Renesas Technology America Inc. is shipping its 160 MHz SH7211F single-chip microcontroller with 512 kbytes of on-chip Flash memory. The 32-bit RISC chip, the latest member of the SuperH family, uses the firm’s new SH-2A core. The CPU also employs proprietary Flash memory technology that provides virtually the same performance as when single-cycle memory accesses are performed at 160 MHz. The SH-2A core improves ROM code efficiency, so program size can be reduced by about 25 percent compared with code written for chips that have the SH-2 core. The 144-pin devices list for $19.84. The line can use peripherals designed for SH-2 cores.
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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