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.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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