Analog Devices has targeted its two newest Blackfin processors — the ADSP-BF539 and the ADSP-BF539F — at CAN and MOST bus connectivity in the automotive industry. The BF539F is said to be the first Blackfin processor to offer Flash memory in a single package. Using Known Good Die (KGD) Flash memory from Spansion, both processors are designed for memory-hungry processing applications that enable audio, video and conversation voice recognition. For more information on Analog Devices' bus connectivity processors, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4930-529.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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