It seems that whenever I do an electronics story, naperlou, the theme is power. With so many systems moving to smaller footprints and even handheld design, low power is the ever-present design requirement.
Chuck, I have worked with the POWER Architecture versions of this product. The ability to have multiple cores of a standard processor and the QUICC communications engine on one chip is amazing. This is the trend these days, but it is no less amazing. The ARM processor brings low power to the part, as you point out. This can extend its use to battery powered units. That would be something.
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.