RF sniffer is a recording spectrum analyzer Product News 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.
Patented precision signal sources boost clock recovery module's performance Product News 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 News & Analysis 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" Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
LXI-standard thermocouple conditioner is an industry-first Product News 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 Product News 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.
Agilent test set gets cdma2000, W-CDMA fade test capability Product News 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 Product News 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.
High-voltage I/O module bolsters VXI digital tester Product News 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.
Spring-probe test clips target TSOPII packages Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Design How-To 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
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.