TI unveils ‘world’s most precise’ single-chip millimeter wave sensor portfolio available today

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Texas Instruments is bringing what it calls “an unprecedented degree of precision and intelligence” to a range of applications spanning the automotive, factory and building automation, and medical markets.

TI’s new millimeter wave (mmWave) single-chip complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) portfolio includes five solutions across two families of 76- to 81-GHz sensors with a complete end-to-end development platform.

Available for sampling today, the AWR1x and IWR1x sensor portfolio delivers up to three times more accurate sensing than current mmWave solutions on the market.

The combination of sophisticated analog design techniques paired with digital signal processing enables designers to implement intelligent and contactless sensing in their systems.

Brains trust: The impact of robotics on neurosurgery

Renishaw’s Neuroinspire surgical planning software
A screenshot from the newest version of Renishaw’s Neuroinspire surgical planning software

In this exclusive article, Stuart Campbell, clinical sales development manager of the neurological products division at Renishaw, discusses key trends on the use of robotics in neurosurgery

The curious case of Phineas Gage is one of the earliest and most well known cases of serious brain injury. On September 13th, 1848, Gage was working as a railway foreman in Vermont when an explosion caused a three foot long iron rod to be propelled straight through his skull.

At the time, doctors thought it impossible to survive such an injury and his remarkable survival and reported personality changes affected the study of neuroscience forever. In recent years, a new technology is changing the face of neuroscience – robotics, which offers high precision access to a complex and sensitive region.

Industrial environments are rife with automation and robotic systems. The upwards trend is only increasing, with the International Federation of Robotics predicting that by 2018, 1.3 million industrial robots will be entering service in factories across the globe.  Continue reading Brains trust: The impact of robotics on neurosurgery

National Instruments launches new version of LabView

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Latest version of LabView features 500+ new supported instruments, five new 64-bit add-ons, supports improved Python integration

National Instruments, a provider of platform-based testing systems that enable engineers and scientists, has launched LabView 2016 system design software.

NI says it empowers engineers to simplify development and effectively integrate software from the ecosystem into their systems.

The latest version of LabView introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication between parallel sections of code. Available on both desktop and real-time versions of LabView, the channel wire method helps improve code readability and reduces development time.  Continue reading National Instruments launches new version of LabView

National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

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Company says it has made advances in a number of areas 

National Instruments, a provider of automation test equipment, says it will demonstrate “new, smarter microwave design and test solutions that address the entire product lifecycle” at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium next month.

NI says developing next-generation internet of things (IoT) wireless devices and 5G infrastructure challenges the way engineers develop smaller, faster and smarter products. Continue reading National Instruments to launch ‘new, smarter’ design and test solutions

Intuitive Surgical expands EndoWrist stapler range

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Intuitive Surgical, the robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery equipment maker, says the United States Food and Drug Administration has provided clearance for the company’s da Vinci Xi EndoWrist Stapler 30 (30mm) instruments and reloads.

Availability of the Stapler 30 for the da Vinci Xi Surgical System expands the company’s EndoWrist Stapler portfolio through the offering of new curved and straight tip instruments and four reloads.

With general surgery, thoracic, gynecologic and urologic surgery indications, the Stapler 30 Curved-Tip instrument provides enhanced placement and visualization around tenuous vasculature. Continue reading Intuitive Surgical expands EndoWrist stapler range