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.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.