Motorola has introduced the first part to be based on its new MCORE microRISC architecture. The MMC2001 is a general-purpose ultralow-power microcontroller integrated with standard peripherals and targeted for battery-powered portable applications. It achieves sustained performance of 31 MIPS with an internal clock speed of 33 MHz operating from a 1.8V supply. Instructions are 16 bits and are executed via an internal 32-bit data path. Designers optimized the 2001 for low-cost 16-bit memory, but the external bus can also use 8- or 32-bit devices. First production samples of the chip will be available in the third quarter, but Motorola is already claiming $1.6 billion in total MCORE architecture design wins. Motorola: Product Code 4279
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.