Jon, are there any good competitors to I2C coming down the pike? In particular, I find that, if I want many sensors capable of actively interrupting a processor in a deterministic fashion, SPI is too few, regular I2C is passive slave only, and Multi-Master I2C makes me swim through a river of documents, only to not be sure I've found a valid solution. Is there anything new coming along that will eliminate this problem for me?
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