IBM (www.ibm.com) executives have gone through many pens in recent weeks. Joint agreements with Chartered Semiconductor (www.charteredsemi.com) and Infineon Technologies (www.infineon.com) will let the three companies work together to make parts with 65-nm size features. Development will be done in the IBM facility in East Fishkill, NY. Under a separate pact with Raytheon (www.raytheon.com), the two will jointly develop custom ICs for the defense and aerospace markets under a deal that could be worth $100 million to IBM over five years.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.