The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) has released a special edition of the Fabless Forum, commemorating 10 years of growth and success. The FSA was created to support the ongoing relationship between fables semiconductor companies and suppliers, facilitate productive business partnerships, disseminate relevant data, while creating awareness of the fables business model. This edition includes recent accomplishment and efforts, an overview of a decade of growth and development, and Q&A from leaders in the industry. For more info, go to www.fsa.org.
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.