SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Texas Instruments Inc. introduced the latest version of its popular FilterPro™ design tool. FilterPro v3.0 offers a new and improved user interface and a more accurate and robust filter design engine, thanks to updates, such as ability to adjust passive element tolerances and view response variations; scale passive component values; and view and export filter performance data to Excel. The tool allows designers to create and edit designs easily using the Filter Design Wizard. Users can design multiple feedback (MFB), Sallen-Key, low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and band-stop filters using voltage feedback op amps. FilterPro v3.0 is free and available for download now from TI’s website.
Key features and benefits of FilterPro v3.0
Supports design file migration from FilterPro v2.0 so that designs created in the prior version can benefit from the functionality of v3.0.
Easily generate schematics, view frequency and time responses, and print professional design reports containing all design data and schematics to help speed time to market.
Supports Bessell, Butterworth, Chebychev, Gaussian and linear phase filter response types and can be used to design filters from one to ten poles, providing design flexibility.
Supports low-pass, high-pass, notch/band-stop, band-pass, and all-pass phase shift/time delay filters to help ease system design.
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