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
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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