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.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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