Siemens' latest industrial microcomputers are powered by the Sicomp CPCI-CPU066, a central processing unit equipped with an Intel Pentium II/III Mobile processor running at 500MHz. It is designed to work with two backplane bus systems, the SMP16 and Compact PCI, as well as connecting high-performance graphics to its Advanced Graphics Port (AGP). The AGP permits faster graphics because it makes no demands on the system bus. The CPCI-CPU066 is typically used for intensive data processing and real-time requirements. It also features a 1MB flash EPROM, SDROM to 256MB, and CMOS-RAM.
Motorola's new flash microcontroller is a single chip solution for in-application programmability and re-programmability, so OEMs can program later in the manufacturing cycle, and make remote upgrades in the field. A flash memory chip can be rewritten and hold its content without power, and be updated by a software download. The new 68HC908AB32 is an 8-bit chip capable of write/erase cycling to 10,000 cycles and programming speed to 2 msec. for a 64-byte block. It has 32 kB in-system programmable flash memory, 512 bytes of byte-erasable EEPROM, and 1,012 bytes of user RAM.
The process of hand-assembling digital signal processors (DSPs) has typically been a time-to-market bottleneck, but Lucent's new StarCore SC110 allows engineers to develop up to 90% of the code in C, which compiles very quickly. It is priced for applications such as client DSL modems, voice-centric handsets, IP telephony, home networking client devices, and automotive and motor control.
By experimenting with the photovoltaic reaction in solar cells, researchers at MIT have made a breakthrough in energy efficiency that significantly pushes the boundaries of current commercial cells on the market.
In a world that's going green, industrial operations have a problem: Their processes involve materials that are potentially toxic, flammable, corrosive, or reactive. If improperly managed, this can precipitate dangerous health and environmental consequences.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is