Embedded Systems, Edge Computing
Sometimes it's fun to imagine what the world might have been like if John von Neumann had a room full of Crays or if Galileo had the Hubble telescope. On a somewhat smaller scale I wonder what my own career might have been like if I'd had something besides machine code back in the days of designing embedded control systems for microwave ovens, simple RTUs, and steam-driven chiller packages.
It's not often you see the price leader in a market snare the role of technology leader. Yet this is the case with PLCDirect's (Cumming, Ga.) introduction of two new control platforms for the Microsoft Windows CE operating system (OS).The WinPLC and RuntimePC combine PC-based control software, Ethernet ports, PLC I/O, and flat-panel display hardware with Windows CE.
Integrated technology that is "system-wide" was a common theme echoing through the exhibits of many diverse companies during NMW.Baldor Electric (Fort Smith, Ark.) displayed solutions from software to 800-hp vector drives. Its brand new technology—direct drive linear motion via its acquisition of Northern Magnetics Inc.
Embedded systems are popping up in so many products and industries that even developers are struggling to keep up with the field's fast-multiplying implementations.To help engineers stay on top of these changes, the Embedded Systems Conference, March 31 to April 2 at Chicago's Navy Pier, introduced many new products for the control industry.
Voyager SDK, a software toolkit for building Internet access into TV set-top boxes and other embedded systems, won the prestigious "Prix Fournisseur RTS" on Jan. 16 here at the Real-Time Systems Exhibition (RTS). Developed by QNX Software Systems Ltd. Inc. (QSSL), Voyager SDK competed against products from many other companies including Motorola, Integrated Systems, an...
GroupIPC, an association of 40 Industry Pack (IP) and PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) makers, distributors, and end-users seeking to increase awareness of mezzanine modules, is holding a joint pavilion and tutorials from Feb. 18-20 at Embedded Systems '98 in Sindelfingen, Germany.
Westbury, N.Y.— LPTek's new line of computer boards is specifically designed for data acquisition, control, and measurement through the parallel port. All boards can be embedded in the user's system, or they can come packaged in the TMC port. In embedded systems, the LPTek data bus permits configuration of add-on cards as a mezzanine bus, so up to 16 boards in any combination can be stan...