Fisher-Price has put sharp Microelectronics' Blue Streak Arm 7 processor line on its road map for some electronic toys. An Arm CPU from Sharp (www.sharpsma.com/sma/products/MCUSoC.htm) is used in the Pixter Color Digital Creativity System (www.fisher-price.com/us/pixter/) now on the market to replace an 8-bit chip in previous generations. LCD controllers are among the cores that help make the processor suitable for toy development.
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
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