Rapid Prototyping: I try to buy eval boards configured as close as possible to my desired config -- with ready to go driver librraries and lots of demos showing as many pieces of the puzzle as possible. I then scour the internet looking for missing pieces andd further examples -- and active user forums.
If possible I download and test eval versions of the IDE/Compiler -- if practical.
Since I try to use C+ or Pascal -- testing is important.
Also -- I need Ethernet TCP/UDP packetizing -- so looking through those implementations is a mus as well.
If I can find the above items, the MCU and board go on the final list -- then I choose.
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.