This 6.4-inch panel-mount LCD computer is made for factory automation, facility monitoring, machine automation and environmental monitoring. It has a 3.5-inch embedded board that uses a VIA Eden 667-MHz processor. It has up to 512 Mbytes of memory capacity in its 144-pin SO-DIMM socket. It has video support with a built-in VGA controller and 32 Mbytes of shared display memory. A Realtek 8139 C PCI PnP Base-T Ethernet controller handles local area networking, and there is an optional PCMCIA for wireless applications. It has a 4-wire resistive touch screen, three RS-232 ports, an onboard CompactFlash Type-1 socket, an optional 2.5-inch hard disk drive and a 16-bit PC/104 extension connector. They start at $1,000 for North American sales, and are available for immediate delivery.
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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.