The VersaMax™ Nano Controller from GE Fanuc Automation, http://gefanuc.com/products/controllers,
targets high-volume applications with cost, space, and fast-processing-speed
constraints. "Its $180 list price makes it a more flexible option for engineers
designing counter-, timer-, and relay-based control systems," says Product
Manager Bill Black. With only 10 I/O points, Nano targets applications that need
powerful control, but not high I/O counts. The compact (75- x 80- x 47-mm) PLC
includes 2K words of memory, PID, floating-point math, subroutines, and serial
read/write commands. It supports up to two high-speed counters (10 kHz) and has
three PWM/pulse train outputs (5 kHz). Standard RS-232 communication can be used
for SNP Slave, Modbus RTU Slave, or Serial In/Out commands. Plus, the new
VersaMax SE Module connects Micro and Nano controllers to Ethernet so users can
solicit and send information, upload/download programs, and monitor and control
devices over Ethernet.
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Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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