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Software speeds Dolby Digital audio testing
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Audio test-and-measurement specialty house Audio Precision now offers Dolby Digital generator software that's capable of up to 10X faster test and verification to Dolby Digital standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the new software and the hardware platform it uses.
Defects driving IC test strategies
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
The IC design and test community's quest to achieve fewer than 100 defective parts per million (DPPM) is becoming more difficult as process technologies move below 100 nanometers.
Defects driving IC test strategies
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
The IC design and test community's quest to achieve fewer than 100 defects per million is becoming more difficult as process technologies move below 100 nanometers.
Adjustable panel meters display zero- and non-zero-based parameters
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Looking to dress up that instrument panel with some flexible and EMI/RFI-resistant digital panel meters? Check out industrial-control component maker Acculex's two new series of RFI/EMI-resistant DPMs. They support ready adjustment of gain and offset, lending themselves to custom process-control applications.
Advantest's profits surge, quarterly sales double
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Japanese ATE giant Advantest Corp. reported net income of 14.6 billion yen (US$137 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30, up from 2.31 billion yen (US$21.6 million) in the like period a year ago.
VMEbus analyzers get shot in the arm
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
A company that lays claim to being the inventor of the first VMEbus analyzer announces an update and expansion of a VME Renaissance-enabled test product. This happens as the VME Renaissance initiative provides a significant upgrade to the more than 20-year-old VMEbus architecture.
JTAG test adjunct to focus on Gbit/s nets
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Adding IEEE-1149.6 boundary-scan functions to its existing JTAG test system, ASSET InterTech will soon be offering the capability to test 1-Gbit/s to 10-Gbit/s serial buses on boards.
Leak Testers - electronically self-calibrate
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Two production-line leek detectors featuring a new electronic technology for self-calibration and system validation (patent pending) are being introduced by InterTech Development Company (IDC).
ITC keynoters say designers need IC yield data
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Speakers at the International Test Conference said IC yields depend as much on chip design issues as on process considerations.
LCD storage scopes are low cost performers
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Want to buy a 250-Msample/s realtime sampling scope with a 1:1 to 100:1 zoom waveform display, and a 4,000-record length for each channel, for just a tad over a kilobuck? If so, check out Protek's latest 100-MHz analog-bandwidth digital storage scopes.
Wireless Telecom Group acquires Willtek
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Wireless Telecom Group (WTT) has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of German wireless test vendor Willtek Communications GmbH, in exchange for $7 million in cash and 8,000,000 shares of WTT common stock. As a result of the proposed acquisition, Willtek will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of WTT.
Magma teams with Mentor and Logic Vision for test tools
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. is ensuring its Blast RTL to GDSII tool lineup works with popular test tools, as the company announced interoperability partnerships with Mentor Graphics and separately with Logic Vision.
Lead ban likely to accelerate obsolescence problems
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
EU proposals to ban the use of lead in electronic equipment are likely to accelerate industrys already growing problem of how it can maintain expensive, long-lifespan equipment when components become obsolete according to the Component Obsolescence Group (COG).
Software promises realtime test, product quality, performance insight
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Enterprise software provider SigmaQuest is rolling out a new product that provides actionable information that can help ensure product intergrity and process integrity. Working with test-and-measurement partners National Instruments, ASSET-InterTech, and Agilent Technologies, the company is dishing up software that's been beta-tested with seven user organizations worldwide. It's billed as Web-architected product-quality and performance-intelligence software.
Microlease renforce ses équipes en France
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Convaincu du dynamisme de la France en matière d’équipements de tests & mesure, Microlease, spécialiste de la location d’équipements électroniques, va revoir l’organisation de son activité en France et étendre ses équipes sur l’ensemble du territoire.
Network Camera Controller - supports 2-megapixel cameras & 30 fps
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Epson has enhanced its line-up of network camera controller ICs that feature a built-in JPEG encoder and camera interface. The latest addition to the line, which enables users to easily and inexpensively build a network camera simply by connecting a camera module to the controller, is the S1S65010.
Safety Tester - designed for the lighting industry
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
The latest addition to the Clare Instruments range of leading edge electrical safety testers is a dedicated tester for the lighting industry. The SafeTest Luminaire has been designed for manufacturers of lighting products who need to meet electrical safety standards.
Electronic loads are computer-controlled
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Here's a series of electronic loads, suited to the testing of large batteries, power supplies, fuel cells, or other DC power equipment.
Digital Cameras - with CameraLink interface
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Sony Europe's Image Sensing Solutions Division announced a range of digital cameras conforming to the CameraLink interface standard, including ultra-compact, lightweight VGA and XGA versions, and high-resolution variants for use in applications such as microscopy, medical imaging and education.
Switch/measure unit is an alternative to PXI, VXI platforms
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies introduces a low cost high performance alternative to modular test and measurement systems such as VXI and PXI switch/measure platforms.
