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Other semiconductor makers are rolling out similar solutions. Late last year, Renesas Electronics introduced its RH850 32-bit RISC MCUs, which incorporate up to 8 MB of Flash memory. It also rolled out the RZ family of ARM-based microprocessors, aimed at applications requiring up to 300 MHz of performance. For end node communication, Freescale also recently unveiled its S12 MagniV microcontroller portfolio. MagniV is targeted at the end nodes on LIN body networks (which handle doors, windows, and lighting), as well as CAN networks (which control onboard diagnostics and powertrain). Freescale says the new MagniV family will enable automotive engineers to use fewer components and cut board sizes at the end nodes, possibly removing as much as 20 pounds of copper wiring from vehicles. To be sure, the auto industry still has a major challenge in its ongoing electronic clean-up efforts. Vehicles use MCUs in virtually every major auto system, ranging from engines and transmissions to air bags and instrument clusters. Moreover, the list is growing, as processors migrate out to ignitions, horns, phones, headlights, heaters, seat motors, turn signals, dome lights, DVD players, window lifts, navigation products, power steering systems, and tire pressure management devices, to name just a few. But suppliers believe that the latest generation of their MCUs can make in-roads. "There's a way to reduce the number of modules and gateways," Loane told us. "Hypothetically, if we could get it down to a single module that integrates all the functionality, that would be ideal." Your Partner in Custom Plastic Components Precision Plastic Machining Complex Plastic Injection Molding Quick Turnaround Prototyping — Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test For More Information: Qorivva MPC5748G: RH850 32-bit RISC MCUs: S12 MagniV: Custom Plastic Couplings, Adapters, Bearings, Fittings and More! Plastic Injection Molding to +/-.001. Design Hardware & Software Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. The European Space Agency (ESA) wants you to play video games with flying drones so it can develop better space robots. A free app that runs on the iPhone or iPad lets owners of Parrot AR.Drone quadricopters navigate their remote-controlled robots to perform dockings on a simulation of the International Space Station. Using crowdsourcing, the ESA figures it will arrive faster at improved methods for robotic docking strategies. The new AstroDrone app is part of a larger ESA project run by its Advanced Concepts Team. This Artificial Intelligence project aims at collecting data via crowdsourcing about how robots navigate their environments. In particular, it's aimed at improving robots' abilities to autonomously estimate distances to other objects, a skillset clearly needed in the complex task of docking in space. In the AstroDrone experiment, the team's goal is to discover whether Custom Plastic Connectors, Insulator, Caps, Poppets and More Patrick Plastics Corp. 505 Wegner Drive West Chicago, IL 60185 Contact: Shawn Healy P: 630.639.5011 F: 630.639.5016 630-639-5011 magenta cyan yellow black ES247124_DN1305_029.pgs 05.06.2013 22:59 UBM

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