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.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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