1999 Projects: New in-situ Instruments
Low-power, high-performance instrument controller
Project lead/manager: Wayne
Technological constraints have limited microprocessors to providing either low functionality, with low power requirements, or high-power performance at the expense of power consumption. Recent advances in semiconductors offer 200 times the performance of existing low-power microprocessors, yet consume even less energy than those currently used. This project will exploit the new technology to build a microprocessor-based controller with significant advantages over MBARIs existing designs. Industry standards for form factor, bus protocol, and software will be followed to ensure that the new controller will be adaptable to use with future oceanographic instruments and vehicles. Likely applications for the new controller in the near term will be the MBARI seismic data-loggers, the Aquatic Autosampler, and the AUVs.
Last updated: 07 October 2004