Crossbow Technology announced the DMU-VGX, said to be the industry's first high-speed, solid-state true vertical gyro with performance needed in applications such as camera stabilization. Secret? It couples a MEMS sensor with a high-speed DSP ...Endevco unveiled its caps model 256, a low-cost accelerometer targeted at small structural applications. Measuring 0.44 x 0.375 x 0.380 inch high, it weighs just 3.2 gm, minimizing mass loading effects ...CSEM (Centre Swisse d'Electronique et de Microtech-nique) introduced the MS 6100 Series low-power calibrated accelero-meter. The tiny MEMS device is matched to an ASIC for signal conditioning and EEPROM to hold calibration data. It draws 170 (mu)A and is aimed at portable applications ..VTI Hamlin also unveiled its unique new silicon inclinometer for rugged applications.
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.