That's why I selected Microchip. I needed a 32 bit microcontroller with Ethernet and USB (and GPIB but that isn't included in any of them). MPLAB ICD3 didn't cost very much and MPLABX is free to any usinging it just for Microchip controllers.
Yes, Microchip is very focused with lots of networking interfaces with their PIC32. That's why the PIC32 parts have so much RAM and internal buffers. It's also faster on interrupt response (less cycles) than the Cortex family.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.