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Reader Feedback: R.I.P. PLC?

The PLC May Be On the Verge of Extinction as a Hardware Proposition

By Steve Meyer

Great to see your March 2014 piece on the PLC ("Live Wire," p. 17 ). Quite a statement. This is something I have been saying for some time, although coming from a slightly different context. I got dragged into a silicon start-up specializing in embedded motor control and got exposed to the power and cost of these devices. Five years ago it was possible to make a PLC work on a $6 processor with Ethernet already built into it.

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