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.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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