The higher performance integrated circuits (ICs) that run software are a critical portion of today's advance motion control systems — a portion that requires at least brief mention in this Trend Watch. Two product trends that bring the importance of ICs into proper perceptive involve motion control ICs and machine vision systems for IC manufacturing.
For many high-performance motion control systems, the control starts with a digital signal controller (DSC). Optimized for industrial applications that include servo motor control, Texas Instruments' TMS320F28044 and F2809 deliver 100 million instructions per sec (MIPS) and 150 psec PWM resolution. The trend of increasingly higher performance is a mainstay of digital ICs.
Machine Visions for IC Manufacturing
The symbiotic relationship between high-performance semiconductors and motion control requires that neither can advance without improvements in the other. With increasingly smaller geometries in the wafer fabrication (fab) process, precise motion control is essential. Batch processed wafers are constantly monitored for process control during assembly. “As our fab customers continue the move towards fully automated wafer traceability, new semiconductor processes and materials present new wafer ID challenges,” says Marilyn Matz, senior vice president, semiconductor and electronics, Cognex Corp.
Cognex In-sight 1720, 1721 and 1722 machine vision systems offer three options for automated wafer identification. The newest 1720 model provides optical character recognition (OCR) and barcode reading in a stand-alone package with a 752 × 480-pixel CMOS sensor. These vision systems are just a small part of the motion control improvements.
Cognex In-sight 1720, 1721 and 1722 machine vision systems provide automated wafer indentification for manufacturing high-performance semiconductors.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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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.