M-Systems FlashDisc (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-548). The decline of floppy diskettes and broad acceptance of USB Flash drives led M-System's engineers to define a new Flash-based storage category. FlashDisc's 16 to 32 megabytes of Flash memory translates into 15 to 30 min of music, 40 to 80 photos, 10 to 20 presentations, or 400 to 800 documents. To meet the cost target for a diskette replacement, the unit has a USB connector made of plastic, rather than metal. The Flash memory is similar to that used in USB Flash drives and memory cards, ensuring tens of thousands of read and save operations.
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.