Welcome to Analog University (www.analogu.national.com), the industry's first online educational resource for analog semiconductor technologies, introduced by National Semiconductor Corp. The free online tool offers technical information and training for novice and experienced design engineers alike in the following fields: audio, amplifiers, displays, data conversion, power management, thermal management, wireless, and low voltage differential signaling (LVDS).
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.