Here's another entry in the workstation sweepstakes. Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the Pentium II Xeon(TM), a line of processors for midrange and higher server and workstation applications. The 440GX-workstation chipset supports a front-side bus speed of 100 MHz, has an AGP port for graphics, and can support 2 Gbytes of memory. The dual 400-MHz Pentium II processor with 256 Mbytes RAM is built with a thermocoupler diode so OEMs can monitor core temperature. With this new architecture "Intel is bringing dual processing capabilities at affordable prices to the workstation market segment," says Raghu Murthi, director of product marketing, workstation product division, Intel. The price is $8,000. The dual Pentium II Xeon processor workstations will allow developers to do real-time configuration changes and rendering on one platform. The developer can continue designing on one processor while the second does the rendering as it is developed. It is also fast. "Applications will run 10 to 20% faster than the Pentium II processor workstations," Murthi continues. "Ours is the fastest processor on the market today, bar none." Workstations with the Xeon processor are ready for shipment. FAX: (253) 371-7129.
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.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.