Note about 8051 vs. Z80 vs. X86 - I designed an 8051 project in the early 80's and when time came to buy for production not a one could be purchased for love or money. A little company called IBM had designed 'em into thier new keyboard for a product that was yet to be announced - the IBM PC - and had quietly bought 'em all. I ended up doing an emergency redesign with the Z80 for the project I was working on. THe 8051 is not compatible with the 8080/Z80 and I had to rewrite the code from scratch. Neither is directly compatibe with the x86 family although there were lots of effort expended for code migration from CP/M to MSDOS. I was involved with a few projects to do exactly that migration.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.