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<p>The self-healing effect, however, may be a mitigating factor of 10 times or more at high frequencies, estimated Agere's Alam, providing perhaps a four times benefit for low-frequency devices.</p>

Major network developer platforms from companies such as Cisco and Huawei already use the Picoprocessor PowerNP range of network processors.

The Stratus-X-ND card also provides a 1-Msample buffer to help eliminate interrupt latency and enable embedded high-speed transient data recording.

The big buffer ensures continuous high-speed sampling without loss of data. Maximum data sampling rate is 200,000 ksamples/s. Dual 16-bit analog outputs are also optionally available.

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Operating in Linux and Windows environments, the card also offers multi-card software legacy compatibility modes. These are provided for existing third party software drivers. The multi-card software legacy compatibility modes ensure that the product will be a drop-in for existing developed software and/or drivers.

The card's analog inputs are low-noise, low-drift channels that provide wide programmable input-voltage ranges. A hardware moving-average filter is also provided for additional noise reduction—with no software overhead.

For much more information visit Apex's Web site, or contact Apex Embedded Systems, 116 Owens Rd., Monona, Wis. 53716. Phone: (608) 256-0767 X 24. Fax: (608) 256-0765.

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Analog Devices Inc., a supplier of amplifiers, unveiled the industry's first digitally programmable, signal-conditioning auto-zero amplifier for strain-bridge and other sensors that are widely used in automotive, medical, industrial and communication applications. Within the new chip, ADI has integrated a full range of amplifier, comparator, resistor, trimpot and buffer functionality into a tiny SOIC or 4 mm by 4 mm chipscale package (CSP), providing a complete path from a sensor to analog-to-digital (A/D) converter. This allows systems designers to automatically, under software control, eliminate variations between sensors. Sensor outputs can be digitally programmed for gain and output offset voltage. Prior to the ADI solution engineers relied on devices that had lower accuracy and less stability and involved manual adjustments that were difficult, time consuming and expensive.

With flexible controls enabled by a one-wire serial interface, the AD8555 offers designers many advantages over typical discrete solutions, including zero drift, programmable gain, a very small footprint and lower cost. By using ADI's patented low-noise auto-zero and DigiTrim technologies, the chip accurately converts differential and single-ended sensor outputs to a well-defined output voltage range, effectively rejecting common mode noise in the process. The gain and offset adjustment can be simulated in-circuit before being permanently programmed. The chip also offers extensive fault detection (open and short wire and data integrity) to ensure high reliability. In addition, users can easily add a low-pass filter and clamp the maximum output level to protect low voltage A/D converter inputs.

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The AD8555's unique combination of precision performance and functionality in a very compact footprint make it an ideal solution for automotive pressure sensor applications, such as brake, fuel and manifold pressure sensing. It is also suitable for myriad other automotive, industrial and medical applications that rely on high performance process control circuitry, including leak-down pressure detection, resistance temperature detectors, infrared thermopile sensors and ECG/EKG monitors.

The importance of time-to-market, design flexibility, and system accuracy cannot be stressed enough, especially in mission-critical automotive, industrial and medical applications,” said Steve Sockolov, product line director, Precision Analog Products, Analog Devices. The AD8555 amplifier allows designers to spend more time on the innovation process and less time on design. ADI is committed to empowering designers with breakthrough products that simplify the design process and allow them to maintain a competitive edge.”

Present Value of Future Profit Impact

After obtaining the future profit impact, the next step is to translate this figure into today's dollars (variable PPV). In our example, -$210K of profit from sales in three years is worth -$158K today. See Figure 6.

Note that in our example, this is a negative profit impact. If the average satisfaction had been higher in the pilot than the baseline, then both the future profit impact and the present value of the future profit impact would have been positive. In our real-life pilot, one out of our two partners did, in fact, achieve a higher customer satisfaction score than the baseline within the first 6 months.

Net Impact Calculation (NPV)


Akiyoshi Suzuki is General Manager at Canon Optics Technology Research Center in Tokyo.

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