I've recently written about some devices that we might consider in the class of integrated analog. Now let's take a more general look at integrated analog as it pertains to the design of factory automation equipment.
Why? Well ask anyone who runs a factory and they'll tell you their biggest expense will be power and one way to lower power is to increase the level of monitoring and control over factory equipment, to, for example, enable better control of motors and their loads to reduce annual power consumption. All this requires better sensing and control circuitry and the more you can get the core functions integrated, the better off you and your customer may be.
Sound like a great opportunity for fuzzy logic. Rather than becoming buried in the details, known input parameters could be compared with expected output parameters. Components or devices could be scored as premium, passing, marginal, or failing.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.