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.
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Researchers working with additive manufacturing have said multimaterial techniques will allow industry “to fabricate materials with combinations of density, strength, and thermal expansion that do not exist [yet].”
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