Engineers have tuned the newest member of Toshiba's TX SystemRISC family of 32-bit MIPS-based processors for high-performance PDAs (personal digital assistants) and interactive communications applications. The TMPR3922U is a 166-MHz, 2.5V microprocessor with power-management features to conserve battery life. A high-speed multiplier and accumulator (MAC) executes 32 X 32-bit multiplies with a 64-bit accumulation in a single clock cycle to support software modems and various memory controllers. Interfaces include ISDN, RS-232C, IrDA, and PCMCIA. An integrated translation lookaside buffer (TLB) is on chip to support Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. Toshiba is also offering a TMPR3922U reference system for OEMs developing Windows CE products, as well as support tools and software. Toshiba America Electronic Components: Product Code 4280
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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