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Nomadic RF Spectrum Analyzer Doubles As Power Meter
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10/31/2003   Post a comment
eeProductCenter tech editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews a battery-powwred multi-function spectrum analyzer that doubles as an RF power meter.
Custom Test-Fixture Boards Help Grapple With BGAs
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10/31/2003   Post a comment
Trouble testing BGA designs? Check out these custom-engineered microchip-socketed test fixture boards that are intended to electrically interface your test gear to BGAs.
Designers are taking back the JTAG test bus!
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10/30/2003   Post a comment
It's not just for test anymore: Recent extensions to JTAG not only enhance its test coverage, but also make it useful for design as well, says this National Semiconductor technologist. Suppliers of CPLD's and FPGA's were quick to support IEEE 1532 standard for Boundary-Scan-based In-System-Configuration of programmable devices. Now designers have a way to develop flexible systems where functionality can be adapted to a specific customer or application, he says.
Geotest Rolls High Density PXI RF Mux
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
At AUTOTESTCON 2003, test equipment maker Geotest-Marvin Test Systems rolled out its Model GX6062 PXI high-density RF multiplexer. The GX6062 product offers 12 groups of 1:4 multiplexers that can be software-controlled to provide various configurations---all maintaining a full 200 MHz of bandwidth.
Measurement Accord Boon To Nano-Tech
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Precision instrumentation vendor Keithley Instruments and Zyvex ink an agreement that's expected to hasten the development and deployment of nano-technologies.
Agilent Expands Measurement Range of Spectrum Analyzers Out To 325 GHz
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Test equipment vendor Agilent Technologies has enhancements to its PSA Series of high-performance spectrum analyzers. The hardware and software enhancements increase measurement frequency range from 50-GHz to as high as 325-GHz.
Anritsu Accord With TestMart Part of Mil/Gov Plan
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement company Anritsu inks an accord with service provider TestMart. Under the terms of the pact, TestMart will provide government marketplace services to Anritsu, part of a plan to better serve military personnel, government users, and contractors.
New Bits Help Document, Analyze Data On Tektronix Oscilloscopes
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Oscilloscope giant Tektronix has some nifty new hardware and software options---including CompactFlash mass storage---for its TDS1000, TDS2000 and TDS3000B Series of value digital scopes.
National Instruments Enhances Design and Simulation Software
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
National Instruments announces a product called MATRIXx 6.3. Priced at just under $1700 a pop, it's billed as the company's first release of the control design and simulation software suite it acquired back in January. With updates and enhancements, it's also an initial step in National Instruments long-term plan for MATRIXx support.
Agilent Test Gear Enables Huge SONET Stress Test
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies says its equipment played a key role in conducting the industry's largest stress test on an optical core-to-edge transport network. Agilent's OmniBER XM network simulator was used during the test to simulate and measure worst-case failure and recovery results.
Free Software Upgrades EDGE Cellphone Testers
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement equipment vendor Willtek Communications GmbH is now giving out free software for the company's test gear that lets technicians at service centers rapidly test and align the transmitter sections of EDGE-capable mobile phones.
LeCroy Upgrades Serial Data Capture/Analysis
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10/29/2003   Post a comment
High-speed o'scope maker LeCroy Corp. upgrades its Serial Data Analyzer instruments with a serial data trigger. With this news, LeCroy claims its upgrade is the fastest serial data pattern trigger in the oscilloscope industry.
Why Telecom Test Equipment Must Target The Factory Floor
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10/28/2003   Post a comment
Although measurement integrity and reproducibility are important attributes for production testing, instrument accuracy can be taken as an article of faith these days. That can let you turn your attention to factors such as productivity, space, and cost, says Mark Hoersten, VP of Business Management at Keithley Instruments.
USB Data-Acq Attack
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Legacy PC users may miss them, but most new PCs are devoid of parallel printer ports, and in many cases even the venerable serial I/O connector. Universal Serial Bus is taking center stage, as Centronix and RS-232 conventions fade into PC history.
Communications Test Equipment Evolves In Hard Times
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10/22/2003   Post a comment
Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn summarizes the state of the industry with respect to communications-oriented test-and-measurement. Despite a sluggish economy (or perhaps because of it), test gear continues to get better, faster, and cheaper.
EMI from the Ground Up: Maxwell to CISPR
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10/7/2003   Post a comment
Sooner or later, every power supply designer finds this out for himself --- that if anything has the potential to cause a return to the drawing board at the very last moment, it is either a thermal issue, a safety related issue, or a stubborn EMI problem, says National Semiconductor's Sanjaya Maniktala, in the introduction to this multi-part series on EMI effects. In Part 1, here, Sanjaya offers insights into the European and ISO standards that mandate analysis of board level signals. Part 2 sho


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