NI's latest 6-1/2-digit DMM is a PCI bus plug-in Product News 1/29/2004 Post a comment Priced at less than $2000, here's a system-oriented PCIbus DMM with a 1.8-Msamples/s digitizer and solid-state relays to handle range and function changes. This combo gives you speed, 6-ppm DC voltage accuracy, and sensitivity into the microvolt regime.
Chinese food for thought Product News 1/28/2004 Post a comment The battle over standards are a difficult give-and-take event but, says the author, they pale when compared to competition between nations and their economic and political positions. Take for example China and its position for wireless security - it's almost an oxymoron, but not quite.
LeCroy puts USB 2.0 on all of its digital scopes Product News 1/21/2004 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker LeCroy is now equipping its high-end osciolloscopes with USB v2.0 ports as a standard feature. From now on, every one of its popular WaveMaster, WavePro 7000 Series, and WaveRunner 6000 Series of general purpose oscilloscopes will ship with USB v2.0 ports.
RS-232 to TCP/IP software eases instrumentation data transmission Product News 1/21/2004 Post a comment TAL Technologies will be demo'ing the latest version of its existing WinWedge 32 Pro utility software at the upcoming Pittcon 2004 show and conference in Chicago. Its new WinWedge 32 Pro bits will include upgraded TCP-Com software to expose an RS-232 serial port on a PC to a TCP/IP port so that RS-232 serial data could be sent and received across a TCP/IP network. New features will include the ability to create so-called virtual COM ports that are actually TCP/IP port connec
Jitter analysis: Wavecrest was first! Product News 1/19/2004 Post a comment Comments asserted by Agilent Technologies in a recent eeProductCenter review of Agilent's new 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer with jitter (DCA-J) are hotly contested by competitor Wavecrest. Here's what Wavecrest says.
Today's spectrum analyzers aren't your father's instruments Product News 1/14/2004 Post a comment Today's spectrum analyzers aren't your father's instruments. Thanks to lots of embedded processing power, DSP, and new analog front-end circuitry, the latest round of spectrum analyzers is light years ahead of predecessors that were considered state-of-the-art only a few years ago.
Military IP net will crank up bandwidth News & Analysis 1/12/2004 Post a comment The Defense Information Systems Agency has approved the recommended subcontractors chosen by Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion project, an optical terrestrial network that is to deliver Internet Protocol traffic among defense and intelligence locations worldwide.
Exciting times at Gage Applied Technologies Product News 1/7/2004 Post a comment Things are popping at the venerable firm of Gage Applied Technologies. The company, renowned for its high performance digitizers, is under new ownership (it was formerly part of Tektronix). It also sports a more expansive name (adding the word Technologies, as that's what the folks there apply). Along with sister companies and partners, Gage is gearing with an expansive range of systems and products.
Quit being instrument control bystanders! Product News 1/7/2004 Post a comment Instead of choosing instrument drivers and instrumentation tools that work most efficiently and easily in their development environment, Jon Bellin, Director of Application & System Software Development at National Instruments, often sees EEs passively accepting non-native instrument drivers that an instrument vendor tells them to use. In his opinion, that's ridiculous---and shouldn't be tolerated!
SOC tester targets next-generation RF devices Product News 1/7/2004 Post a comment With data rates rising to support things such as streaming video, multimedia gaming, and Internet access on wireless products, complex modulation formats are emerging in wireless standards. Higher performance RF system-on-a-chip are being designed, requiring higher-performance test equipment. As such, Agilent Technologies is rolling out a new RF SOC test approach that the company claims can test---in quad-site---all devices in a radio, for all wireless applications.
Line of DSP-based PXI data-acq boards grows Product News 1/2/2004 Post a comment With two new product families of no less than 28 different PXI-based data acquisition and signal generation boards, Exacq Technologies---a member of the PXI Systems Alliance---is really extending its existing line of PXI data-acq products in a big way.
Control failure by sensing the heat Product News 1/1/2004 Post a comment Controlling the amount of heat produced or dissipated by today's more powerful electronic equipment becomes critical as the real estate shrinks enabling heat related problems to occur more easily. It can be a tricky challenge to resolve but several companies are offering possible solutions.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.