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Credence, Spirox combine Taiwan operations
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. has announced it would combine its Taiwan operations with the T1 test division of Spirox Corp. to form Credence Spirox Integration Corp.
Broadband amplifiers test 0.8 to 4.2-GHz applications
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
A new line of amplifiers from AR Worldwide are well suited for testing multiple frequency bands and communication technologies including CDMA, W-CDMA, TDMA, and GSM.
Less than $800 buys high-resolution DMM
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Signametrics is releasing a plug-and-play PXI/cPCI digital multimeter with 5-1/2 digits of resolution, high dynamic range, and 100-reading/s capability. Best of all, it sells for less than $800.
Logic analyzers tackle complexity with automation
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5/31/2005   Post a comment
Tektronix is rolling out two new Windows-based logic analyzers, including a portable and a benchtop mainframe. Both offer throughput Tek claims is three times faster than previous models, and both are highly automated. New software makes it all tick.
Japan's economic bond with China to stay strong, JEITA chairman says
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5/27/2005   Post a comment
The chairman of the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has sought to dispel concerns that an uneasy relationship between China and Japan would have economic percussions.
Mehr Funktionen für MPEG-2-Analysesystem
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5/27/2005   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz erweitert seine MPEG-2-Gerätefamilie DVM um viele Funktionen. Damit wird das System vielseitiger und sein Einsatz gestaltet sich flexibler.
Ultrasonic flowmeter has pulsed or analog output
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5/27/2005   Post a comment
Crydom introduces a dual output mode for its Ultrasonic Flowmeters. Its Flowsonic's range now comprises pulsed output and analog 4-20-mA output.
Credence falls short of guidance, expects weak quarter
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5/26/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. reported a net loss of $19.5 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $101.9 million in the second fiscal 2005 quarter ended April 30, compared to a net loss of $36.3 million, or 41 cents per share on sales of $93.9 million the prior quarter.
PC/104 extenders link I/O across noise-free optical waveguides
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of an FPGA-equipped PC/104 plug-in that can find a home in electrically noisy environments, such as industrial data acquisition systems. The board comprises a bus extender that lets you extend the range of any PC/104-based data-acq and control stack. It does that by means of a multi-mode fiber optic channel. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Aeroflex schluckt Ubinetics' Tester-Aktivitäten
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5/25/2005   Post a comment
Der Tester-Produzent Aeroflex Inc. übernimmt die Test & Measurement Division SPG des 3G-Mobilfunk-Spezialisten Ubinetics. Von der Maßnahme erwartet sich Aeroflex eine erhebliche Aufwertung seines Produktspektrums.
Clock extraction circuitry times high-speed communications test
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
A critical aspect of the receiver circuit decision process is ensuring that the "0-or-1" decision process occurs at an optimal time. Some form of clock signal must be provided to the decision circuit to time the decision process, writes Agilent's Greg Le Cheminant. But this signal must be highly synchronous with the incoming data stream. Just a small offset in frequency between the data rate and the receiver clock, he says, will degrade the BER. Greg's tutorial on clock-data recovery (CDR) in th
Raza Micro's XLR processors get JTAG emulation support
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Boundary-scan equipment vendor Corelis now has a family of JTAG/IEEE-1149.1 emulators for the Raza Microelectronics XLR microprocessor. The emulators give you source-level debug capability for multiple processors, partitioning individual processor hardware and software resources into a multi-windowed environment.
Multi-format test set has Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate option
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies now has a Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate option for its N4010A wireless connectivity test set. You can now test Bluetooth EDR connectivity during development, integration, and manufacturing of chipsets, modules, and devices.
1000-W RF amplifier powers 100 kHz to 250 MHz applications
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5/24/2005   Post a comment
AR Worldwide's new amplifier provides readily available power for RF susceptibility testing, antenna and component testing, watt meter calibration, particle accelerators, plasma generation, communications, and for use as a driver for high-power amplifiers.
Windows-based synchronizer correlates data-acq signals
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a software correlation feature for synchronizing data-acq signals under Windows. Called Align and Resample, it's for PCI and USB modules and products from Data Translation.
Legislation would end U.S. analog broadcasts in 2008
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Draft legislation would require broadcasters to cease analog TV broadcasts by Dec. 31, 2008.
Single-band satellite simulator saves money, time
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
The MSS Series Mini Satellite Simulator, by translating signals from an uplink terminal into downlink signals and retransmitting them, offers a low-cost alternative to costly leased time on an orbiting satellite. As a tool for field training of military and satellite news gathering personnel, the simulator's rapid set-up promises to save time as well as money.
