It does seem to be able to respond to a bunch of different control methods, especially with the evaluation board and controls program. So it is a neat little part, indeed.
But I don't even consider components until I know about availability and cost, in that order, since it really does not matter how wonderful a component is if it is not available yet. And if it costs ten times as much as an alternative solution I would need to see some fantastic benefit in order to consider it.
I am quite aware that pricing is sort of flexible, but a price for some reasonable quantity would be all that I need for comparison. And some statement about availability: in stock now, available in six weeks, or, available as soon as we solve the yield problem. I have heard each of these at least once.
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.