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Top 5 Design Tools of the Week

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 10:48am
Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D

All in One NFC Evaluation Kit

Everything you need to begin evaluating your Near Field Communication designs.

In conjunction with the release of the Dynamic NFC Transponder from TI earlier this week, this kit includes all the products you need to start developing and evaluating your NFC designs.

The NFC Evaluation Kit contains the TRF7970ATB Target Board, the MSP-EXP430F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board, RF430CL330HTB Target Board and the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board.

For more information on NFC read: Tap That Device

CAD Program Interprets Hands Gestures

Shape-It-Up allows you to create 3D shapes by using hand gestures.

This new tool uses specialized computer algorithms and a depth-sensing camera to observe and interpret hand movements and gestures. The user creates shapes in a computer by interacting with a virtual workspace as the shape is displayed on a large-screen monitor. For more information, watch: ShapeItUp

Buck Power Converter Demonstration Board

EPC9107 demonstrates size reduction and efficiency enhancement for power conversion achieved using high frequency switching eGaN power transistors.

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) has introduced the EPC9107, a fully functional buck power conversion demonstration circuit. The board has a peak power efficiency greater than 96% and is capable of delivering 15 A of current at 3.3 V in a compact 0.5” x 0.5” design.

A Quick Start Guide containing set up procedures, a circuit diagram, performance curves, and a bill of material is included for reference.

USB-Powered Universal Chip Programmer

For the latest features, and for fast programing speeds in the field, Saelig has introduced the Dataman S6 Programmer, the successor to the Dataman S4.

The Dataman S6 is a USB powered universal 48-pin chip programmer with compact dimensions and minimal weight. Other features include:

  • Support for more than 14,000 programmable devices.
  • Intelligent pin drivers that allow for operation down to 1.8 V.
  • Software that is compatible with the latest operating systems, including Windows 8. 

Wireless Energy Monitoring Node

Remote energy monitoring and reporting via any web-connected device.

The Watt-Link-LXRS Wireless Energy Monitoring Node makes it easy to collect time-synchronized power and energy measurements. A flexible software configuration menu allows you to define your preferred monitoring settings including measurement type, CT ratings, sample rates, etc. Features include:

  • A small, wireless form factor. 
  • Easy installation inside most electrical panels.
  • SDK for quick custom app development.
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