Increasingly, TV is being augmented by entertainment pulled from the Internet and other media sources. Internet Media Tablets from Archos let consumers explore and navigate the Internet, then switch to TV or other media, displaying all video on a high-resolution 5-inch screen. The tablets have 60 to 250 Gbytes of memory and both Wi-Fi and 3.5G-ready cellular links. The Archos 5 and its larger Archos 7 both employ Texas Instruments' OMAP 3 processor. This chip includes a 600 MHz superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 processor and TI's video digital signal processor. Battery life ranges up to seven hours for video and 22 hours for audio playback.
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.