Veriwave automates 802.11 conformance tests
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
WLAN performance-analysis tool supplier VeriWave is rolling out what it says is the industry's first automated conformance tester for IEEE-802.11 Access Points and clients. The test suites execute on VeriWave's WaveTest Traffic Generator/Performance Analyzer, which we recently reviewed here at eeProductCenter.
JTAG debug product promises multi-fold advantages
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
Here's a new approach to JTAG testability. It reduces the number of JTAG pins required to just one. The system immediately lets you test and debug devices with standard JTAG interfaces using only one device pin, an essential feature for low pin-count devices.
Industry-first PCI Express image-acq board set to debut
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
By leveraging the capabilities of PCI Express, a soon-to-be-released plug-in board from National Instruments will let you acquire high-speed data indefinitely through a widely available PC bus. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor gives us a preview.
LeCroy: Tastköpfe und Tools zur Erhaltung der Signalintegrität
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
LeCroy stellt neue Differenztastköpfe (3 GHz und 6 GHz) und eine Reihe von Zubehör für seine Hochleistungs-Oszilloskope (DSOs) und Serial Data Analyzer (SDA) vor, die die Genauigkeit der Signalintegritätsmessungen und die Einfachheit der Nutzung wesentlich verbessern.
ITU-T agrees to Agilent-initiated SONET/SDH jitter receiver accuracy draft
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
SONET/SDH testers take note! At a meeting of the ITU, its Jitter Working Party has just agreed to a draft of a method for verification of measurement result accuracy and intrinsic fixed errors, proposed by instrument maker Agilent Technologies.
Agilent cuts 100 jobs in Colorado plant
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10/19/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has cut 100 jobs, or 11 percent of its work force, from its circuit plant in Fort Collins, Colo., citing slow demand for semiconductor products and a push to trim costs, the company confirmed Tuesday.
Test System Accessories - verify test set-ups prior to testing
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
The Electronics Division of PCB Piezotronics offers several options for verifying test set-ups prior to actual testing, including sensor simulators, step function generators, and portable, handheld shakers
TEDS Pressure Sensors - are self-identifying transducers
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
The Pressure Division of PCB Piezotronics offers pressure sensors and signal conditioners that support the TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet) IEEE P1451.4 standard. TEDS sensors are self-identifying transducers that contain fields that fully describe the type, operation, and attributes of the transducer, and are typically used in large channel count testing such as acoustic array applications.
Le Lycée Diderot s’allie à NI pour la création du 1er centre d’instrumentation virtuelle en France
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10/15/2004   Post a comment
Nouvel exemple de rapprochement entre l’enseignement supérieur et l’industrie : le Lycée Diderot annonce l’ouverture prochaine d’un centre d’instrumentation virtuelle, conjointement avec divers industriels. National Instruments (NI), spécialiste de l’instrumentation virtuelle, sera l’un d’entre eux.
Focus On: Dedicated test gear eases WLAN testing
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
As Bluetooth and IEEE-802.11 systems proliferate, designers are finding that dedicated test sets can ensure that products conform to part, or all, of a protocol's specifications. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews recent test-and-measurement products that promise to ease WLAN testing and ensure compliance with published WLAN specs.
LogicVision to acquire DFM yield specialist SiVerion
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10/14/2004   Post a comment
Embedded software test specialist LogicVision Inc. on Thursday (Oct. 14) said it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SiVerion Inc. a provider of parametric yield analysis solutions.
Miniature module adapts IEEE-488 test gear for USB
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10/13/2004   Post a comment
Although a lot of test equipment and automated test suites are now fully operational solely under USB, there sure is a lot of perfectly usable IEEE-488/GPIB test gear out there. Here's a USB-to-GPIB controller module that should prove cost-effective and useful in extending the life of test equipment that might otherwise be deemed obsolete.
Software version adds eye mask testing for cable compliance tests
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10/13/2004   Post a comment
Interconnect link-analysis software vendor TDA Systems is debuting version 3.1 of its popular IConnect TDR and VNA software. The new release provides eye-mask capability for compliance testing on cable assemblies, and supports measurement of jitter, as well as eye opening.
How Much Bandwidth Does Your Logic Analyzer Need?
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10/13/2004   Post a comment
There is much confusion when it comes to discussing bandwidth and logic analyzers. It is imperative that digital system designers can trust their logic analyzer in order to achieve the fastest time-to-market. As frequencies continue to rise, the logic analyzer front-end needs to be treated with the same analog delicateness as an oscilloscope. In this feature article, Agilent Technologies' Brock J. LaMeres discusses the three techniques to translate a digital signal into analog metrics.
USB-connected modules and PC software convert PCs into oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers
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10/12/2004   Post a comment
With all of the news lately about leading-edge multi-gigaHertz-bandwidth oscilloscopes breaking the sound barrier, it's energizing to see that Pico Technology continues to address the lower end of the lab instrumentation spectrum with its range of new PC-hosted oscilloscopes. Selling for between about $700 and $1400, the company's latest scopes are intriguing instruments with features you'd expect on conventional bench scopes---and then some.
