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NI's latest 6-1/2-digit DMM is a PCI bus plug-in
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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.
Big telecom players adopt small firm's multi-layer ADSL analysis
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1/29/2004   Post a comment
A small company making broadband monitoring equipment announces that British Telecom and France Telecom have purchased its multi-layer ADSL analyzer hardware and software, thus endorsing the company's product.
Chinese food for thought
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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.
Industry-first base, mobile test targets Chinese TD-SCDMA, 1xEV-DV
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
Adjuncts to Agilent's cellphone testers make the company's instruments the first to characterize components and systems for base and mobile stations based on TD-SCDMA and 1xEV-DV wireless access methods.
Aeroflex gobbles Celerity Systems, targets cellphone base station test
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
Aeroflex, a maker of automated testing equipment and microelectronics for aerospace, defense, and broadband communications, is acquiring Celerity Systems. The latter makes modular digital test-and-measurement equipment for communications, satellite, wireless, and broadband test designers and developers.
USB-equipped eval kit offers plug-and-play test for power-failure duration
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
Chip maker AMI Semiconductor now has a new evaluation kit that provides a plug-and-play approach for testing and developing low component-count accurate measurement of power failure durations in industrial applications.
Toolkit melds graphical development environment of LabVIEW 7 Express with MATLAB
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1/26/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments has a new software toolkit that helps you integrate advanced user interfaces, virtual instrument functions, and measurement hardware connectivity of NI's LabVIEW 7 Express graphical development environment into The MathWorks's popular MATLAB analysis environment.
Anritsu puts 10 GbE link-fault signaling, 1 GbE auto-negotiation into Ethernet/IP test
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1/21/2004   Post a comment
Japan-based test-and-measurement company Anritsu adds 10 GbE Ethernet link-fault signaling, and 1 GbE auto-negotiation testing capabilities to its existing MD1230A Family of Ethernet/Internet Protocol test systems.
LeCroy puts USB 2.0 on all of its digital scopes
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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
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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
Reconfigurable VMEbus plug-in runs ultra-high-performance DSP
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1/20/2004   Post a comment
Resource-rich FPGAs are seemingly everywhere these days, with mega-gate FPGAs impacting designs on a par with the microprocessor itself. Here's a VMEbus DSP board with FPGAs that can be configured as a software-defined-radio screamer.
Multi-port 20 GHz component analyzer looks at 16 channels
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1/19/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of a new RF component analyzer from Advantest that has a 4-port receiver architecture that works out to 20 GHz. It's billed as having the industry's fastest sweep speed, too, of 5-microseconds/point.
Jitter analysis: Wavecrest was first!
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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.
Software toolset targets Moto HCS12 microcontrollers
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1/15/2004   Post a comment
If you're creating applications for Motorola's HCS12 16-bit microcontrollers, you may be interested in a new suite of code coverage, software execution trace, and performance analysis tools for these popular controller chips.
Study shows users not familiar with IEEE-1451 smart sensor spec
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1/15/2004   Post a comment
A recent study entitled The Global Market For Industrial Electronic Temperature Controllers finds that a high majority of industrial-electronic temperature-controller users are unfamiliar with the IEEE-1451 smart sensor standard. How 'bout you?
Today's spectrum analyzers aren't your father's instruments
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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.
Modular programmable power supply platform supports ATE
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1/5/2004   Post a comment
Agilent has a new system-ready modular power system that's ideal for cost-senstive ATE systems. Its mainframe and drop-in sub-components offers small size, and fast command processing of less than 1-ms.
Line of DSP-based PXI data-acq boards grows
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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
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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.

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