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National unveils online design tool for sensor signal paths

Santa Clara, Calif. — National Semiconductor Corp. has added a new online design tool to its WEBENCH family. Claiming the industry's first sensor signal path design tool, the WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool enables engineers to quickly move from concept to simulation to prototyping of common sensor solutions used in medical, industrial and high-end consumer products.

The WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool is said to significantly reduce design time and cost by configuring a complete sensor signal path solution with a few keystrokes. This tool streamlines the sensor interface and data conversion design by matching the industry's leading bridge pressure sensors, photo detector sensors and thermocouple sensors with National's PowerWise energy-efficient op amps and pin- and function-compatible 8-, 10-, 12-, 14- and 16-bit ADCs. The tool also allows users to order a customized evaluation kit for prototyping their simulated WEBENCH solution in the lab.

Product information: Click here to begin a design with the WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool. Information about National's WEBENCH tools.

National Semiconductor, www.national.com

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