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RF sniffer is a recording spectrum analyzer
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
With renewed interest in the possible deleterious effects of non-ionizing RF radiation on the human body, particularly at cellphone microwave frequencies, Narda Safety Test Solutions's new handheld instrument is a timely product. Especially so now that the FCC and OSHA are in the RF safety exposure game. eeProductCenter's Alex Mendelsohn checks it out.
Le groupe Test d’Agilent forme une coentreprise avec une société chinoise
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. a annoncé la formation d’une coentreprise entre son unité de test et de mesure et la société chinoise Chengdu Qianfeng Electronics Ltd. Corp. afin de développer et de fabriquer des équipements de test pour le marché chinois.
Patented precision signal sources boost clock recovery module's performance
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies is debuting a multi-rate optical/electrical clock-recovery module for its 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer. The new plug-in module performs clock extraction for waveform analysis with continuous, unbanded tuning from 50-Mbis/s out to 13.5-Gbits, with ultra-low residual jitter plus golden PLL operation. After chatting with Agilent, eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn shares his impressions.
Agilent test group forms JV with Chinese company
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced Friday (Jan. 28) the formation of a joint venture between its test and measurement organization and Chengdu Qianfeng Electronics Ltd. Corp. of China to develop and manufacture test equipment for the Chinese market.
Anritsu's RF synthesizers span "DC to daylight"
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1/27/2005   Post a comment
Anritsu's new IEEE-488-compatible RF synthesizers are billed as the highest power synthesizers available, with +17-dBm available power at 20 GHz standard, and +23 dBm as an option. Six models, and gobs of options, cover 0.1-Hz to 67-GHz.
Tek pushes scope performance envelope to 15 GHz
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1/26/2005   Post a comment
Keeping pace with the explosion of high-speed serial communications and RF designs, scope maker Tektronix announces the industry's fastest realtime digital oscilloscope, along with a new probing system to match. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at Tek's 15-GHz scope.
Aeroflex flexes multi-standard cellphone test muscles
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1/24/2005   Post a comment
Like the voracious Pac Man arcade monster (remember him?), test instrumentation house Aeroflex is gobbling up acquisitions---and is changing the name of one of its recently acquired holdings. As it does so, the company is also rolling out an advanced cellular test product for next-generation cellphone makers and implementers.
Nifty mini data-acq pods talk USB
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1/21/2005   Post a comment
National Instruments is kicking up portable USB-based data-acq and control a notch or two. NI's latest data-acq pods dish up eight channels of 12-bit or 14-bit analog input capability, and pack two analog outputs, 12 digital I/O lines, and a counter. Both draw operating power from the USB bus. eeProoductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn offers his notes, along with NI's.
Mini USB board bridges to I2C bus
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
These days, USB impacts everything from memory sticks to test-and-measurement and data-acq. Here's a new product from Saelig that can help you use and embed USB in your next instrumentation and/or data acquisition and control project. The mini interface board comprises a straightforward way to get a drop-in 12-Mbits/s USB interface with your host PC, providing a 5-pin connector for 90-kbit/s I2C serial interfacing.
Data Translation expands its USB data-acq module family
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1/19/2005   Post a comment
A growing family of USB-connected data-acq boards and boxes at Data Translation now includes screw-terminal and embedded versions. Both provide 32 analog-input channels running at an aggregate throughput rate of 500-kHz, using USB v2.0 at 480-Mbits/s.
Freebie board test service underscores efficacy of boundary-scan system
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1/13/2005   Post a comment
IEEE-1149.1 JTAG support company XJTAG Ltd. is now offering a free board test service to prospective users. The company's goal in doing so is to demonstrate the claimed speed, efficiency, and ease-of-use of its Windows-hosted XJTAG boundary scan development system.
LXI-standard thermocouple conditioner is an industry-first
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1/12/2005   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews an industry-first: an LXI-compliant thermocouple conditioner from VXI Technology. Its new rack-mounted box is a 48-channel instrument based upon the emerging LXI standard. With a built-in Web page, this scalable instrument can also communicate across your Ethernet network.
Test set targets 3G handset field tests
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1/11/2005   Post a comment
Have you ever watched how many people walk in and out of a cellphone shop? Have you ever wondered how many of their cellphones are really malfunctioning? Well, test equipment maker Willtek Communications apparently has given some thought to the subject. It's rolling out a test set that can be used by semi-skilled personnel to determine whether a cellular instrument is really bad or not.
