Partnerships and FPGAs are a big part of the NI story. Altera Corp. is taking both paths with a product being demonstrated on the NIWeek show floor. It partnered with Texas Instruments to develop an FPGA-based PCI Express board that makes it easy to link a PXI chassis to a PC. TI provides the Phy interface chip, while Altera’s FPGA handles communications. Altera has also developed a reference design for a PDA, using its FPGAs as the basis for a compact design that includes touch screen input and low power consumption.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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