XM Radio becomes even more portable with Delphi Corp.’s Premium Sound System, which transmits Satellite Radio sound transmitted seamlessly through the Delphi SKYFi3, Roady XT, MyFi and Audiovox Xpress XM receivers. The MaxxBass DSP chip from Waves Audio Ltd., an Israeli DSP provider, helps provide large-system sound, providing bass enhancement for high sound quality even at low volumes with small speakers. The PSS includes an integrated XM antenna and handle. In addition to the various XM receivers, the $179 unit can be linked to MP3 players, providing even more versatility.
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.