Synergetix, the creator of the do-it-yourself design tool SocketBuilder.com, has announced its version 2.0. The new version of SocketBuilder will expand the site's offering of automated design for QFN packages and Area Array packages and will enable customers to design floating nest test sockets for BGA devices. Another upgrade includes a customer probe override for heavier users who want to control their own spring probe choices. Visit www.socketbuilder.com to see the site or www.synergetix.com for more information on the upgrades.
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.