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I, robot?

Researchers are tackling the challenges of building truly humanoid robots.

Far from dead - VME is still alive and kicking.

When confronted with the question 'is VME dead?', what comes to mind is Mark Twain's famed response to his supposed demise – 'reports of its death are exaggerated'. VME, still the de facto open standard board architecture of choice for the embedded defence and aerospace market after 30 years, remains vital and healthy, both as a technology and as a 'culture' in the VITA Standards Organisation (VSO).

How multiple cores are improving data processing efficiency

Multiple cores on a chip is no longer deemed a novel way to boost computational performance. Chip firms recognise that using multiple cpus in parallel gives a better return than complex architectural tweaks to the cpu itself. By doing so, each elemental core can be tailored in terms of chip area and power consumption, especially when the core's clocking frequency is no longer the overriding concern.

Sensors - A clever touch

Driven by the influence of products such as the iPod, capacitive touch sensing is finding wider application and support. By Graham Pitcher.

Company profile – Bringing designers the world's most energy friendly microcontrollers

The explosion in the use of battery operated electronic products of the last few years has been followed more recently by the need for the battery to last longer for convenience, environmental and cost reasons. At the same time, applications have become increasingly complex and demand higher performance from the microcontroller, making the challenge of designing systems for low power even more difficult.

A matter of scale: Integrated device eases industrial signal scaling issues

In an industrial environment, the control of machinery or the control of process is done with the help of programmable logic controllers and distributed control systems. Both have monitoring and controlling functions, as they include analogue I/O modules that can receive input signals from sensors and transmit output signals to actuators.

Pushing to 32nm: advanced platform for networking asics

Despite many people claiming otherwise, asics are alive and well. And, again in contrast to recent opinion, asics are also alive and well at the leading edge of technology. Although the development costs at the leading edge are escalating rapidly, these are outweighed by the benefits which an asic brings to the application.

Viewpoints: Have you unplugged yet?

A few years ago, the future of the 8 and 16bit mcu was being questioned. As embedded applications grew more and more complex, the hardware scene was likely to be dominated by fpgas, asics, cplds and SoCs. Would the traditional general purpose mcu survive?

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