Dedicated universal microcomputer system for the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of characteristics, to adapt the system for a number of applications Stellenbosch developed the need for an intelligent controller for their well-equipped laboratories. The system had to be dedicated only to their mechanical laboratories, but with universal on various experiments. The system had to be: 1. Universal to fit most experiments. 2. Programmable. 3. Fast control system. 4. Dedicated to one experiment at a time. 5. Long control time intervals. 6. Reliable system which can withstand harsh electrical interference. The microprocessor, with its ability to perform a wide variety of different functions and being programmable was the answer. It could be obtained at low cost and coupled via suitable interface circuits to a wide variety of external devices.