Ethernet and USB On-the-Go peripherals, coupled with compact size, are the key features of two 68K/ColdFire families from Freescale Semiconductors. Though the chips are designed for applications like industrial control, home automation and environmental monitoring that require small size and low pricing, they still have 256 Kbytes of Flash. The two, 32-bit families run at 60 and 80 MHz, delivering 2.1 MIPS. One version offers a USB 2.0 full-speed Host/Device/On-The-Go Controller, while the other provides a10/100 Fast Ethernet Controller with Ethernet PHY. In volume quantities, the 3.3V lines list for $5.49 and $7.99.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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