Racal publishes 3GPP Release 4 cellphone test cases
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1/11/2005   Post a comment
RF test equipment supplier Racal Instruments Wireless Solutions is now offering many cellphone test cases outlined by standards bodies. These test cases can help you shorten handset development lead times.
Agilent test set gets cdma2000, W-CDMA fade test capability
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
"Can you hear me now?" To ensure users of cellphone and other RF-linked designs don't hear that time-worn awful refrain, make sure your system is resistant to drop-outs due to fading. To help you test designs for fading, Agilent Technologies has some new products that can ease fading tests in the lab.
Virage Logic's memory self-tests
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
Memory maker Virage Logic is debuting a third-generation memory technology called STAR Memory System. STAR is billed as the only commercially available integrated embedded memory self-test and self-repair technology available. Judge for yourself; get the details in this update.
JTAG Tech's latest boundary-scan tools support serially programmable ICs
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1/10/2005   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies, a provider of IEEE-1149.1 boundary-scan products, now broadens its in-system programming support to include a large number of popular types of serially programmable ICs. These include flash and PLDs.
High-voltage I/O module bolsters VXI digital tester
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1/7/2005   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement company Interface Technology is debuting a high-voltage programmable IO module for its VXI system. Leveraging the scalable architecture of the company's existing tester, the new module provides programmable output levels and programmable input thresholds, with a full 24-volt output swing.
Air velocity and temperature meter is accurate at low air speeds
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1/6/2005   Post a comment
Air velocity and temperature measurements, such as those required in ventilation ducts and clean rooms, can be done with a handheld air velocity and temperature measurement meter.
Surface-mount test terminals ease board probing
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1/6/2005   Post a comment
Here's a nifty little surface-mount test terminal that can let you safely hook a probe into tight areas on crowded boards.
10-W amplifier spans 4-GHz to 10.6-GHz
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1/6/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a 10-W microwave amplifier that can be controlled over either a GPIB or RS-232 connection.
Measuring stations sample at up to 1-Gsample/s on up to 270 channels
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1/6/2005   Post a comment
Yokogawa has a new modular measurement system that runs embedded RISC for fast sampling on many channels.
Electrogras lowers fourth quarter guidance
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1/5/2005   Post a comment
Chip equipment tester vendor Electroglas Inc. announced that it expects its financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2004 to be below expectations.
Spring-probe test clips target TSOPII packages
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1/5/2005   Post a comment
If you've ever tenuously probed an expensive IC in a surface-mount package, you'll appreciate a new test adjunct from Emulation Technology. The company is rolling out a test clip designed to clip over surface mounted DDR SDRAMs packaged in TSOPII packages.
Handheld wideband RF spectrum analyzer bolsters portable line-up
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1/5/2005   Post a comment
RF test equipment house Willtek Communications now has a nifty handheld battery-powered spectrum analyzer as part of its ever-growing 9100 Series of multi-function instruments. The latest Model 9102 is designed for both laboratory and field applications where scalar network and spectrum analysis is needed.
Transportable thermal scanner characterizes with a single sensor
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1/5/2005   Post a comment
Running an embedded PC/104-based PC, a lightweight and transportable scanner/datalogger provides rapid and precise measurements of temperature and air velocity for thermally characterizing electronic packages. eeProductCenter's Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports on Advanced Thermal Solutions's latest product.
Characterizing PC audio devices -- some challenges and their solutions
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1/5/2005   6 comments
The ubiquitous PC is no longer just a sophisticated word processor or email tool; it's migrating into a personal jukebox or even the entertainment center of the home. But what level of audio performance do today's PC audio systems actually deliver? While 24-bit converters provide excellent THD+N specs, the PC environment is noisy and even the interconnections can degrade the overall system performance. An Audio Precision engineer offers insights into the measurements manufacturers can make to en
Protocol tester speeds PCI Express design validation
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1/4/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has some measurement innovations for its existing E2960A serial protocol tester/exerciser for PCI Express. The new capabilities impart transaction-layer support with automated protocol checking, error insertion, and realtime performance counters.
RF calibrator crowds out multiple single-function instruments
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1/4/2005   Post a comment
Rohde and Schwarz is rolling out a new measuring receivers that can help calibrate RF signal generators and attenuators. The company's multi-function instruments serve not only as calibrators, but as modulation analyzers, audio analyzers, RF power meters, and spectrum analyzers---all neatly rolled into one box. eeProductCenter's Alex Mendelsohn describes the products.
VCSEL sub-assembly achieves 2.5 Gb/s data rate
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1/3/2005   Post a comment
Optek Technology's 850nm VCSEL targets high-speed communications links in fiber optic test equipment.


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