The PMAC2-PC/104 from Delta Tau uses a high level of integration to achieve this small form factor. The main board has only three main components — the Motorola DSP CPU with embedded RAM, a servo ASIC and flash memory for program backup.
As a series of boards in the PC/104 form factor, this controller can be installed in a PC/104 stack or act as a stand-alone controller with serial communications, including RS-232, USB, or Ethernet. Because it uses standard PMAC2 firmware, it has all of the software capabilities of any PMAC2 controller.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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