SGS-Thomson has launched a family of 8-bit microcontrollers based on an architecture that up to now had been used only internally to produce application-specific devices for PC monitors, remote controls, CD players, and car radios. The new ST72 core can run at double speed, comes in one-time-programmable versions, and offers low-voltage detection and high electrical noise immunity. On-chip memory ranges from 128 to 1,024 bytes of RAM and 4 kbytes of program memory to 32 kbytes or ROM/EPROM and 256 bytes of EEPROM. Peripherals include 8-bit multichannel DAC, SPI, I2C, USB, and CAN interfaces; a programmable watchdog timer, and one or two 16-bit timers. Applications include washing machines, food processors, power tools, and alarms. SGS-Thomson Microelectronics: Product Code 4276
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
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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