Robert M. Dickson, an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Georgia Tech, says that silver could increase the amount of storage in optical devices. "One could potentially store more than 1 bit/data point by using color to store the information," says Dickson. For example, red and green mix to make yellow in computer displays for producing different shades of yellow. Dickson showed that clusters of silver atoms produced fluorescent emissions. Using the correct distribution of particle sizes, the multi-color emissions allow storage of more than one bit in each data point. "The different shades could be used to store more information per point. The storage density would then be related to the number of distinguishable colors," he says. He successfully demonstrated binary optical storage with the new system by writing and reading images recorded on thin films made of silver oxide. For more information, contact Dickson at (404) 894-4007.
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.