SGS-Thomson has launched a family of 8-bit microcontrollers based on an architecture that up to now had been used only internally to produce application-specific devices for PC monitors, remote controls, CD players, and car radios. The new ST72 core can run at double speed, comes in one-time-programmable versions, and offers low-voltage detection and high electrical noise immunity. On-chip memory ranges from 128 to 1,024 bytes of RAM and 4 kbytes of program memory to 32 kbytes or ROM/EPROM and 256 bytes of EEPROM. Peripherals include 8-bit multichannel DAC, SPI, I2C, USB, and CAN interfaces; a programmable watchdog timer, and one or two 16-bit timers. Applications include washing machines, food processors, power tools, and alarms. SGS-Thomson Microelectronics: Product Code 4276
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.