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.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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