According to AutomationDirect’s new White Paper, “Processor Power and Energy Efficiency,” consumer electronic microprocessor improvements are providing a catalyst for industrial automation advancements. This publication discusses how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower overall costs and power usage for a total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability. New powerful chips offer many advantages to the automation world in terms of price, time-to-market, flexibility and reliability. This is evident in modern PLCs. The integration of more components into microprocessors has eliminated the need for additional external automation components. These components include, but are not limited to, data loggers, ASCII or math co-processors, digital communication cards, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers and more.