial-of-service attack took down dozens of major websites around the country, ARM Holdings plc is rolling out a pair of new processor architectures aimed at shoring up IoT security.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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