Very interesting slide show. I have a Kindle Fire and definitely enjoy the package. I have about 40 or so books downloaded. The first week I had the device I dropped it down a flight of steps. My first impression was I'm in trouble here and a great Christmas present was trashed. To my surprise, there was no real damage at all and certainly none to the operation of the unit. Very fortunate here. I am amazed at the compact nature of these devices. Excellent effort in engineering.
It was an interesting teardown and the chip numbers help to understand the complexity a bit. I do wonder about the cable that was dispensed with early in the process, what did it do and how was it connected, and I also wonder if thisunit was ever returned to functionality. That would be an accomplishment to brag about. And it is much more fun to see a tear down with somebody else's device, not one that I paid for.
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.