The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the most ambitious races there is, testing the endurance of drivers and their machines. Mega-Line Racing Electronic GmbH, which is providing the absolute magnetic shaft encoder in the Audi R10's transmission, has turned to solid-state sensors to improve lifetimes. Mega employs austriamicrosystems' AS5243 redundant magnetic angular position sensor, using it to measure the absolute position of the barrel shaft in the gearbox. That optimizes the whole gear change sequence. The compact 7 mm sq Hall Effect sensor is contactless, so there's no wear, improving reliability.
In an age of globalization and rapid changes through scientific progress, two of our societies' (and economies') main concerns are to satisfy the needs and wishes of the individual and to save precious resources. Cloud computing caters to both of these.
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.