Motorola's Embedded Communications Computing Group says that the real advantage of its Avantellis 3000 server is its all-encompassing package. "You get a complete communications server with hardware and software high-availability platforms," notes Fryer of Motorola. The Avantellis 3000 integrates AdvancedTCA hardware and incorporates a MontaVista Carrier Grade Linux operating system. The unit comes with 12 or 14 payload slots in 12U-high shelves, allowing three shelves to fit into a standard 42U rack. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-521.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.