We currently use Freescale for thier ColdFire product. We are currently looking on going to an ARM product in the near future. When we do this, we will look at other vendors ARMs as well to see what they offer. In general we look for several things in a vendor - 1) are they on our Preffered Parts Vendor list. 2) How well they support their product (do they keep use tuned to new and better products coming down the pike) 3) Do they good development tools. and 4) how much can they help us out when we get into trouble if we run into snaggs during devlopment.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.