Essentials of Embedded Machine Control

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Rather than build one's own hardware and develop code from scratch, most control systems designers would prefer a purpose-built platform with configurable software — provided it can get the job done. And when it comes to industrial machine control, today's embedded system designer has at his or her disposal more off-the-shelf options — and more power and flexibility — than ever before. In this Essentials report, the editors of Control Design explore the pros and cons of the range of options available, from classical programmable logic controllers to high-performance automation controllers with field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology.