Texas Instruments is targeting its C2000 DSPs (digital signal processors) to engineers who are 16- and 32-bit microcontroller users looking for lots of functionality. But those users don't really think in terms of DSPs. No problem. TI will call the C2000 a digital signal controller (DSC) instead of a DSP. The nomenclature avoids confusion and has some obvious marketing benefits. Plus, says TI's Stephan Beek, it's a more accurate description of the product. "With its control and communications peripherals and event timers, it looks more like a microcontroller anyway," he says.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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