52-kHz USB module samples sound, vibration Product News 10/27/2006 Post a comment A USB-powered module from Data Translation packs four independent 24-bit IEPE sensor inputs. All are synchronized with a tachometer input to provide data streams matched in time. The module includes a 4-mA current source, and supports AC or DC sampling at rates to 52-kHz.
ITC panel debates cost-of-quality variables News & Analysis 10/26/2006 Post a comment Assessments of the total cost of quality need to take into account reliability, delivery, adherence to requirements, and the quality of the user experience, according to an executive panel at the International Test Conference, where panelists from IBM, Dell, Cisco and AMD debated the shifting priorities for ensuring quality products.
RF vector signal generator is Windows-based Product News 10/26/2006 Post a comment Priced at less than $10,000, a microwave vector signal generator from precisionWave includes an I/Q generator and LCD spectral display. The Windows XP Pro-based unit can be operated on the bench or across a LAN, delivering signals in the 800-MHz and 1.7-GHz bands.
Hardware/software platform ensures Wi-Fi Certification Product News 10/24/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a hardware and software platform that lets you perform certification testing according to the Wi-Fi Alliance Test Engine architecture. The AzCert Wi-Fi Certification Test Suite for Test Engine-enabled devices will be used by Wi-Fi Alliance Authorized Test Laboratories. Product vendors, device manufacturers, and semiconductor vendors can pre-test Station Devices using a common approach.
DVD presents spectrum analysis training Product News 10/23/2006 Post a comment A spectrum analysis tutorial DVD was originally created from an RF product training session day taped over a full eight hours. The DVD tutorial version is trimmed down to three hours, but is nonetheless packed with concise RF engineering and surveying features and tips.
Portable RF power meter provides laboratory accuracy to 6-GHz Product News 10/17/2006 Post a comment RF test equipment maker Keithley Instruments has a new handheld RF power meter that's billed by the company as the first lab-quality meter designed to make RF measurements in both field and lab. The company claims its Model 3500 provides the accuracy of a benchtop low-power RF power meter with the convenience of a portable instrument---at half the price of competing products.
Multi-channel multi-function 100-MHz scope is battery powered Product News 10/16/2006 Post a comment Check out this battery-powered 4-channel oscilloscope that's 600-V CAT III-rated. Displaying up to eight traces, this hand-held instrument can give you five tools, including an FFT spectrum analyzer, true RMS DMM, a power-line harmonic analyzer, and a data recorder. Read the vendor's release notes and eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review.
Test gear helps unravel high-speed serial data knots Product News 10/12/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: Blistering speed distinguishes today's serial data transmission schemes. With productized 2.5-Gbit/s and 3-Gbit/s designs in the field, 5-Gbit/s technologies are on the way. What's more, 12-Gbit/s making its way through standards committees and onto the drawing boards. In lockstep, test-and-measurement houses are dishing up instruments that can analyze and test Gbit/s serial systems.
CSP test socket fits 28 to 40 mm2 devices Product News 10/12/2006 Post a comment Aries Electronics has introduced a CSP test socket for 28 to 40 mm2 devices. The socket is suitable for manual testing of components with pitches down to 0.40 mm such as CSP, MicroBGA, DSP, LGA, SRAM, DRAM, and Flash devices.
Multi-function data-acq boards pack unique control modes Product News 10/10/2006 Post a comment Data-acq equipment vendor Measurement Computing is rolling out eight multi-function data acquisition boards. All eight boards feature a unique low-latency control output mode. It lets any input-analog, digital, or counter control an output-digital, analog, or timer, based on pre-defined limits. Outputs are controlled directly from the board and don't require PC intervention.
Isolated-I/O PCI bus boards support up to 48 signal lines Product News 10/10/2006 Post a comment Look over this line of PCI bus isolated digital I/O cards. Offering a range of 16, 32, or 48 individually optically-isolated inputs or outputs, they're for use in control and instrumentation applications where high-voltage protection is required. They're PCI, PCI-X, 3.3-V, and 5-V-compatible. Individual channel-to-channel isolation permits every channel to be physically and electrically separated from the others.
Amkor takes $106M stock options charge; no Chapter 11 News & Analysis 10/9/2006 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO — Semiconductor test and assembly services provider Amkor Technology Inc. said Friday (Oct. 6) it filed its quarterly report for the quarter ended June 30 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company said the filing cures allegations of default made by holders of more than $1.5 billion in convertible debt and has terminated offers of "consent solicitation" payments.
Serial data analyzer reveals time- and frequency-domain behavior Product News 10/2/2006 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out its DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer sampling oscilloscope, with remote-sampling electrical modules and software to analyze serial data networks. The time-domain-reflectometry instrument and its array of electro-optical modules are claimed to represent "the most significant performance advancement in TDR test technology in 20 years."
Oscilloscope line expands into 2-GHz regime, garners options Product News 10/1/2006 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker LeCroy introduces three new oscilloscope models that expand the bandwidth of the company's existing scope line-up. New probes, and a unique WaveScan feature give you the ability to locate problems by going beyond hardware triggering, integrating algorithms to continuously scan for unusual behaviors. You get up to 20 search modes, including modes for pulse width, frequency, risetime, runt, duty cycle, and setup/hold.
Blog Make a Frequency Plan Tom Burke 17 comments When designing a printed circuit board, you should develop a frequency plan, something that can be easily overlooked. A frequency plan should be one of your first steps ...