Artusi lands new job at ColdWatt
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Dan Artusi, was named CEO of power IC startup ColdWatt.
Aeroflex to pay $81 million for UbiNetics' wireless test group
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5/21/2005   Post a comment
Aeroflex Inc. is continuing its onslaught on U.K. based test and measurement companies with the proposed purchase, for $81 million in cash, of the group within UbiNetics (Melbourn, England) that specializes in testing of wireless communications equipment and networks.
Matsushita chief says next-gen DVD talks are dead
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5/20/2005   Post a comment
An effort to revive deadlocked talks aimed at unifying competing DVD standards has failed, according to the president of Matsushita Electric.
Digitaltest erweitert Servicenetz
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5/20/2005   Post a comment
Der auf Produktionstestanlagen spezialisierte Anbieter Digitaltest hat einen neuen Partner für seine Kundenbetreuung im deutschen Raum gefunden. Die Firma proTest mit Sitz in Grafing bei München steht künftig Digitaltest-Kunden für die Adapter- und Prüfprogramm-Erstellung zur Verfügung.
Broadcom, Qualcomm head back to court as they engage in legal tussle
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Broadcom's announcement Thursday that it would file multiple lawsuits against Qualcomm Corp. for alleged patent infringement have brought both companies back into the familiar arena of court patent battles.
$240 PCI drop-in is GPIB controller
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Providing an interface between IEEE-488/GPIB instruments and PCI-equipped PCs, this PCI bus plug-in card is compliant with IEEE-488.1 and IEEE-488.2 standards. Best of all, it's available at an introductory price of $240.
HSDPA signaling tester combines PHY layer, call processing test
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Anritsu's rolls out a HSDPA signaling tester that it claims is an industry-first, and is the only tester that meets the full HSDPA specs. The new tester combines PHY layer testing with call processing analysis functions.
Risikokapital sitzt wieder lockerer
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Das Risikokapital für Jungunternehmen fließt wieder stärker: Europaweit investierten die Kapitalgeber im ersten Quartal um 19 Prozent mehr als im entsprechenden Vorjahresquartal. Die Zahl der damit geförderten Unternehmen sackte dennoch deutlich ab.
Testanlagen-Markt erholt sich
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5/19/2005   Post a comment
Nach Zahlen des Marktforschungsunternehmens Prime Data befindet sich der Markt für Testanlagen auf Erholungskurs. Zum ersten Mal seit der Talfahrt von 2001 verzeichnete die Branche 2004 wieder ein Wachstum.
Marconi, Laurel Networks reaffirm OEM agreement
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
Laurel Networks said Wednesday it would continue a long-time technology relationship with troubled Marconi Corp. plc, even after Laurel was acquired by Israeli-based ECI Telecom Monday.
Taiwan companies among fastest-growing U.S. patent holders
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
Three Taiwanese companies ranked among the top 10 performers in percentage gains over their 2003 patent totals.
Programmable electronic loads heft nearly 2-kW
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
If you're working with batteries or battery chargers, fuel cells, AC-to-DC and DC-to-DC converters, DC-to-AC inverters, or voltage regulator modules, Elgar Electronics has a new line of programmable electronic loads to ease the task of testing such sources. Offered in both modular and rack-mount configurations, these loads can heft either AC or DC, with versions capable of handling between 75-W to 1.8-kW.
Digital, analog function generator resides on VME board
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
A new VME bus four-channel analog and digital waveform generator plug-in can let you create arbitrary waveshapes that are synchronized with logic-level outputs. The board's four waveform generators are each capable of generating one 12-bit analog waveform and up to four TTL-compatible outputs.
Ericsson, Viettel team to expand GSM network in Vietnam
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5/18/2005   Post a comment
Ericsson has signed a multi-year frame agreement with mobile operator Viettel to expand that company's GSM/GPRS network in Vietnam.
GPS receiver delivers precision time, frequency sigs
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a precision time and frequency generator that meets the Global Positioning System security requirements of the U.S. Department of Defense. Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Les pourparlers sur le DVD nouvelle génération s’effondrent
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Les pourparlers entre Matsushita, Sony et Toshiba pour l’unification des formats DVD nouvelle génération en concurrence n’ont pas abouti, et il est fort probable que les opposants décident de poursuivre des chemins différents sur le marché vidéo.
