Feasibility Prototyping

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A powerful method to investigate new architectural concepts is to create feasibility prototypes. These are known by a wide variety of names in industry: concept car, development mule, alpha demo tool, etc. Depending on their implementation, these allow various aspects of a new design to be investigated and evaluated as if the function or property already exists in the product. This chapter discusses the structure, advantages and challenges of three prototypes of a transmission electron microscope: (1) the feasibility prototype, which includes an approach to step-wise develop advanced system functionality in a project context, (2) the proxy device, an add-on system that minimally interferes with a current electron microscope while allowing many significant experiments on image-based global control, and (3) the microscope simulator, which allows investigation of local and global control strategies


Feasibility prototyping Electron microscope Experimentation platform Data acquisition system Scanning module Proxy pattern System simulation Control architecture System dynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research FellowEmbedded Systems InstituteEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Senior Research FellowEmbedded Systems InstituteEindhovenThe Netherlands

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