Broadband VNA touts best-in-class measurement trace noise
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10/11/2004   Post a comment
Working with microwave RFICs? Covering 40 MHz to 110 GHz in a single fast sweep, Anritsu's newest broadband vector network analyzer has a dynamic range of up to 12-dB, and an ultra-low phase-noise capability that reduces high level noise for measurements in the banded millimeter wave ranges.
Portable 3G tester checks handsets, networks
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Here's a nomadic addition to Racal Instruments Wireless Solutions' test suite that expands the company's range of communications protocol and parametric test systems. Best of all, the new test set will let you carry signaling protocol tests into the field, even up towers and to remote cell sites.
National Instruments intros industry-first PCI Express-to-GPIB plug-in
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
The ability to leverage new technologies with minimal disruption---an inherent benefit of virtual instrumentation---is realized in an industry-first GPIB/IEEE-488 controller for PCI Express. You can now control your GPIB instruments through PCI Express, with a suite of software development tools to get applications up and running quickly.
Saelig rolls out dual-channel USB scope adapter
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Debuting on the heels of the Swordfishoscilloscope "probe," the Stingray is a dual-channel digital oscilloscope adapter for PCs. Available from Saelig Co.,. it samples at 1-Msample/s with 12-bit precision and is powered from your PC's USB port.
Contact Temperature Meter - accurate from -200 to 1300°C
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
With the Tastotherm Profi-Series, Infrapoint offers a precise instrument for temperature measurement by touching the object. These compact and universal hand held units measure at a high accuracy level in a temperature range between "200 and 1300°C.
Mobile Pressure Calibration Lab - powered by standard PALM PDA
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Huber Instrumente presents an innovative on-site calibration system for pressure gauges, transmitters, transducers and switches. The product consists of a palm sized calibrator with quick-change reference sensors of class 0.04 % with ranges between 500 Pa and 70 MPa.
USB Swordfish probe, plus your PC, fishes for signals
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Sometimes you need a simple piece of low-bandwidth test gear, especially when initially probing around a circuit the first time you fire your prototype up on the bench. You may want to see if it's dead or alive, or simply look for the presence of a clock or other key signal. To help do that, test equipment supplier Saelig now offers a unique handheld USB-powered probe that combines the functions of a 5-MHz oscilloscope, a 20-ksample/s datalogger, a spectrum analyzer, a voltmeter, and a fr
50-ohm coaxial cable assemblies pack MICTOR connectors
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
High-speed designs are encouraging designers to use 38-pin MICTOR connectors that are typically embedded on boards to permit monitoring of signals during design and debug to feed signals to a logic analyzer or oscilloscope. In response, Emulation Technology is rolling out some new high-speed 50-ohm coaxial cable assemblies with 38-pin MICTOR connectors attached.
National Instruments revoit à la baisse ses objectifs de ventes
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments (Austin) a annoncé mardi (4 octobre) un chiffre d’affaires préliminaire de 125 millions de dollars pour le troisième trimestre 2004, soit une hausse de 20% par rapport au troisième trimestre 2003. La société avait initialement annoncé une croissance comprise entre 21% et 25%.
VMETRO to acquire DSP supplier Transtech
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
VMETRO Inc. (Houston) has agreed to acquire UK-based digital signal processing solutions provider Transtech DSP Ltd., in a stock transaction.
Credence lowers forecast amid ATE slowdown
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Following a major slowdown in its automatic test equipment (ATE) business, Credence Systems Corp. lowered its outlook for its fiscal fourth quarter ending October 31.
Agilent rolls USB-to-RS232 and LAN-to-USB connectivity for instruments
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Need extended plug-and-play instrument connectivity? Then check out Agilent Technologies' latest wares. As part of its existing System-Ready Test pholosophy, the company is debuting some nifty ready-to-use USB-to-RS-232 and LAN-to-USB interfaces.
Catalyst debuts freebie automated compliance test suite
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Development tool supplier Catalyst Enterprises is debuting a collection of automated compliance verification tests for the company's widely deployed SPX Analyzer/Exerciser hardware. For a limited time, this one's a freebie!
Kit helps seamlessly migrate PXI for test, data-acq
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology is rolling out a product for integrating PXI platforms in data-acquisition or automated measurement systems. Its chasses and cards function as transparent PCI-to-PCI bridges, giving you direct control of PXI from another PC, or multi-chassis PXI systems.
UMTS protocol testers pack C++ interfaces
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Besides WCDMA conformance testing, the R&S CRTU-W from Rohde & Schwarz can now also be used for signalling tests in research and development. In addition to TTCN test cases, a new, flexible C++ programming interface (MLAPI) is available for the protocol tester.
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