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Embedded Systems, Edge Computing

Embedded Systems, Edge Computing October 1, 1999

Pouring Thought into the Process

Designing to incorporate distributed intelligence has advantages, but can include challenges outside the realm of traditional thinking. The world over, thousands of automation and controls manufacturers have poured a lot of thought into where intelligence should reside in automation and control system design.

By Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing September 1, 1999

Interkama ’99 Resumes Its Lead Role for Process Automation

A technological "Watch on the Rhine" of giant proportions will be staged in Düsseldorf in mid-October, when 80,000 worldwide visitors are expected to partake of the latest offerings of 1,500 exhibitors and two extensive conferences at "the world's number one international trade fair for measurement and automation technology.

By Frank J. Bartos, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing June 1, 1999

Vision Systems See New Technology Bring Lower Prices

Want to banish the "magic" from machine vision integration and pay less? Machine vision systems today reflect commercial microprocessor advancements as well as software enhancements to make systems easier, more powerful, and less expensive. The power of Intel's Pentium microprocessor with MMX (multi-media capability) has allowed many suppliers to leverage commercial technology that is les...

By Gary A. Mintchell, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing May 1, 1999

Starter kit for embedded PC control

Cumming, Ga.— AUTOMATIONdirect.com has introduced the WinPLC starter kit, featuring Think & Do software release 5.0 and the WinPLC embedded PC control hardware platform. According to the company, the Think & Do software release 5.0 is the first PC control package to support the Windows CE operating system, as well as Microsoft Windows NT.

By Staff
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing May 1, 1999

Xycom Automation bundling software, hardware

To help users avoid Christmas-like "some assembly required" hassles when buying PC controls, Xycom Automation (Saline, Mich.) is bundling soft-logic control with traditional PC hardware. In a discussion with Control Engineering at National Manufacturing Week, Tom Gross, Xycom Automation's ceo, says the remade firm will deliver control products tested to work together, ...

By Gary Mintchell
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing May 1, 1999

Window CE Moves From Pocket to Control

Serious consideration of Microsoft Windows CE as an operating system for industrial applications began slightly over a year ago. First referenced in January 1997 Control Engineering, most mentions since have occurred in the last six months. In a short period of time, this real-time operating system (RTOS) has managed to focus attention on the little-known embedded RTOS market and has domi...

By Gary A. Mintchell, Control Engineering
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing April 1, 1999

National Industrial Automation Show and National Manufacturing Week highlights

Chicago, Ill. — National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS), part of National Manufacturing Week (NMW), March 15-18, included the following announcements: Industrial Ethernet association forms In an effort to clear confusion surrounding use of Ethernet in industrial applications, Mike Justice, president of Synergetic Micro Systems (Downers Grove, Ill.) has formed the Industrial Ethernet Association. To start, the user and vendor trade group will use www.industrialethernet.com as a clearinghouse for technical information, including an Ethernet terminology white paper; online discussion forums and published standards also are planned on the website.

By Control Engineering Staff
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing April 1, 1999

5Machine Control Size, Connectivity Drive Hardware Strategies

PLC or PC? If that were the only question facing engineers, then it would be easy. If PC (personal computer) is the choice, then what type of PC? If PLC (programmable logic controller), then should I/O modules be on a backplane or distributed? Add to this the impact of Microsoft Windows CE and Ethernet.

By Gary A. Mintchell, CONTROL ENGINEERING
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing March 1, 1999

Single-chip disk combines flash memory, controller

M-Systems recently launched a tiny single-chip flash disk, MD2200, that combines a controller and high-density flash memory in a single-die, 32-pin DIP package. MD2200 is the first model in M-Systems' DiskOnChip Millennium series. With 8 MB (64 Mbit) performance, an EDC/ECC controller, a small footprint, and low-power consumption, MD2200 can be used in Internet acc...

By Staff
Embedded Systems, Edge Computing February 1, 1999

Windows CE board support package

San Jose, Calif.— Cell Computing Inc. and VenturCom announced the availability of their new Windows CE board support package (BSP) for the Cell CardPC micro-motherboard. It lets embedded system designers design applications using the Microsoft Windows CE operating system and the industry's smallest Intel Pentium motherboard.

By Staff