Control Engineering unveils Embedded Control channel


Oak Brook, Ill. — Move over "PC-based Control," welcome "Embedded Control." As the control and automation market continues to evolve, technologies developed and honed by PC-based control suppliers are finding their way into a diverse range of platforms sometimes far from the "white box" PC envisioned by pioneers. These platforms are referred to as "embedded." Control Engineering has expanded its coverage of this area over the past three years and has decided to rename the PC-based Control channel to Embedded Control to acknowledge this expanded coverage. Senior editor, Gary Mintchell, will continue to cover this channel.

PC-based control is not dead, in fact, it continues to have significant impact on the control technology options available. PLC manufacturers have both incorporated PC technologies into PLCs and offer PC-based control products. True, the number of independent control software suppliers is dwindling, but the legacy is intact. It has become virtually impossible for suppliers to go to market without some open technologies pioneered by the PC-based control champions.

It's just that the "PC" in "PC-based control" isn't just a common desktop PC, or even just an industrial PC. The hardware platform may be PC, but just as easily it could be Compact PCI, VME, PC/104, or custom single board computer. Windows NT/2000 is still viable as the software platform with or without real-time extensions, but even Microsoft has entered the embedded space with Windows CE and Embedded NT. Open control systems can also have traditional real-time operating systems as a platform like VxWorks, QNX, OSE, and others. OEMs have increasingly embraced these technologies to provide custom solutions within an open architecture framework.

Control Engineering Online's channels provide readers an opportunity to find information related to their particular interests. Watch as these channels continue to evolve as technologies and applications change and adapt to new realities.

Control Engineering welcomes your comments and feedback. Send your thoughts, experiences, or comments to .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me