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Chinese Instrument Maker Opens North American Office
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10/3/2014   8 comments
Siglent Technologies, a maker of oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies, and waveform generators, has opened on office in Solon, Ohio.
FDA's Device Approvals Come Under Fire, Again
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10/1/2014   2 comments
A recent study concludes that most medical devices cleared via the FDA's 510(k) and PMA processes lack sufficient evidence to show they are safe and effective. The report, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, concluded that 42 of the 50 medical devices studied did not have sufficient data backing their use.
AXIe-0: The Inside Story of a New Modular Instrument Standard
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9/24/2014   2 comments
Like Coke Zero, AXIe Zero is the diet version of its namesake. Larry Desjardin explains the new standard for low-cost instruments and switching.
Backlash Coming on Car-to-Car Talk?
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9/18/2014   49 comments
Vehicle-to-vehicle communications will be mandated in the US, but public comments show concerns about V2V's security and privacy.
New 'Runaway Toyota' Case Tests DOJ's Integrity
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9/12/2014   42 comments
Just as the memory of Toyota's unintended acceleration cases began to fade, at least in the minds of the media and a few million thus far unaffected Toyota owners, in comes Robert Ruginis to dredge it all up again.
Mars Probe Looks for Atmosphere 'Lost in Space'
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9/12/2014   2 comments
NASA's latest Martian probe is fast approaching the Red Planet to begin exploring its upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind to determine why our once-watery planetary neighbor has evolved into a barren, frozen world.
Boston-Area EMC Seminar, Sept. 16
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9/4/2014   3 comments
EMC engineer Kenneth Wyatt will give a practical EMC seminar at Bose Corp. in Framingham, Mass., on September 16, 2014.
DesignCon Mascot Goes to a Bullfight
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9/3/2014   Post a comment
Chiphead, DesignCon's mascot, recently visited Spain and Amsterdam. See his pictorial essay.
So Much Work, So Little Time for Engineers
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8/19/2014   38 comments
None of us, of course, will admit to watching cat videos or playing Tetris at work. But are engineers really as crazy-busy as they claim to be? And if they are, what’s going on?
Live Music Returns to EMC Symposium
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8/13/2014   1 comment
The EMC Band made a triumphant return to the stage at the 2014 IEEE EMC Symposium in Raleigh, N.C.
NI Enters Semi Test Market
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8/7/2014   2 comments
A surprise interview with NI CEO James Truchard augments the news coming out of NI Week.
Power Week: Student-Designed EV a Tesla Beater?
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8/7/2014   1 comment
This week, a student-designed hybrid solar electric car has moved a step closer to becoming the world's first street-legal solar-powered vehicle.
EMC 2014 Keynote: EMC's Past & Future
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8/6/2014   8 comments
Respected EMC Consultant Henry Ott gave engineers a history of EMC, where it is today, and where it's likely to go.
Keysight Technologies Opens Its Doors
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8/1/2014   19 comments
The former Electronic Measurement Group of Agilent Technologies has officially opened as Keysight Technologies.
IPC Releases Electronics Quality Survey
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7/24/2014   7 comments
The annual survey provides insight into how electronics manufacturers are succeeding at producing quality products.
Moog Theremini Melds Analog & Digital
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7/24/2014   17 comments
Robert Moog, the inventor of the voltage-controlled oscillator that enabled the first analog synthesizers, got started with his interest in the theremin, which Moog Music Inc. has now resurrected and modernized as the Theremini.
Learn Signal Integrity Online
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7/22/2014   1 comment
Signal-integrity evangelist Eric Bogatin's classes are now available through an online subscription.
New Applications Fuel MEMS Sensor Growth
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7/16/2014   1 comment
A report from IC Insights explains why the Internet of Things is driving all kinds of new measurements.
Power Week: TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
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7/10/2014   8 comments
This week, the Transportation Security Administration announced a controversial new rule banning powerless electronic devices aboard flights to the US; and a wireless network-on-a-chip technology promises reduced energy consumption at datacenters.
DesignCon Extends 2015 Abstract Deadline
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7/9/2014   Post a comment
DesignCon 2015 has extended its deadline for submitting abstracts to July 18, 2014.
HAMEG Name Ends, Lives On as Rohde & Schwarz
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
HAMEG operations to continue and expand. Products to be marketed as R&S value line.
Rigol Campus Combines Manufacturing & Engineering
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7/8/2014   Post a comment
Suzhou facility provides for continued growth.
Product Tryout: NI VirtualBench
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7/3/2014   Post a comment
National Instruments entered the bench instrument market with the faceless VirtualBench, an all-in-one test instrument. It has most, but not all, of what you'd expect.
Power Week: $80 Billion Wasted on Power by Connected Devices
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7/3/2014   10 comments
This week, a report blames inefficient technology in networked electronic devices for wasting $80 billion in energy costs worldwide in 2013. Also, Agilent introduces the first power device capacitance analyzer that automatically characterizes junction capacitances using real operating voltages.
Power Week: Cheap, Organic Battery for Power Grid; Paper-Thin Battery for IoT & SiC News
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6/26/2014   4 comments
This week scientists announce a battery for grid electrical storage, German researchers demonstrate efficiency improvements in power electronics, and STMicroelectronics introduces a paper-thin lithium battery suited for ultra-low-profile applications.
