Pioneer Electronics USA Inc. is offering three receivers that augment conventional inputs with both Sirius and XM Satellite Radio and the seemingly ubiquitous iPod docking station. A 180 MIPS Processing DSP from Freescale provides 5.1 surround sound for movies and XM broadcasts. The chip also enables Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration, which automatically tunes the system to account for the layout of the listening area. The VSX line can also replicate surround sound with all speakers in front of listeners, eliminating the need for rear speaker wiring.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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