The TX810 is the industry's first integrated, eight-channel,
transmit/receive (T/R) switch for ultrasound systems. The device integrates a
protection diode bridge and clamp diodes for each of its eight channels to
prevent the high-voltage pulses of the transmitter from damaging the receive
electronics of the ultrasound system. The device addresses designers' need to
build smaller portable ultrasound systems, while speeding time to market. In
addition, the TX810 saves more than 50 percent board space over discrete
solutions in portable to mid-range ultrasound systems, and the component
reduction and easier handling brings higher reliability to designs. Texas
Instruments says it's first to market with integrated T/R switch facilitating
portability by saving over 50 percent board-space.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.