Integrating embedded PC and Internet technologies for real-time control and imaging

Xin Feng, Steven A. Velinsky, Daehie Hong

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The use of embedded personal computing (PC) technology allows desktop computer applications to evolve into the real-time control world. Such systems will be compact, reliable and low in cost. However, the mainstream PC platforms such as Windows NT have shortcomings concerning their real-time capabilities. The integration of embedded PC and Internet technologies make distributed real-time control a reality and eliminate the limitations of PC operating systems (OS). This paper discusses the general hardware, OS and software development tools for distributed, Internet-enabled, PC-based embedded control systems. A specific application of the approach is discussed, the development of a long-reach manipulator system for highway maintenance operations, which verifies the approach and illustrates its potential applicability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Mar

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received November 17, 2000; revised December 18, 2000. Recommended by Technical Editor B. Ravani. This work was supported by the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology (AHMCT) Research Center at the University of California, Davis. X. Feng and S. A. Velinsky are with the University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616 USA (e-mail: D. Hong is with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Korea University, Seoul 136-701, Korea (e-mail: Publisher Item Identifier S 1083-4435(02)02103-8.


  • Embedded System
  • Imaging
  • Internet
  • Personal computer
  • Real-time control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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