Hi Fred, I miss past two days of lectures and you may have already cover this. Is there a recommanded dev kit to test or play around? Thanks.
@THasham: The Microchip Explorer boards are the most universal. You can plug just about anything into them. Microchip makes a bunch of pluggable PICtails that contain various peripherals. The micros are also pluggable.
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.