The market research firm of Strategy Analytics estimates that 50% of new cars worldwide in 2006 are expected to include driver information systems. Enabling cars with e-mail, navigation, music, and video games is a new alliance of companies that formed around Motorola's open mobileGT architecture. Other companies in the alliance are IBM, QNX Software Systems, and eNGENUITY Technologies Inc. "Motorola has implemented a dedicated driver information system and roadmap of products for future development," says Jim Farrell, an electrical engineer and marketing manager at Motorola. He adds that Motorola introduced a new MGT5100 processor October 1 at this year's ITS world Congress in Sydney, Australia. "The mobile GT architecture and the MGT5100 processors will allow auto manufacturers to serve the new driver information market with new systems designs quickly," says Farrell. The alliance's first customer is Hyundai Autonet Co. More information about Motorola's embedded processors and semiconductor products for automotive applications is available at www.motorola.com/semiconductors, or fax Farrell at (512) 891-0318.
PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.