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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.