Designers in the open source world can finish developments quickly with the Beagle Board, a 3 x 3-inch module that can be used to create gaming images or other complex tasks. Digi-Key Corp. is now offering the card, which provides the computing power needed to create real-time pixel-shaded graphics for gaming and 3-D user interface acceleration. It also lets users develop embedded applications such as home media centers, robotics, Web kiosks and digital signage. The board is powered by a Texas Instruments' OMAP3530 processor, which includes a TMS320C64x+ DSP core and an ARM Cortex-A8, 2-D/3-D graphics engine. The portable card is powered through a USB connector, so it can be attached to a range of systems.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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