National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:NSM) recently announced the WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool. WEBENCH 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 significantly reduces design time and cost by configuring a complete sensor signal path solution with just a few keystrokes. The WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool is an extension of National’s WEBENCH tools for light-emitting diodes (LEDs), power, signal path design, audio, amplifiers and active filters, and National’s Analog University online learning facility.
The WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool streamlines the sensor interface and data conversion design, allowing the engineer to focus on the other parts of the overall system. With a few keystrokes, National’s WEBENCH Sensor Designer tool matches 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.
National’s WEBENCH environment eliminates the need for a design engineer to perform tedious hand calculations and includes extensive online tutorials in analog design. The tools offer instant access to the latest SPICE models, parametric data and package information, enabling designers to simultaneously compare the performance of multiple devices in multiple circuit requirements. National’s products in the WEBENCH environment ship within 24 hours worldwide.