Fujitsu's next-generation version of its ImageSite(TM) flat-panel plasma display offers a new high-contrast screen. The screen improves contrast by a factor of six to let the new display deliver clearer, brighter pictures with quality comparable to that of conventional CRT technology, say company officials. Other improvements include: twice the brightness of the previous model, quieter operation, improved SVGA compatibility, white balance adjustment, and better image quality from such new source materials as DVD and other broadcast video formats. The 42-inch-diagonal monitor costs $10,999--20% less than its predecessor. Fujitsu Micro-electronics: Product Code 4203
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.