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
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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