Atmel inks CMOS sensor pact with Tower, will sell French fab
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. signed an agreement with Israel-based pure-play foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd. to develop CMOS image sensor technology and products.
Test instrument market on the rise at last, says analyst
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5/17/2005   Post a comment
Figures released Thursday (May 12th) by market researcher Prime Data show the instrument market growing after a long hiatus. After declining 57 percent for their peak sales level in 2000, declining in 2001, 2002 and showing no growth in 2003, test instrument sales grew by 12 percent in 2004 to approximately $6.5 billion. This the first positive growth for the test instrument market since it began to decline in 2001, said Galen Wampler, president of the Smartville, Calif. research firm.
Ultra-fast A/D board packs 2-GHz silicon
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
You can now boost RF signal bandwidth by nearly an order of magnitude with a new VME bus A/D converter board from Pentek. Its Model 6826 comes in either a single-channel or dual-channel version, but either samples at up to 2-Gsamples/s, with 10-bit resolution. That performance acrues to a very new Atmel A/D chip. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at this very fast A/D system.
Thales, Terabeam team on DoD wireless mandate
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Thales, an international electronics and systems group, and Terabeam Wireless, a leading provider of extended range broadband wireless networking equipment, have announced an agreement to provide secure wireless solutions to meet the new Dept. of Defense Directive (DoDD) 8100.2.
Benchtop instrument checks memory devices
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a physically compact benchtop memory tester that can exercise and test high-speed PC466/433/400/333/266/200 DDR memory modules. An optional converter can extend its usefulness for SODIMMs as used in laptops.
Next-gen DVD talks collapse
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Talks on unifying competing next-generation DVD formats have failed, making it more likely the rivals will follow separate paths to the market.
India considers free 3G licenses
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Pricey 3G wireless licenses auctioned for millions elsewhere could be given away to Indian mobile carriers if a regulatory recommendation is approved by the government.
FPGA-equipped VME data-acq board leverages VXS standard
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5/13/2005   Post a comment
A high-speed data acquisition board leverages the VXS standard to implement multi-channel high-end sensor data-acq and processing as used in electronic warfare systems, signals intelligence systems, and radar. 105-Msample/s Analog Devices A/D converters and Xilinx FPGAs team up to provide five channels of signal processing.
Budget cuts hurt computer science research, critics warn
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5/13/2005   1 comment
Basic research on computer science is in danger of becoming a victim of federal budget cuts, experts warned Congress.
Agilent abets connectivity with National Instruments gear
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
If you've ever grappled with cobbling together a test suite based on hardware and software from a variety of suppliers, you'll appreciate this announcement from Agilent Technologies. It's announcing that its I/O Libraries Suite, IEEE-488/GPIB cards, and converters will soon work within National Instruments's LabVIEW and LabWindows environments.
Congress seeks to head off U.S.-China 'standards wars'
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
Congress has jumped into the fray over whether technology standards are being used to erect trade barriers designed to protect emerging Asian industries.
Hitachi vows to fight Translogic's patent verdict
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
Hitachi Group denied violating Translogic Technology Inc.'s patent claim, and said it would appeal a U.S. court ruling if the court orders a damage award.
Thermocouple temperature measurement system uses USB
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5/12/2005   Post a comment
Isabellenhuette's ITS-TC is a temperature measurement system with a thermocouple working on an USB 2.0 bus. The basis of the system is the inseparable connection of a special thermocouple material with the precision data logging system ISA-ASIC, also developed by Isabellenhuette.
Low-cost PC market heats up in India
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
With help from the government, India-based companies are ramping up efforts to market and develop low-cost computers to making computing more affordable in India and other poor countries.
L’IMEC met en place des formations sur les technologies de l’information
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5/11/2005   Post a comment
L’IMEC, institut de recherche européen, a créé le Calit (Centre de formation avancée en technologies de l’information) afin de proposer une plate-forme pour les événements de haut niveau et les programmes de formation axés sur les thèmes interdisciplinaires tels que la sécurité de l’information.
PCI scope plug-in packs unique memory architecture
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a 14-bit PCI bus digitizer that's capable of sampling two simultaneous analog inputs at rates up to 125-Msamples/s on each channel. A unique dual-port memory architecure lets you set up a realtime data-acq systems under probabilistic operating systems such as Windows.
Politicians jump on fiber-to-the-home bandwagon
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5/10/2005   Post a comment
Several politicians used the announcement of a new market study on the exploding fiber-to-the-home market to harp on the need to upgrade the nation's broadband infrastructure.
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