National Semiconductor Corp.'s two
configurable sensor analog front-end (AFE) integrated circuits (ICs) work together with new
tools to fast-track signal path designs for a variety of sensors from major
global manufacturers. The first in a family of products, National's two
configurable sensor AFE products are each customized to a specific sensor
application and have a variety of features, including programmable current
sources, voltage reference options and adjustable sample rates. The LMP91000 is a fully configurable, low-power potentiostat that
provides a complete, integrated signal path solution between a sensor and
analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The LMP90100 is a multi-channel, low power, 24-bit sensor AFE with
true continuous background calibration and diagnostics for high performance
transmitter and transducer applications.
The configurable sensor AFE ICs and WEBENCH
Sensor AFE Designer enable the design
engineer to select a sensor, design and configure the solution and download
configuration data to the sensor AFE. A typical sensing application that today
may require several boards and up to 25 components is reduced to just one of
National's ICs and sensor system design is reduced.
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.
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.