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
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.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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