Smart electronics systems play a role in our everyday life that is progressively getting more important. Nowadays smart systems are becoming a part of our life, making it possible to realize functions that can effectively reduce our level of stress by performing automatically some actions that commonly we have to perform in our daily routine: the final result will be the improvement of our life. In the Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 1, Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our Lives, Part 2 and Smart Life: The Intelligence of Electronics Improving Our lives, Part 3 of this blog series I described the first three points of the list below:
- SMART SENSING
- SMART LIGHTING
- SMART MOTOR CONTROL
- SMART BRAIN
- SMART POWER
Let’s deal now some examples of new electronic products that have been presented by the STMicroelectronics Company at the i-Sedex 2014 edition in Seoul, Korea, that can be classified as a part of the smart brain sector.
The smart brain is a technology whose basic idea is the presence of an integrated smart brain as the core of the system, like one of the ICs belonging to the STM32 microcontroller family that processes and communicates the data (see Figure1), coming from integrated sensors and which is able to take actions based of the sensors’ feedback signals:
The Smart Brain zone will highlight ST’s newest and most powerful STM32 microcontroller series, STM32 F7, including a benchmark demonstration showing the performance between the STM32 F4 and F7 devices. A dedicated section at the booth will showcase easy code generation using the STM32 CubeMX software platform, introduced earlier this year, that makes designing with STM32 microcontrollers easier, faster, and more accessible. Visitors can also play Anki Drive racing game, in which miniature cars powered by the STM32F0 microcontrollers efficiently process the data transmitted on the track and respond in real time. (Source: STMicroelectronics web press)
The Anki Drive racing game is an interesting example of the potential of the smart brain technology as reported in the interesting video related to the presentation of STMicroelectronics at the Embedded World Show in 2014 (see Figure.2)
Another huge example of the smart brain approach is the TrueNorth chip series created by the IBM Company to imitate a human brain by means of a chip board (see Figure 3)
In the next part of this blog series I describe the application of the smart brain approach to some innovative projects that have been presented at the Saie Smart City Exhibition 2014.
What is your experience with microcontrollers as the brain of a smart system on chip? Have you ever used a microcontroller to add intelligence to your projects?