This single-board PC is made for communications and networking applications, offering flexible input/output configurations, and a versatile, rugged setup. It works with Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.'s PowerQUICC III family of processors, and allows onboard configuration of application-specific I/O through a Cyclone field programmable gate array from Altera. The MPC8540 CPU is made for communication and telecommunication applications, and runs on between 7 and 8 W of power, between -40 and 85C. It has up to 4Gbytes of EEC DDR SDRAM memory and at least 1Gbyte of NAND Flash memory. It can use CompactFlash or an RS232 port, and also has two Gigabit Ethernet and one Fast Ethernet ports, an IDE peripheral connector, and another serial channel through an SA-Adapter.
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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.