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Programmable logic, SoC simplify power steering, accessory control
Design How-To  
1/31/2012   1 comment
Using an integrated system-on-chip reduces both product and project costs.
Waveform analyzer plug-in smokes at 50 GHz/32 Gbps so engineers can stay cool
Product News  
1/31/2012   Post a comment
Agilent 86108B module for 86100C/D scope has jitter below 50 fsec, targets highest-speed Ethernet, optical, Fibre Channel links
PCB debug and test event
Blog  
1/29/2012   1 comment
I just heard about the ElectroTestExpo2012, which could be of particular interest for my UK friends.
Modularity provides functional, economical tire-pressure monitoring
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   4 comments
A building block approach allows mixing and matching features in affordable tire pressure monitoring system packages.
Plight of the Tester
Design Contests & Competitions  
1/26/2012   3 comments
A December caption winner has been picked and the challenge has been tossed out to suggest a better method of narrowing the caption choices. Chime in!
Tektronix power sensors/meters speed measurements
Product News  
1/26/2012   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced compact RF and microwave power sensors/meters that increase measurement speed, cover a wide frequency range, and provide extensive power measurements from basic average power to pulse profiling.
Test mobile devices by emulating the radio channel
Design How-To  
1/26/2012   Post a comment
Emulating a radio channel's fading in the lab is essential for testing throughput in the multiple-antenna systems used in cellular LTE and IEEE 802.11ac devices.
Testing modern MIMO Wi-Fi and LTE radios
Design How-To  
1/26/2012   4 comments
Testing MIMO radios requires new-generation over-the-air (OTA) technology.
EDA/IP Weekly Roundup – Jan 25th
Blog  
1/25/2012   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics, Packet Plus, Synopsys, Carbon Design and Arteris made the lineup today. See here for their news…
DesignCon 2012 Panel: Test gurus Tektronix Agilent LeCroy National Instruments share vision to accelerate your ‘time to answer’
Blog  
1/25/2012   Post a comment
The countdown begins: On Wednesday next at DesignCon 2012 http://www.designcon.com I’ll be moderating a panel comprising four of the sharpest minds in the electronics industry as they explore the cutting edge of technology and what it means for you, the test engineer.
Use high-speed data acquisition systems to measure transient electrical events
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
A transient electrical event, such as a lightning strike, requires a high-speed, high-accuracy, isolated data acquisition system to ensure measurement safety, accuracy and reliability.
MOST150 points to technology tipping point
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
Carefully balancing technological possibilities, real market requirements, and economic considerations, it is important to show a clear cost-down technological roadmap. But several aspects need to be addressed, including data transport capacity (bitrate), physical media, and topology options.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks
Product News  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
Standards define test impulses, mostly
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
How a standard defines a voltage or current pulse greatly influences wave shape.
Managing test code provides flexibility
Design How-To  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
Software development in a dynamic analog R&D environment requires sophisticated project management to meet tough time challenges.
Single/multiphase energy-measurement IC eases smart-grid transition for utility meters
Product News  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
CS548x/9x family from Cirrus Logic provides high-accuracy analog front end, internal calculation engine, and I/O
High-tech conference promises help with design
Memory Designline Blog  
1/24/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 starts January 30 and ends February 2nd in the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Webinar: Power Issues for Chip and Board
Social Mania  
1/23/2012   Post a comment
This is going to be a great webinar about power, power integrity and everything associated with power. Sign up now and don’t miss this one!
Anritsu analyzer offers portable accuracy
Product News  
1/23/2012   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced an NBFM for its LMR Master S412E handheld analyzer that measures narrowband analog FM (NBFM) land mobile radio (LMR) system performance.
Auto show musings
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
1/23/2012   14 comments
You may have missed these under reported developments coming from the recent auto shows.
Software tests high-speed compliance for real-time scopes
Product News  
1/23/2012   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has released high-speed inter-chip (HSIC) compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes.
Ultracapacitor boasts 3,000F, low ESR in rugged design
Product News  
1/20/2012   2 comments
MIL spec qualified ultracap designed for auto, transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial, and consumer markets.
Wire we fixing this
Engineering Investigations  
1/19/2012   5 comments
Dwight has a story from his academic years and work done at a company that "built just about anything."
Upcoming Conferences: calls and more – Jan 19th
The Engineering Life - Around the Web  
1/19/2012   Post a comment
Conference related information, calls for papers, contributions and participation are all found here…
Leverage Ethernet to improve passenger safety, comfort, and convenience
Design How-To  
1/19/2012   4 comments
As homes become more digitally sophisticated, consumers are developing higher expectations for connectivity and greater levels of safety and comfort in their home away from home—their vehicle. As a result, in-vehicle electronics are growing in number and complexity. Collision warning, comfort controls, infotainment, and advanced driver assistance are just some of today’s sophisticated and diverse applications generating an increasing need for bandwidth and connectivity within and between in-vehi
A DIY microcontroller-based functional tester
Design How-To  
1/18/2012   4 comments
Save money by embedding test capabilities into fixtures, enclosures, or larger systems.
