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.
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Researchers have been developing a number of nano- and micro-scale technologies that can be used for implantable medical technology for the treatment of disease, diagnostics, prevention, and other health-related applications.
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
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