One of the key benefits of getting to reuse code on custom hardware (ASICs) is for firmware and hardware engineers to work together to avoid arbitrary hardware changes (moving bits in registers, adding new asimilar bits within registers, moving registers for no good reason, etc). Firmware should have some influence with the hardware teams for quick turn-on. (skurdal)
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.