The aftermarket provides a great way to add options that were too expensive or didn't exist when a car was new. Sanyo Electric Co.'s CCA-BC200 Automotive Rear View Backup Camera System, the first aftermarket rearview system, provides accurate images, letting drivers see what is in their path during back-up maneuvers. Altera Corp.'s Cyclone II FPGAs and embedded Nios II processor minimize distortion in wide-angle views and hard-to-interpret perspectives. A single Nios II core can replace two standard DSP chips, reducing size and cost while providing real-time processing for transforming, filtering, smoothing and blending algorithms.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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