Green Hills Software, Inc. unveiled a minuscule embedded operating system with a ROM footprint as small as 1,600 bytes. Called µ-velOSity, the new RTOS offers a RAM footprint, as small as 1,600 bytes and service call times as low as 30 cycles. Green Hills' engineers say the new OS supports ARM technology, PowerPC host processors, as well as select Freescale ColdFire embedded controllers. They foresee its use in MP3 players, disk controllers and wireless control applications. Read more about it at http://rbi.ims.ca/ 4924-578.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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