Suppliers continue their quest to provide new wireless products
to support the standards they support. ZigBee provides a good example
of recent progress. ZigBee wireless sensing addresses automatic meter
reading applications, home, building and industrial automation.
Recently, the ZigBee Alliance announced the public availability of its
ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile. In May, the Alliance
certified 19 ZigBee Smart Energy products. One example is Ember's Smart Energy Suite. A
collection of embedded software, tools and silicon to simplify the
delivery of devices certified to ZigBee Alliance's Smart Energy (SE)
Profile, the Smart Energy Suite a complete Smart Energy Profile
reference application, other application-appropriate software and uses
Ember's EM250 system-on-chip and the EM260 network co-processor.
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.