14-bit A/D reaches 190 Msamples/s Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) unveiled a 14-bit, 190 Msamples/second analog-to-digital (A/D) converter that is said to provide strong dynamic performance and low power dissipation.
TETRA option enhances radio test set Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment Test instrumentation house Aeroflex announces the availability of a TETRA Direct Mode option for its existing 3900 Series RF test platform TETRA is based on digital Private Mobile Radio and Public Access Mobile Radio technologies. The option gives a 3900 comprehensive direct mode call setup and parametric testing capabilities.
Here come 10-bit 4-Gsample/s RF digitizers Product News 11/29/2005 Post a comment Got the need for data-conversion speed? Slated for RF and ATE applications, data conversion instrument maker Acqiris is readying what it claims will be the world's first 10-bit 4-Gsample/s digitizers. These 3U-sized PXI digitizers will exhibit input bandwidths up to 3 GHz.
USB box works as general-purpose hardware resource Product News 11/29/2005 Post a comment Here's a plug-and-play instrument using realtime embedded processing power that can operate as a bi-directional I/O system. Each pin or signal can be individually defined as an input, an output, or as a bi-directional line. A Windows interface communicates to your PC through a plug-and-play USB interface. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Pocket-size oscilloscope has 100-MHz bandwidth Product News 11/25/2005 Post a comment Elan Digital announces the first in its new range of modular instrumentation test-and-measurement products. Its USBScope50 is a full-function single-channel oscilloscope similar in size and form to popular USB pen memory products.
October PCB book-to-bill stays high, says IPC News & Analysis 11/23/2005 Post a comment The North American rigid printed circuit board industry book-to-bill ratio rose to 1.14 in October, while the book-to-bill ratio for flexible circuits fell sharply to 1.10, according to an industry trade association.
32-channel data-acq card packs its own clock Product News 11/22/2005 Post a comment Using either the PCI bus or a dedicated FPDP II link, a 5-Msample/s A/D card packs as many as 32 channels of data conversion. The system eliminates the need for auxiliary clocking by including a programmable clock source on-board.
Industry group forms to create multicore HW/SW standards News & Analysis 11/22/2005 Post a comment Responding to increasing calls from embedded system developers, a newly formed industry group - The Multicore Association - will meet next week to begin work on developing standards for
inter-processor communications, debug and other software development tools and building blocks.
Software makes RF test gear play Product News 11/21/2005 Post a comment Focus-On: Myriad test equipment and a variety of approaches encompass RF test. Software figures prominently. Application-oriented executables that run on RF hardware such as oscilloscopes and digitizers, as well as software-only emulators, comprise state-of-the-art test platforms. Here's a cross-section of some recent new products that reflect the trend.
Portable data logger supports Internet Protocol v6 Product News 11/21/2005 Post a comment The Datum-y XL100 portable data logger from Yokogawa has a range of communications capabilities, and claims to be the world's first measuring instrument to support the IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) logo. Measuring 155 x 56 x 155 mm and weighing around 800 grams, the instrument is suited to field service and maintenance applications.
Optical power meter takes 100,000-readings/s Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment As Internet paths get faster, optical test equipment is increasingly called upon to measure both passive and active lightwave components. Here's an instrument that provides both speed and repeatability when measuring fiber optic systems. It can be used on the bench or in ATE racks.
Corning patent infringement claim upheld News & Analysis 11/18/2005 Post a comment Corning Inc. announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has ruled that SRU Biosystems infringed on a patent exclusively licensed to Corning for optical biosensors that enable label-independent detection of chemical, biochemical and biological substances in a sample.
Infineon, Freescale join Spirit Consortium News & Analysis 11/18/2005 Post a comment Infineon Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor, ARC International and Yogitech have joined the Spirit Consortium, an organization pushing to make intellectual property reusable with minimal engineering effort.
Commentary: High time to un-Pac Asia News & Analysis 11/17/2005 Post a comment The time has come for the Semiconductor Industry Association and World Semiconductor Trade Statistics to begin providing breakout data for Taiwan, Korea and China in reporting market statistics.
Logic analyzers probe Altera FPGAs using JTAG Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Working with Altera FPGAs? Then check out this software for Tektronix logic analyzers that enables realtime debugging. You can select a specific group of signals to be probed, without needing to recompile the FPGA file.
RF-tight enclosures are miniature screen rooms Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Ever wished you had an RF-tight screen room in your lab? If you're working with RF (especially receiving systems) and you don't have one, fret no more; there's an alternative. Azimuth Systems has a line of RF isolation enclosures that can help you test multiple-input-multiple-output Rf systems. Its RF-proof enclosures mount in standard 19-in. racks, or they can sit on your bench.
Sales up, but consumer confidence wanes, says CEA News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment A pronounced shift toward higher-cost consumer electronics spells a strong fourth quarter for retailers, though consumers are clearly concerned over the economy, according to the fourth-quarter outlook by the Consumer Electronics Association.
Measurement bits test WLAN and GSM/EDGE RFIC, mobile handsets Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment As cellphones and handhelds increasingly connect into wireless local area networks, test-and-measurement house Aeroflex responds with a measurement suite that can be of use by developers of WLAN-connected products. The company is also expanding features of its existing GSM/EDGE measurement software.
World's first commercial HSUPA tester? Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Here's news of what is claimed to be the world's first commercially available test system for High Speed Uplink Packet Access. The product provides support for 3GPP Release 6 HSUPA wireless.
Huawei to use Agere processors News & Analysis 11/15/2005 Post a comment Huawei Technologies will use Agere Systems Inc.’s Advanced Payload Plus 300 network and Link Layer processors in its next-generation 3G infrastructure equipment.
Modular power system expands to 1.2-kW Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Expanding its line of modular power sources, Agilent Technologies is rolling out four new ultra-fast modules and two mainframes that extend to 1200-W. With these products, the company claims it's now the industry leader in the number of outputs and amount of power that can be packed into a 1U-sized rack-mountable system.
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.