Changes in the direction and tone of computational research 'over the past eight years have been at least partially driven by the economics and success of optical lithography-produced microprocessors
. The continuing adherence to Moore's Law by the designers at Intel and other leading processor fabricators has changed the way other researchers view future computing needs.
Now, in this last wave of restructuring of things, we've gone to where we've taken some of the control processors and redistributed that back to the process area, and I think a lot of the functionality that we had to have in those PLCs is going to migrate back down to the instruments themselves with the microprocessors
. The DCS itself is going to take on more of an information management and modeling structure, where information is going to come up from the smart sensors and the DCS is going to be running artificial intelligence programs and modeling to help the customer get the best optimization of his process."
He fully expects microprocessor
speeds to approach one gigahertz by the year 2000, nearly quadruple the speed of today's fastest PCs.
Not only are microprocessors
improving in calculating speed, they are improving in multimedia capabilities.
In addition to a commitment to the PowerPC Architecture, the alliance also calls for the development of a family of single-chip PowerPC microprocessor
These experiments are: (1) design of electronic circuitry using transistors, diodes, and logic gates; (2) machine-level programming and burning EPROMs for development of board-level microcontrollers; (3) serial communication between two microprocessors
and between a microprocessor
and external devices; (4) interrupt programming with application to frequency counting; and (5) design and construction of analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters.
That, to me, is the startling conclusion we draw from what we have learned about the advantages of the microprocessor
can keep track of a unit's starts and run times and advise when maintenance or new components are required.
In addition to this facility AMD also operates microprocessor
design centres in Sunnyvale, California ; Austin, Texas; Boxborough, Minnesota; Bangalore, India; and Dresden, Germany.
Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), a leader in efficient computing, today announced that the company's Crusoe microprocessor
has been selected by TECO Electric and Machinery Co., Ltd.
Instead, these fixtures are wired directly to the branch circuit, and the microprocessor
controls each fixture.
Now the hardware, mostly 32-bit Intel microprocessors
, has to catch up to the 64-bit Unix performance on reduced instruction set computing (RISC) microprocessors