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Parallax goes open source with both hardware and software for the Propeller 1 MCU (via Parallax) Parallax has followed suit with the likes of LEON, OpenRISC and LowRISC by making their octo-core MCU Propeller 1 SoC open source for both the hardware and software. Released back in April of 2006, the MCU features eight 32-bit RISC CPU cores (cogs), 32Kb of RAM/ROM and 32 GPIO pins. Each core can access those GPIO pins as well as other shared system resources and since it has its own onboard memo ...
One student out of India is looking to get extra credit with a concept that he believes will change the way people interact with microcomputers. Praveen Kumar Pendyala is developing a way to directly program the BeagleBone Linux microcomputer using an Android phone.   Pendyala’s “One cable to rule them all” is an initiative to build a system through which tinkerers can program microcomputers using a device that lives in the worn-out back pocket of blue jeans – cell ...
Pocket NC P5 five-axis CNC milling machine (via Pocket NC)   Sure, 3D printers are cool, but don’t forget about traditional machining. If CNC milling machines are your fancy, keep an eye out for the Pocket NC P5, a BeagleBone-powered five-axis desktop CNC milling machine that will launch on Kickstarter this Fall.   While it seems that 3D printers are taking over the world, it’s a hard bet that they’ll replace the function of the CNC milling machine for some time. Th ...

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