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Editor’s Choice: Instant embedded control

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PowerCores (distributed by Dominion ) are powered by 8-bit Rabbit microprocessors with integrated features and a C-friendly instruction set designed for use with the Dynamic C development system. The PowerCore mounts on a user-designed motherboard and acts as the controlling microprocessor for the user’s system. The devices are designed to reduce the effort required to build embedded control applications. They come with with 1 MByte Flash, 1 MByte SRAM and 1 MByte Serial Flash as well as 5 serial ports, 39 I/O, real-time clock and Ethernet. On-board analogue features include a ramp generator that, coupled with inexpensive comparators and the pulse capture capabilities of the Rabbit 3000 microprocessor, allows measurement of analogue voltages for applications such as temperature measurement using the on-board thermistor.

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