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Replace your MCU's ADC with a tiny 16-bit ADC that integrates a 10ppm/C reference
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
The LTC2460 ADC makes it easy to replace a microcontroller's embedded ADC with barely any additional board space. It is available in a 3mm x 3mm DFN package (as well as 12-pin MSOP package) and offers very good DC analog performance. Unlike many of the ADCs offered in microcontrollers, its linearity, offset error, and gain error are all tested and guaranteed over the full -40°C to +85°C industrial temperature range.
High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices
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1/28/2009   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of customer focused LXI switch matrices with the introduction of the 60-554 High Density 256x16 EMR (Electromechanical Relay) Matrix.
TTTech rolls TTEthernet evaluation system
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna) has announced the availability of evaluation systems for its real-time based TTEthernet data communication technology. The system enables users to analyze the properties of TTEthernet systems and the development of distributed real-time applications.
StanTronic : USB logic analyser comes with free trial software
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
The LA034 LogicPort from Intronix measures just 140 x 56 x 22 mm and provides a full function logic analyzer with 34 channels, a sampling rate of 500 MHz, and a frequency counter.
Azimuth joins LTE test initiative
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Wireless test vendor Azimuth Systems will join the Long-Term Evolution/System Architecture Evolution Trial Initiative that focuses on accelerating the availability of next-generation LTE mobile broadband systems.
EE Times ACE Awards open to all ESC attendees
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
Award ceremony now open to conference attendees; entry deadline extended to January 30th.
ESC SV Teardown: What killed the Nintendo Virtual Boy?
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1/26/2009   Post a comment
What went wrong with Nintendo's Virtual Boy? Watch the postmortem live at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Fast oscilloscopes enhanced for 3rd generation serial data analysis
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1/20/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix's DSA70000B series is being touted as providing the industry's best signal integrity performance and equipment investment protection.
Agilent : PXI digitizers have high impedance input
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has announced the expansion of its Acqiris high-speed digitizer product line with extended functionality on its PXI digitizers.
32 channel digital PXI I/O module features variable threshold
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1/19/2009   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of PXI modules with the introduction of the 40-412 32-channel digital programmable threshold I/O module.
Anritsu embeds AWR's Microwave Office high-frequency design software into its flagship vector network analyzer
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1/16/2009   Post a comment
AWR and Anritsu Company have announced AWR Connected for Anritsu, which makes Microwave Office high-frequency design software a standard component of Anritsu's latest VectorStar MS4640A vector network analyzer (VNA).
4G LTE eNodeB test signal generator enables LTE user equipment RF and digital baseband testing
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1/15/2009   Post a comment
CellMetric have launched a Long Term Evolution (LTE) eNodeB 4G base station test signal generator, designated Modus 6. The LTE test solution is compliant with Release 8 of the Third Generation Partnership Project standard (3GPP) and supports both Time Domain Duplex (TDD) and Frequency Domain Duplex (FDD) modes.
CARcorder tracks automotive bus signals
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1/14/2009   Post a comment
Ixxat Automation GmbH (Weingarten, Germany) has developed a diagnosis and logging tool for all types of automotive communication bus systems.
JTAG/Boundary Scan platform with controllers for cabled PCI Express
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1/14/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic introduces a controller series compliant with PCI Express External Cabling specification, a new addition to the JTAG/Boundary Scan hardware platform Scanflex.
FormFactor to cut workforce by 22%
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1/13/2009   Post a comment
Probe-card maker FormFactor said it would reduce its workforce by 22 percent as part of a global reorganization and cost reduction plan.
VNA delivers best-in-class dynamic range, measurement speed and frequency coverage over 70 kHz to 70 GHz
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1/13/2009   1 comment
Anritsu Company claims the lead in Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) technology with the introduction of the VectorStar premium series of microwave VNAs, which deliver best-in-class frequency coverage of 70 kHz to 70 GHz, dynamic range of 103 dB at 67 GHz, and measurement speed of 20 µs/point.
Yokogawa : Digital multimeters offer USB communication
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1/13/2009   Post a comment
The Yokogawa TY700 series is a range of handheld digital multimeters which combine high accuracy, performance and reliability with a range of new functions for both electronics and general industrial applications.
Cars share cameras, radar sensors
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1/9/2009   Post a comment
Under the auspices of tier one Delphi Deutschland, a consortium of six companies has launched the research project 'Active Safety Car'. The project aims at developing automotive-based systems that do not only recognize obstacles ahead of the vehicle but also communicate them to other vehicles nearby.
Common Vision Blox V10 enables new dimensions in image processing
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Stemmer Imaging announces Version 10 of the Common Vision Blox (CVB) programming library. In addition to its hardware independence and connection flexibility, Version 10 includes support of Microsoft Windows VISTA plus a new, optimised installation routine.
IR Thermometer with enhanced signal detection and attenuation alarming capabilities
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1/7/2009   Post a comment
Ircon has introduced an enhanced version of its Modline 5R Infrared Thermometer with advanced signal detection and attenuation alarming capabilities. The new Modline 5 Series 5R Ratio Sensors are designed for non-contact infrared temperature measurement applications involving harsh industrial environments.
Automated Visual Inspection - Part 1: Introduction and Review of Object Types
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1/6/2009   Post a comment
An excerpt from the book "Machine Vision: Theory, Algorithms, Practicalities" begins with a look at the process of inspection and the various types of objects that visual inspection systems have to cope with.
NI expecting 11% revenue increase for 2008
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1/2/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments said it expects to report fourth quarter 2008 revenue of $202 million, down 1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 and off 1 percent of the company's low-end guidance provided on Dec. 4.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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