Technology Brief on 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 Technology Brief, 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.

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