TE Connectivity Moves Deeper Into Sensors
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6/20/2014   2 comments
TE Connectivity's acquisition of Measurement Specialties of Massachusetts moves the connectivity giant into temperature measurement.
Power Week: Superconducting Secrets Revealed, 660°F Circuits & Power Transistor Rebound
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6/19/2014   Post a comment
This week, a breakthrough in high-temperature superconductivity, a positive forecast for power semis, SiC circuits that can operate at 660°F, a shock-and-vibration resistant 3,400 F supercap, and more.
Quantum Computing Researchers Tap Test & Measurement Tools
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6/18/2014   2 comments
Arbitrary waveform generator lets researchers work towards solving the problem of unstable qubits.
Programmable Analog: Maxim Creates Swiss Army Knife
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6/17/2014   30 comments
Instead of creating a problematical field-programmable analog array (FPAA), Maxim has created the analog equivalent of a simple PLD (programmable logic device).
NI Enters Manual Lab Bench Instrument Market
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6/17/2014   7 comments
Is bench instrumentation facing a major disruption?
Smartphones Become Instrument Displays
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6/10/2014   9 comments
Smartphones and tablets make great platforms for remote instrument displays and controls. Here's another example.
QuickLogic Wearable Solutions Include Hardware & Software
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6/9/2014   15 comments
Next-generation devices with be both environmentally and contextually aware; they will know if we are walking, running, or riding a bike.
'Incompetence & Neglect' in GM Recall
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6/6/2014   15 comments
General Motors did not cover up its infamous ignition switch problem, but it was responsible for massive and widespread incompetence, according to a new investigation.
Agilent & Cascade Microtech Form RF Test Alliance
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6/4/2014   3 comments
Integration and installation services for wafer-probing stations with Agilent equipment will now be coordinated through Cascade Microtech.
Opal Kelly's USB-FPGA JESD204B FMC Powerhouse Platform
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6/2/2014   2 comments
The XEM7350 module from Opal Kelly boasts a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA and USB 3.0 providing a JESD204B powerhouse platform on an ultra-compact FMC carrier.
Modular Test Products Make Strong Gains
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6/2/2014   1 comment
A recent abundance of new modular test products indicates that modular instruments are gaining ground on boxes.
EMC Musicians Reunite for August Symposium
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5/29/2014   1 comment
The EMC Society Band is looking for Musicians to join the fun on August 5 & 6 at the 2014 EMC Symposium in Raleigh.
DesignCon Issues 2015 Call for Abstracts
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5/22/2014   7 comments
The annual conference on high-speed digital design, signal integrity, and power integrity is now taking submissions for paper abstracts.
Get Free Test & Measurement Software
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5/21/2014   4 comments
There's plenty of free software available in the form of applications add-ons, drivers, and open-source. Help us compile our list of free T&M software by telling us what you use.
Rohde & Schwarz Joins M2M Alliance
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5/20/2014   1 comment
By Joining the M2M Alliance, Rohde & Schwarz moves into a burgeoning area where machine will communicate directly with each other, using wireless technologies.
John Houbolt's Passing Has Lessons for All Engineers
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5/19/2014   21 comments
We can all learn from the champion of the Apollo Lunar Module.
Fluke Connect: A Cool Concept That Begs for More
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5/15/2014   15 comments
Connecting handheld measurement instruments to smartphones makes sense because so many engineers have both. Fluke Connect is a concept that is a great start, but will immediately leave you asking it to do more.
Power Week-in-Review: Carbon Battery Trumps Lithium & Solar EV Carport
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5/15/2014   1 comment
This week, a new carbon-based battery technology claiming advantages over lithium, BMW presents a sustainable solar carport for its EVs, Cree launches a 1200V/25mΩ SiC MOSFET in a TO-247, and an industrial power component tester that simulates lifetime performance.
Jay Alexander Named CTO of Keysight
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5/9/2014   5 comments
Name and date of the Agilent spin-off have been determined, and Chief Technology Officer has been appointed.
Power Week-in-Review: EM-Field Safety in EVs & Power Device Analyzer for Circuit Design
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5/8/2014   2 comments
This week, confirmation that EM fields from electric vehicles pose no dangers, an alcohol-powered micro fuel cell that could replace smartphone batteries, and a single-box power device analyzer for power circuit design.
Kickstarter Oscilloscope Clock Uses Soviet CRT
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5/8/2014   2 comments
Nearly 200% funded at nine days to go, The Oscilloscope clock is great conversation piece.
WiGig Is Coming, Test Equipment Close Behind
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5/5/2014   13 comments
As WiGig moves into production, the major test equipment companies will test it.
Q & A on Automotive Test: Verify & Share Results
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5/2/2014   1 comment
Engineers at National Instruments explain how automotive safety can improve if test engineers verify test functions and share data with designers.
When Apps Attack
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5/1/2014   16 comments
Alcatel-Lucent released Mobile Application Rankings report to expose certain mobile apps’ misbehavior -- its unintended consequences on networks, consumers’ data plans, and hardware designs.
Naptech Offers Free Calibrations for 5 Years
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4/21/2014   Post a comment
Just ship any repaired test equipment back once a year.
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