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Skynet Calling

Liquid Metal, Communication Protocols, and Embedded MCUs

We all know it’s coming. It’s only a matter of time. Skynet is close at hand. This week’s Fish Fry takes a look at a new study released by the University of North Carolina that has made reconfigurable metal a reality. But, before we can build Skynet (or build the counter-revolutionary forces led by the one and only John Connor) we must be able to connect the IoT communication dots. Today’s episode also examines two of the many building blocks needed to get this sci-fi plot line from fantasy to fact. We chat with John Beal and Artem Aginskiy about a new RF-enhanced embedded microcontroller family from Texas Instruments (SimpleLink) and TI’s C5000 fixed-point DSP products. 


 

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Links for October 3, 2014

Researchers Control Surface Tension to Manipulate Liquid Metals (Video)

Giant and switchable surface activity of liquid metal via surface oxidation (Whitepaper)

More information about SimpleLink

More information about the TMS320C5517 – Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor

New Episode of Chalk Talk: Increase FPGA Performance with Enhanced Capabilities of Synplify Pro & Premier

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