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.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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