The newest version of Coldfire now supports Freescale Semiconductor's MCF5207 and MCF5208 microprocessors, including a utility that lets programmers debug firmware in minutes, integrating Freescale's dBug ROM monitor software into the Crossware development environment. To meet requirements for modern embedded systems, the software now supports 64-bit integer arithmetic in its ColdFire C compiler. The software makes using the dBug ROM monitor as a starting point for the programmer's own application easy, with a utility that can import the whole dBug source tree and build settings into the Crossware graphical development environment. After unzipping the Freescale files, finishing a build and download cycle takes minutes, and the firmware can be downloaded quickly into Flash with Crossware's FireFly USB background debug mode interface. The integrated, user-friendly environment lets developers create, build and debug their ColdFire programs with or without hardware.
More often than not, with the purchase of a sports car comes the sacrifice of any sort of utility. In other words, you can forget about a large trunk, extra seats for the kids, and more importantly driving in snowy (or inclement) weather. But what if there was a vehicle that offered the best of both worlds; great handling and practicality?
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
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