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Blogs about Industrial Applications

Blogs about Industrial Applications

  • FORTHdsPIC gets Embedded and Walks Alone

    Bill Marshall

    Last year I embarked upon a project to write a FORTH language interpreter/compiler from scratch to run on a Microchip PIC24 or dsPIC microcontroller. So far most of the development has taken place on an RS Embedded Development Platform using Microchip PIM processor modules. By version 0.4, FORTH programs could be compiled and run in the device RAM with an attached host PC providing terminal emulation. Now with version 0.5 user programs can be transferred to the device non-volatile Flash memory and run without the host PC. In other words FORTHdsPIC can now be used in embedded applications.

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    • Is Number Five really Alive? (Number One is still pretty Dumb)

      Bill Marshall

      Finally, after months of late nights working in the lab, this collection of servomotors, microcontrollers and bits of bent metal is ready to come alive. All it needs now is a brain to give it intelligence, to allow it to think for itself, to operate autonomously: to be a robot. But what is ‘intelligence’ and can it be programmed in computer code? I have a ‘Smart’ phone, but what does ‘Smart’ mean? One thing’s for sure, a lot of research is required just to work out where to start.

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      • Now you can afford to measure the future!

        psmith1309

        From time to time, products emerge which are genuinely unique and offer exciting new opportunities. As a member of the DesignSpark team at RS I can honestly say that in my career spanning over three decades there have been very few of these. The Red Pitaya project is certainly one.

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        • Could Intel’s New Haswell CPUs Herald a Breakthrough for Embedded Computing?

          Mark BVM

          It has always been a compromise between raw computing performance, power consumption and thereby heat generation, when designing an embedded system. Intel claims its new 4th generation Haswell CPU range means this compromise is reduced, giving designers the best of both worlds. When BVM got wind of the new Haswell chips in development, we were eager to see what the implications and possibilities might be for commercial applications and embedded systems. Having now had a chance to assess the new Haswell processors, here are our thoughts.

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          • Panasonic Power Mount CSP MOS FET

            Panasonic_Discrete_Semiconductor

            Panasonic Semiconductor has developed the New Power CSP MOSFET This MOSFET family is optimized for load switches that combine low RDS(on) in a smaller form factor, reducing the power management system size and minimizing power consumption to increase power efficiency.

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