14-bit A/D reaches 190 Msamples/s Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) unveiled a 14-bit, 190 Msamples/second analog-to-digital (A/D) converter that is said to provide strong dynamic performance and low power dissipation.
TETRA option enhances radio test set Product News 11/30/2005 Post a comment Test instrumentation house Aeroflex announces the availability of a TETRA Direct Mode option for its existing 3900 Series RF test platform TETRA is based on digital Private Mobile Radio and Public Access Mobile Radio technologies. The option gives a 3900 comprehensive direct mode call setup and parametric testing capabilities.
Here come 10-bit 4-Gsample/s RF digitizers Product News 11/29/2005 Post a comment Got the need for data-conversion speed? Slated for RF and ATE applications, data conversion instrument maker Acqiris is readying what it claims will be the world's first 10-bit 4-Gsample/s digitizers. These 3U-sized PXI digitizers will exhibit input bandwidths up to 3 GHz.
USB box works as general-purpose hardware resource Product News 11/29/2005 Post a comment Here's a plug-and-play instrument using realtime embedded processing power that can operate as a bi-directional I/O system. Each pin or signal can be individually defined as an input, an output, or as a bi-directional line. A Windows interface communicates to your PC through a plug-and-play USB interface. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
TDNA approach simplifies S-parameter compliance testing Design How-To 11/28/2005 Post a comment Cable-assembly compliance-testing procedures for high-speed digital standards increasingly require S-parameter measurements for key parameters. Time-domain network analysis offers benefits compared to using a traditional, frequency-based Vector Network Analyzer. The advantage of TDNA techniques compared to frequency-domain VNA is substantially lower costs.
32-channel data-acq card packs its own clock Product News 11/22/2005 Post a comment Using either the PCI bus or a dedicated FPDP II link, a 5-Msample/s A/D card packs as many as 32 channels of data conversion. The system eliminates the need for auxiliary clocking by including a programmable clock source on-board.
Software makes RF test gear play Product News 11/21/2005 Post a comment Focus-On: Myriad test equipment and a variety of approaches encompass RF test. Software figures prominently. Application-oriented executables that run on RF hardware such as oscilloscopes and digitizers, as well as software-only emulators, comprise state-of-the-art test platforms. Here's a cross-section of some recent new products that reflect the trend.
Portable data logger supports Internet Protocol v6 Product News 11/21/2005 Post a comment The Datum-y XL100 portable data logger from Yokogawa has a range of communications capabilities, and claims to be the world's first measuring instrument to support the IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) logo. Measuring 155 x 56 x 155 mm and weighing around 800 grams, the instrument is suited to field service and maintenance applications.
Optical power meter takes 100,000-readings/s Product News 11/18/2005 Post a comment As Internet paths get faster, optical test equipment is increasingly called upon to measure both passive and active lightwave components. Here's an instrument that provides both speed and repeatability when measuring fiber optic systems. It can be used on the bench or in ATE racks.
Logic analyzers probe Altera FPGAs using JTAG Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Working with Altera FPGAs? Then check out this software for Tektronix logic analyzers that enables realtime debugging. You can select a specific group of signals to be probed, without needing to recompile the FPGA file.
RF-tight enclosures are miniature screen rooms Product News 11/16/2005 Post a comment Ever wished you had an RF-tight screen room in your lab? If you're working with RF (especially receiving systems) and you don't have one, fret no more; there's an alternative. Azimuth Systems has a line of RF isolation enclosures that can help you test multiple-input-multiple-output Rf systems. Its RF-proof enclosures mount in standard 19-in. racks, or they can sit on your bench.
Measurement bits test WLAN and GSM/EDGE RFIC, mobile handsets Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment As cellphones and handhelds increasingly connect into wireless local area networks, test-and-measurement house Aeroflex responds with a measurement suite that can be of use by developers of WLAN-connected products. The company is also expanding features of its existing GSM/EDGE measurement software.
World's first commercial HSUPA tester? Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Here's news of what is claimed to be the world's first commercially available test system for High Speed Uplink Packet Access. The product provides support for 3GPP Release 6 HSUPA wireless.
Modular power system expands to 1.2-kW Product News 11/15/2005 Post a comment Expanding its line of modular power sources, Agilent Technologies is rolling out four new ultra-fast modules and two mainframes that extend to 1200-W. With these products, the company claims it's now the industry leader in the number of outputs and amount of power that can be packed into a 1U-sized rack-mountable system.
PCI Express board acquires images from two cameras Product News 11/11/2005 Post a comment Check out this image acquisition plug-in board that can acquire images from two independent base-configuration Camera Link cameras. Using PCI Express, this system can acquire images at speeds up to 255-Mbytes/s with clock rates up to 85-MHz.
Network-transparent modules implement remote JTAG testing Product News 11/10/2005 Post a comment Here's news of an IEEE-1149.1 test product that makes it possible to execute boundary-scan tests on targets with test-clock frequencies of up to 40-MHz, over an unlimited distance, across asynchronous network paths. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Boundary-scan test goes into MicroTCA spec Product News 11/9/2005 Post a comment By being the first boundary-scan IEEE-1149.1/JTAG company to join the PICMG, ASSET InterTech is helping to define a system-level JTAG architecture as part of the MicroTCA standard. MicroTCA promises small system footprint, low power, small module size, low cost, and advanced management facilities.
Agilent waveform generator now supported by LabVIEW Product News 11/8/2005 Post a comment Test equipment maker Agilent Technologies says its existing arbitrary waveform generator now works with National Instruments's popular LabVIEW graphical programming environment. LabVIEW provides instrument control for the AWG, and reduces test program development by eliminating the need to learn text-based programming protocols.
Nomadic tester option checks electromagnetic near-fields Product News 11/8/2005 Post a comment Everyone who works with any reasonably high level of RF should be concerned about near-field radiation, whether it’s to ensure conformance with regulatory limits, or whether it’s health-related. If that's you, check out Willtek Communications's handheld tester and new options. Together they can help you make the appropriate electromagnetic field measurements.
inTest posts strong quarter News & Analysis 11/2/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor automatic test equipment (ATE) interface solutions supplier inTest Corp. reported net income of $0.4 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $16.4 million in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
Plug-and-play USB modules tout simultaneous-channel data conversion, digital I/O Product News 11/2/2005 Post a comment Here's an industry-first in data acquisition. A line of plug-and-play boards and modules give you true simultaneous analog data acquisition---with no MUXing. Playing on a USB 2.0 network, up to a dozen separate 16-bit A/D channels operate with less than 1-ns aperture uncertainty. All analog and digital sub-system functions sample simultaneously to yield a data throughput of 225-kHz/channel.
Low-cost box converts PC into network analyzer Product News 11/1/2005 Post a comment Ten-Tec's got a new RF vector network analyzer that's low in cost but provides quite a few of the capabilities of pricey bench-top analyzers that cost thousands. This unit works with your PC, covering 200-kHz to 120-MHz.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 12 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...