Texas Instruments is gunning for the traditional microcontroller market with its new 100-MIPS TMS320C2700 DSP architecture. The goal: to make microcontrollers obsolete for real-time embedded applications. The idea is that the DSP's combination of signal processing and control functions will let designers replace two processors with one or upgrade a microcontroller-based system to DSP performance while eliminating such supporting functions as sensors and ASICs and writing real-time application software in a high-level language. Texas Instruments: Product Code 4278
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.