The DMC-1700 Series of ISA Bus motion control cards provide from one to eight axes of motion control on a single card. Each card allows any combination of axes uing step motors, servomotors, and hydraulics, with each axis configurable for optimum flexibility. Two communications channels include: a high-speed FIFO for sending and receiving commands, and a DMA channel that places a record directly into PC memory and provides instant access to status and parameters. A 2 Mbyte Flash EEPROM is included to provide non-volatile memory for storing applications programs, parameters, arrays, and firmware.
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Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.