In this article, Ross will discuss a new category of electronic hybrid controller that combines the most useful attributes of Microcontroller Units (MCUs) and Digital Signal Processors (DSPs). This new category of product is particularly well suited for use in electro-mechanical systems that require high-end computational functionality as well as the ability to control actuators, such as motors, in real time. Ross will also discuss automotive braking and steering systems, as they are good examples of applications that implement this new technology.

Reprinted with permission from Embedded Computing Design/Winter 2003. Article © OpenSystems Publishing.