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Although many ADEPT machines are dedicated, most of their larger computers (desktop and above) operate on a modular concept. Apart from the case, power supply and interactive devices, these computers are distinguihed by their operational busses which connect to the various module ports. The busses can either be linear, co-linear, pipelie co-processing, parrallel or neural net in nature with respect to the way they link to the various modules. Modules are the heart of ADEPT technology, allowing a huge potential for configuration and upgradability. At present ADEPT modules for standard computers are built around 3cm x 10cm x 20cm modules which have a megabit optical data connector and a kilobit electro-conductive connector. Other systems (mainly military) are known to use gigabit optical connectors. These connectors interface with the operational bus of the computer. What module is placed into each module port of a computer dictates the functionality of the computer in question. In general the modules used would be a a processor, memory, storage, controller, and application module. Types of Modules Processor This module contains a set of processors and some minimal memory, and operating system applications for it’s overall functionality. Various specialised processing modules with explicit OS apps for dedicated tasks are often used. Memory This is a modules designed to be used dfor the operation of the computer in storing and handling larger volumes of data for application that cannot be dealt with by the onboard processor module memory. Storage n many ways similar to memory, storage modules rely on slower high capacity memory systems which are designed to retain their information when power to the computer is no longer active. In essence though these modules can be used for memory, but have a slower performance factor. Many older models of memory modules desgined for the commercial sector are marketed as storage units to the consumer sector Controllers These moduels are deisgned with the intention of handling various I/O devices such as screens, speech systems, keyboards, comlinks and the like. Specialised versions exist for such things as remote control systems, scientifc systems, sensors etc. Application Modules These are memory modules that hold a suite of applications (or a fragment of one in some cases). In some cases these modules contain specialised subprocessors to assist the functioning of the application. These are the modules that are most often upgraded as software technology changes and the applications are updated. For performance reasons they are hard coded into such modules with their subprocessors until new solutions are found. Overall Philosophy ADEPT’s approach is about a reasonable amount of flexibility and upgradability in large computer systems, while retaining compatibility with older specialised controller, processing and application modules that are not updated on a regular basis becuase of the lack of progress in the fields they relate to. Thise architecture also lets a small segment of the industry not owned by ADEPT develop new innovations and code them into compatible modules for use in computers. This is particularly tru of many scientific and military solution providors. Most conusmer devices do not function around such moduels since their small size precludes the use of such large modules. Thus the generall are only modular with respect to I/O ports for external devices, networking to larger ADEPT computer frameworks that are modular, and a small module ports for storage and small application purposes.

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