Dual-core micros are expanding their reach into the consumer world, helping in the transition to high-definition TV and digital movies. Silicon Imaging deployed Intel's Core2 Duo in its SI-2K high-definition video camera. A control system developed by MEN Micro Inc. lets Silicon Imaging trim its price by 40 percent over competitors while also permitting upgrades because of its modular architecture. The professional-grade camera, with a base price of $17,500, shoots raw footage directly to disk at either 1,920 x 1,080p high definition or 2,048 x 1,152 cinema resolutions. That makes it easier to edit on the fly even in remote areas, reducing the number of takes. It acquires data at 100 Mbytes/sec and plays it at 1 Gbyte/sec.
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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