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.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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