Whether microcontrollers are being embedded into new applications that demand ease of use or in mature environments where performance increases are needed, design engineers are looking for more memory.
The ability to squeeze greater amounts of Flash on a controller is bringing significant benefits, letting developers shrink products or offer more features and functions. “More demanding requirements like advanced user interfaces and real-time operation are being addressed by expanded memory capabilities,” says Mark Buccini, marketing director, Advanced Embedded Controls at TI. When powerful processors are augmented by large amounts of memory and popular peripherals, system design becomes much simpler.
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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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.