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.
The Strati EV car printed at IMTS is made of SABIC's LNP STAT KON AE003. SABIC tells Design News why this carbon fiber-reinforced compound was chosen by Local Motors and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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