Latest from National Semiconductor (www.national.com) is a new Webench® Signal-Path Designer toolset that can create 8-, 10-, and 12-bit data converter/amplifier combinations. More than 10,000 optimized signal-path solutions are available in the Webench environment, the company says, which was designed to eliminate the need for a designer to perform hand calculations. The company adds that it will roll out 1.5 giga-samples for second single and dual analog-to-digital converters later in the summer. To see the tool create an optimized 12-bit, 1 mega-samples per second signal path in 2 min, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4394-538.
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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