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.
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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