By adding more on-chip memory and functionality to Hitachi Semiconductor's H8/300 series 8-bit microcontroller, engineers produced a new series of devices that are said to be capable of replacing 16-bit MCUs in cost-sensitive applications, such as print-head motor controllers. The H8/3318 model has a 60-KByte ROM to store complex programs and a 4-KByte RAM--the largest on-chip RAM of any 8-bit MCU--to handle the larger storage requirements of such programs. The company claims that design engineers will find the new 8-bit H8/3318 capable of doing the job of a 16-bit MCU or even 32-bit MCU in many applications. Such cost-sensitive applications include fast, precise motor control systems for printers and plotters. Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc., Product Code 4176.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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