Analog Devices' AD7142 programmable 16-bit capacitance-to-digital converter is able to adjust to rapidly changing climatic conditions, making it a candidate for touch sensing in mobile devices, such as cellular handsets, MP3 players and digital cameras. The device's power consumption is said to be 50 percent less than that of competitors, thus making it less of a current draw in battery-powered applications. For more information go to AD7142.
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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.