With a cool active current of 200 µA/MIPS and standby current well under 1 µA, the MSP430F20xx microcontroller is said to be the world's lowest power MCUs. The device's 14-pin, 4 × 4-mm footprint, combined with its low standby current, benefits space-constrained applications, such as fire and motion detectors. Ultra-low power operation extends battery life, reportedly to levels not previously possible in intelligent sensing applications, including motion detectors, thermostats and RF asset tracking systems.
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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.