Motorola has introduced the first part to be based on its new MCORE microRISC architecture. The MMC2001 is a general-purpose ultralow-power microcontroller integrated with standard peripherals and targeted for battery-powered portable applications. It achieves sustained performance of 31 MIPS with an internal clock speed of 33 MHz operating from a 1.8V supply. Instructions are 16 bits and are executed via an internal 32-bit data path. Designers optimized the 2001 for low-cost 16-bit memory, but the external bus can also use 8- or 32-bit devices. First production samples of the chip will be available in the third quarter, but Motorola is already claiming $1.6 billion in total MCORE architecture design wins. Motorola: Product Code 4279
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
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