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
Lithium-ion battery prices will drop rapidly over the next 10 years, setting the stage for plug-in vehicles to reach 5%-10% of total automotive sales by the mid- to late-2020s, according to a new study.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
A recent Design News-exclusive study proves that engineering professionals are at the very forefront of this push into the future and making direct financial, performance, and value impact on their organizations by being personally involved or final decision-makers on automation solution and component choices.
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