Freescale Semiconductor's MPC5567 is said to be the industry's first 32-bit microcontroller based on the PowerPC core to offer embedded Flash and integrated FlexRay protocol. It provides fault-tolerant communication at high bandwidth rates of 10 Mbits/sec, making it a strong candidate for the safety-critical FlexRay databus applications. The new MCU is expected to be used in high-end integrated chassis applications, where it would coordinate and control communications and other various activities in the vehicle. Freescale engineers also expect it to see use in engine management systems. For more information on Freescale's FlexRay microcontroller, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-530.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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