Sun Microsystems claims its SPARC-based Sun Blade workstations are getting faster with up to a 40-percent increase in performance. The company says the workstations are more advanced than the previous generation of Sun Blades, providing double the memory and increased storage capacity. In addition, Sun announced various pricing promotions. One to note is that customers purchasing a new UltraSPARC-based Sun Blade 1500 or 2500 Workstation can pay only $1.00 extra to receive with it a SunPCi™ IIIproc card, which enables users to run Windows or Linux natively within the Solaris OS. And, customers can upgrade Xeon-based workstations and get $600 off the price of a new AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Java Workstation W1100z or W2100z.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.