Today at NIWeek, NI announced a joint effort with Tektronix to develop a new digitizer product with a sampling rate that significantly extends the performance of PXI modular instrumentation. According to Eric Starkloff, VP of marketing, the digitizer will have greater than 3 GHz bandwidth and sample rates of more than 10 GS/s as compared to 2 GS/s with existing technology. During the keynote session, NI measured the rise time of a digital pulse to demonstrate how the higher sampling rate will allows users to grab more points along the rising edge of the signal for greater accuracy.
In this collaborative effort, Tektronix is providing its proprietary ASICs technology and the front end signal conditioning. NI is working on the memory and timing control at the back end, as well as the PXI interface software drivers. The team is currently working with lead users and expect to introduce the product in early 2010.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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