Texas Instruments’ TMS470R1B1M ARM7-based MCUs with 1MB Flash memory have 60 MHz, 32-bit chips and also carry 64 kbytes of RAM. A High-End Timer (HET) co-processor provides greater accuracy in timing functions like period and pulse measurements, output compare and Pulse Width Modulations (PWMs). The HET co-processor runs independently in parallel with the ARM7 CPU, providing significantly higher throughput. Peripherals include two CAN controllers, five I2C modules, three serial communication interfaces, two serial peripheral interfaces and a 16-channel DMA controller.
Pricing for the 144-pin device starts at $14.95 for 1,000. For more information on TI’s ARM CPU, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4927-550.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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