Health monitoring system features body-worn wireless sensors
News & Analysis  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
The Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor incorporates a miniaturised body-worn sensor designed on a ‘wear and forget’ principle that senses, records, processes and transmits data from the human body.
Advantest utilizes terahertz technology to test diesel emissions
News & Analysis  
1/17/2012   1 comment
Advantest announced the launch of a solutions business for diesel emission after-treatment analysis systems. The service relies on the company's proprietary technology used in its TAS7000 terahertz (THz) wave 3D imaging analysis system.
High-speed inter-chip compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes
Product News  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has released what the company believes to be the first commercially available High-Speed Inter-Chip (HSIC) compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes.
Anritsu Cell Master and Spectrum Master enhanced for LTE field test requirements
Product News  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has enhanced the MT8212E/MT8213E Cell Master and MS2712E/MS2713E Spectrum Master handheld analyzers with new measurement capabilities and improved overall performance to address the rollout of 4G technologies, including TD-LTE.
Pulse waveform generator offers trigger jitter lower than 100ps
Product News  
1/17/2012   Post a comment
Tabor Electronics has upgraded its Pulse Master Series with the PM8571A and PM8572A single and dual channel pulse waveform generators.
DC/DC converter handles load-dump and cold-crank conditions
Product News  
1/16/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology adds step-down switching regulator that delivers 3.5A and transient protection to 60V.
The Fast Track to 3D-IC Testing
Design How-To  
1/16/2012   2 comments
Despite substantial progress toward realizing 3D-IC systems, a variety of design, manufacturing, packaging, and testing issues still need to be addressed...
Renesas Electronics 405nm blue-violet laser diode, the NV4V31MF.
Product News  
1/12/2012   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories are now sampling a high precision 405nm blue-violet laser diode, the NV4V31MF.
Capacitive proximity detection spurs automotive convenience features
Design How-To  
1/12/2012   4 comments
A broad range of motion detection depends on an astute application of technology. Moisture and rapid temperature changes are challenges.
Liquidated damages
Engineering Investigations  
1/11/2012   10 comments
Sometimes it's necessary to resort to a bit of stealth work to preserve your reputation...
Rapidly expanding test applications drive SMU technology
Design How-To  
1/11/2012   Post a comment
Since their introduction more than two decades ago, source measurement units (SMUs) have evolved into a category of multi-purpose instruments that are regularly called upon to address a rapidly expanding array of electronics industry applications.
An introduction to the technology behind LTE Release 9
Design How-To  
1/11/2012   Post a comment
The LTE technology as specified within 3GPP Release 8 was first commercially deployed by end 2009. Since then the number of operators implementing the technology is strongly increasing around the globe. LTE has become the fastest developing mobile system technology. The same way GSM and WCDMA have been enhanced with additional features over time, LTE is continuously worked on. Initial enhancements have been included in 3GPP Release 9 and are described in this white paper.
Toyota accelerations revisited—hanging by a (tin) whisker
Design How-To  
1/10/2012   18 comments
Several accelerator pedal position sensors had tin whiskers that could cause short circuits.
HTML5 platform for infotainment systems debuts at CES
Product News  
1/9/2012   1 comment
QNX software platform allows automakers to customize user experience and leverage rapidly evolving mobile applications.
Forty-nm flash memory IP developed for automotive real-time applications
Product News  
1/7/2012   Post a comment
MONOS technology is scalable and provides reliability and performance.
Fluorescence imaging improves prostate cancer diagnosis
Design How-To  
1/5/2012   1 comment
Understand how a combination of electronic and optical techniques combine for a more effective instrument for this complex imaging challenge
Define drain-current conditions when calculating power for multi-core SoCs
Design How-To  
1/5/2012   Post a comment
Automotive electronics for safety applications are increasingly implementing multi-CPU architectures with on-chip redundancy to ensure applications using minimal software overhead. Such redundancy is good for safety, but on the other hand has disadvantages such as higher die area, noise, and power consumption.
Out of Europe: Top auto electronics articles 2011
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   Post a comment
As with elsewhere in the world, there is interest in EV and hybrid electric technologies.
Top ten Audio Designline articles for 2011
Audio DesignLine Blog  
1/3/2012   Post a comment
Here are the top ten (most popular) technical articles on Audio Designline during 2011.
Understand and characterize envelope-tracking power amplifiers
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   6 comments
In contrast to fixed supply PAs, the performance of an ET PA is not ‘self contained’ and requires substantially more data to be gathered to predict system performance.
EU research project looks into testing of distributed functions over the Internet
Research  
1/1/2012   2 comments
Embedded systems are increasingly networked with the internet. An example is the steady development of car-to-x services in the automotive industry. In order to roll out this type of applications on a broad scale, automatic testing will be an important building block.


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