Adding to the MCU discussion from earlier.. RE: MPU, Freescale is finding great success in it's i.MX product line as well - our multimedia processors. These are being used in various applications such as:
i.MX27/28 - Home Health Hubs
i.MX51/53/6X - Multiparameter patient monitors, EKG/ECG, Infusion Pump and Ultrasound
The i.MX product family (similar to that of Kinetis MCU) has some significant benefits in cost/performance - as well as Security features that make it a winner. Google i.MX and Trust Architecture.
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.