Sun Microsystems (San Jose, CA) isn't going to be left behind. The company developed a four-way embedded SPARC(TM) multiprocessor board, the Ultra AXmp, using Sun's new Computer Core Technology (CCT). CCT combines core system ASICs, memory, and SPARC CPUs in a modular package. "This is the first time this building-block approach has ever been done," says Sun's Jeff Veis. With a modular approach, people can pick any flavor of I/O they want and design accordingly. "CCT allows designers to get back in the game," he says. By partitioning the core components of Sun's four-way architecture in a dense and modular package, the company can offer three times the computer density or one-third the size of an average office system, while increasing the integration flexibility for the embedded market. The Ultra AXmp can be deployed in an industrial, rack-mount chassis in either a horizontal or vertical orientation. The board, specifically targeted for telecommunications and networking OEMs, will be available in the second half of 1998. Embedded configurations start at $7,500 in volume quantities. FAX: (408) 544-0180.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.