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NATIONAL Semiconductor, represented in Australia by Arrow Electronics , has produced the Amplifiers Made Simple tool.

This is the industry's first online design tool created to speed the selection, design and testing of many types of operational amplifiers for medical, scientific, industrial and automotive applications.

The Amplifiers Made Simple tool uses a component selection tool to rapidly and accurately search among the company's portfolio of analogue amplifier products, each with hundreds of different electrical characteristics.

Users select from standard topologies and enter system requirements. It then searches among National's products to recommend the most appropriate op amps for the solution and creates a customized circuit. As with all the tools in National's WEBENCH design environment, the Amplifiers Made Simple tool is available free of charge at www.national.com.

"Today, designers may use the Amplifiers Made Simple tool to design with 60 National op amps in 4 different applications to create more than 450 circuits." , vice president, web business, Phil Gibson said. "Over the coming year, we plan to expand this capability to include the entire National offering of 420 op amps in 30 applications, and more than 4000 potential circuit designs."

The Amplifiers Made Simple tool eliminates the need for a design engineer to perform tedious hand calculations. The tool offers instant access to the latest SPICE models, parametric data and package information, and lets designers simultaneously compare the performance of multiple devices.

"National's new Amplifiers Made Simple design tool is a breakthrough that extends WEBENCH tool capabilities into an entirely new range of solutions, dramatically simplifying product design with amplifiers," said Erroll Dietz, product line director, Amplifier Products Group at National. "In a few keystrokes and mouse clicks, an engineer can now accomplish what used to take hours of work and years of knowledge. The result is the best possible design."

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