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The limited-edition bottles are only available in Singapore and come in either red or blue, featuring Rey and Kylo Ren. (Image Credit: Coca Cola)   Star Wars fanatics will want to get their hands on the latest merchandise, Coca Cola’s special No Sugar bottles, featuring Rey and Kylo Ren, with lightsabers that light up when they touch the labels.  The product is only available in Singapore, with the division releasing 8,000 limited edition bottles as part of their “Galactic ...
As the size of transistors begin to approach theoretical minimums and Moore’s law starts to fade away, improving how well semiconductors perform is paramount to increasing the power of our electronics. Now a team of researchers led by Rutgers University has discovered a new method to increase semiconductor performance in a most novel way.   As a refresher, a semiconductor is a material that conducts electricity whos conductivity can be adjusted based on external stimuli such as temp ...
About two decades ago, researchers at Linköping University developed a method to print circuits using a printing press, and now, seventeen years later, they continue to make major advancements in this field. In a recently published study, researchers at Linköping University and RISE, Campus Norrköping, have demonstrated that screen printing organic electrochemical transistors is possible by successfully printing more than 100 of them on a plastic substrate no bigger than an A4 she ...
The engineers discovered a way to tune and control quantum bits in today’s electronics, which could make it easier to produce quantum electronics. (Image credit: University of Chicago)   Engineers from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have discovered a method that allows quantum states to be integrated and controlled with the electronics we use daily, including smartphones and laptops. The breakthrough brings the possibility of creating quant ...
I'm evaluating the Renesas RX65N MCU EV Kit. In this post,  a mechanism to reserve memory for the LCD module frame buffer with the GCC toolchain   LCD Frame Buffer The Renesas library for LCD, r_glcdc_rx, supports two frame buffers. These are memory areas where you can draw your graphics, then activate the refresh of the LCD from that buffer. There's no specific requirement from the library where the buffers should reside in RAM. You just need to know what address it's located. An ...
Launched in October, the i.MX RT1010 crossover MCU further expands NXP’s popular i.MX RT series and introduces the world to the next generation of low-cost, high-performance MCUs.     With features such as Flex PWM for motor control, S/PDIF for audio, and a FlexIO module for things like graphic LCDs, it is easy to see the breadth of products and use cases that could benefit from such a general purpose, feature-rich MCU (read the i.MX RT1010 blog series here for even more ideas ...
Preface: It seems that it's not possible to use the debug USB port as debugger and serial port at the same time.   I'm evaluating the Renesas RX65N MCU EV Kit. In this post: Serial communication - UART - SCI.   The RX family has 12 serial peripherals. Luxury. And the RX65N supports all of them.   * CH#  110 111 113 130 210 230 231 23T 24T 24U 63N 631 64M 71M 65N * ---  --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- * CH0     ...
I'm evaluating the Renesas RX65N MCU EV Kit. In this post: A Direct Memory Access example. source: application  note R01AN2063EJ0220 DMAC Module Using Firmware Integration Technology     The Example - DMA and ADC  The Renesas DMA example is something you can use in the real world: One of the ADC pins is sampled 32 times and the data is put into RAM by the DMA controller, without loading the microcontroller. When all data is available and transferred, the firmware logs ...
I'm evaluating the Renesas RX65N MCU EV Kit. In this post: A Blinky, with the FreeRTOS managing the clock.   Create the Project  As usual, use Blog #1 to create the project. The only extra action is to select FreeRTOS while going through the project creation steps: First, let's add an RTOS task that will blink the LED. In the Smart Configurator, select the correct board, then go to Components. Select FreeRTOS_Object, and in the Task tab, push the   button. Enter In a ...
I'm evaluating the Renesas RX65N MCU EV Kit. In this post,  I'm reviewing the SHA options. source: Renesas SHA package documentation   SHA Hardware Accelerated vs Software  The RX family has models that come with a hardware accelerator for encryption. These devices will offload many of the manipulations of the data encryption and decryption source: e14 road test home page   In particular when you're using the device in secure communication (e.g. with AWS) this modu ...

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