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.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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