Austriamicrosystems (www.austriamicrosystems.com) has introduced its 50V CMOS high voltage (HV) process, a fully modular proprietary extension of the 0.35 µm CMOS technology that enables high performance/high current applications. The new purely CMOS-based HV process is achieved with 17 to 19 masks, compared with 23 to 25 in conventional processes, and allows optimum re-use of low-voltage CMOS IP.
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.