Real-time processing that can handle higher volumes of data has become critical in industrial-control design. From complete factories down to the individual electromechanical device, real-time data acquisition is critical to the control and feedback that lie at the heart of automation. While advanced VLSI technology offers ever higher performance, it is also enabling increasingly sophisticated control options, which in turn are cranking out higher volumes of data. The data acquisition hardware has to do more and do it faster, within a smaller package. Read the article on Embedded.com.