PICmicro(TM) 8-bit RISC-based microcontrollers are for high-volume embedded control applications in the automotive, office automation, communications, and industrial markets. Embedded Control Handbook is a reference tool for engineers using the PICmicro, secure data products, and serial EEPROMs. Handbook provides current application notes, technical briefs, and reference designs.
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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.