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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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