Green Hills Software, Inc. unveiled a minuscule embedded operating system with a ROM footprint as small as 1,600 bytes. Called µ-velOSity, the new RTOS offers a RAM footprint, as small as 1,600 bytes and service call times as low as 30 cycles. Green Hills' engineers say the new OS supports ARM technology, PowerPC host processors, as well as select Freescale ColdFire embedded controllers. They foresee its use in MP3 players, disk controllers and wireless control applications. Read more about it at http://rbi.ims.ca/ 4924-578.
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.