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52-kHz USB module samples sound, vibration
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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
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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
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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.
Scope probe converts complementary differential signals into single-ended sigs
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
Tektronix has a differential scope probe with 13-GHz bandwidth and an extended termination voltage range. The SMA-connector probe can be used for serial bus validation and compliance testing. It converts complementary differential signals into single-ended ones for feeding a scope channel.
Cisco applies test strategy globally
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10/25/2006   Post a comment
At the International Test Conference, a Cisco Systems executive detailed Cisco's "trust but verify" strategy for test.
Hardware/software platform ensures Wi-Fi Certification
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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
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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.
National Instruments spins free LabVIEW drivers for wireless sensor networks
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10/23/2006   Post a comment
Working with RF-based sensors? Then consider this freebie announcement from National Instruments. It's extending the popular LabVIEW graphical programming environment to wireless sensors from Accsense, Accutech, and Crossbow Technology.
IEEE-1149.6 boundary-scan extended to high-speed digital networks
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of support for testing under the IEEE-Std.-1149.6 for advanced digital networks. The 1149.6 standard is an extension to the original 1149.1 boundary-scan spec. It overcomes test limitations associated with digital interfaces such as LVDS and AC-coupled networks.
Battery health, HIL, and robots For Xmas
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
The end of the Convergence 2006 conference saw no letup in interesting automotive (and other) electronics developments.
Windows JTAG software eases production boundary-scan testing
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
JTAG test vendor Corelis announces two software products that are IEEE-1149.1 test execution packages. Both use a simplistic software interface that lets non-technical users perform JTAG testing in production settings.
RFI starts SMIA conformance testing for camera modules
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
RFI Global Services Ltd (RFI) has become the first laboratory to be approved by the founder members of the SMIA forum, Nokia and STMicroelectronics, to test handset camera module compliance to the SMIA standard.
Rohde & Schwarz signal analyzer now handles WiMAX OFDMA
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
The FSQ-K93 option for the company's signal analyzer also supports WiBro, a variant of the WiMAX standard, as well as IEEE 802.16 OFDM.
Portable RF power meter provides laboratory accuracy to 6-GHz
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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
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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.
Agilent rolls WiMAX test solutions
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
The ADS Library can be used in conjunction with the company's spectrum analyzer, vector signal analysis software and vector signal generator.
Handheld RF analyzer gets WiMAX measuring hooks
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Test equipment maker Anritsu introduces Fixed WiMAX IEEE-802.16-2004 test options for one of its existing handheld RF analyzers. These options let you make Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access measurements.
Test gear helps unravel high-speed serial data knots
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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
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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.
Rohde & Schwarz delivers WiMAX solution
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
One option allows the owner to configure the system to suit specific measurement scenarios.
Multi-function data-acq boards pack unique control modes
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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
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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.
OpEd: Six things every engineer should know about choosing a wireless test platform
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10/10/2006   Post a comment
A key consideration is whether the DUT is a commodity or sophisticated device because sometimes a COTS card is all you need.
Amkor takes $106M stock options charge; no Chapter 11
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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.
OpEd: How to select your next spectrum analyzer
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10/3/2006   Post a comment
Do you test a design because you want it to PASS, or do you test to look for what might FAIL?
Serial data analyzer reveals time- and frequency-domain behavior
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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
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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.


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