Software speeds Dolby Digital audio testing Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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.
VMEbus analyzers get shot in the arm Product News 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.
LCD storage scopes are low cost performers Product News 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 News & Analysis 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.
Lead ban likely to accelerate obsolescence problems News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Digital Cameras - with CameraLink interface Product News 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.
Veriwave automates 802.11 conformance tests Product News 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 Product News 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.
Agilent cuts 100 jobs in Colorado plant News & Analysis 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.
TEDS Pressure Sensors - are self-identifying transducers Product News 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.
Focus On: Dedicated test gear eases WLAN testing Product News 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.
Miniature module adapts IEEE-488 test gear for USB Product News 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.
How Much Bandwidth Does Your Logic Analyzer Need? News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
USB Swordfish probe, plus your PC, fishes for signals Product News 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 Product News 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 News & Analysis 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%.
Kit helps seamlessly migrate PXI for test, data-acq Product News 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 Product News 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.