Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability Product News 11/30/2006 Post a comment ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000 Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope? Product News 11/29/2006 Post a comment PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
USB data acquisition module is optically-isolated Product News 11/21/2006 Post a comment ACCES I/O Products' USB embedded data acquisition module (USB-IIRO4-2SM) incorporates four optically isolated digital inputs, four Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relay outputs, and two RS-232/422/485 serial communication ports, all packaged in an industrial enclosure.
Choosing an Oscilloscope with the Right Bandwidth Design How-To 11/21/2006 Post a comment Bandwidth is the specification that most engineers consider first when they select an oscilloscope. This article provides some guidance on how to select an oscilloscope with the appropriate bandwidth for digital and analog applications.
Nova Measuring cuts 8% of workforce News & Analysis 11/21/2006 Post a comment Semiconductor metrology specialist Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., is reducing its workforce by 8 percent, with research and development groups and production staff set to be the worst affected. It is taking a $300 000 charge in its fourth quarter because of the cutbacks.
Software-based PXI plug-in grants 2-Gsamples/s sampling speed Product News 11/16/2006 Post a comment Check out this PXI digitizer/oscilloscope plug-in that provides a 1-Gsample/s realtime sampling rate on two simultaneous channels, or 2-Gsamples/s on one channel. It uses 8-bit data conversion. For repetitive signals, it provides an equivalent-time sampling mode that lets it sample at up to 20-Gsamples/s.
PCB tester is equipped with boundary scan, PXI, more Product News 11/14/2006 Post a comment Test-and-measurement firm Aeroflex is offering its 5800 Series of multi-configuration, multi-function PCB test systems. They let you integrate hardware with commercial off-the-shelf and PXI instruments from third-party suppliers, so that one machine can be cost-effectively configured to any test environment.
Tips and techniques for power supply noise measurements Design How-To 11/12/2006 1 comment The higher switching speeds, faster slew rates, more active pins per package, and smaller signal swings cause an increase in power supply noise in digital designs. Here are some helpful techniques and tools for analyzing power supply noise.
Low cost systems address Wi-Fi test Product News 11/2/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a low-cost wireless test system family from GaGe Applied Technologies that comprises signal generation and analysis hardware and software for testing of IEEE-802.11 a, b, g, j, and n wireless devices. These testers are claimed to provide base performance that's 10-dB better than your device under test.
Vector signal analyzer uses software-defined radio architecture Product News 11/2/2006 Post a comment Keithley Instruments says its Model 2810 Vector signal analyzer touts measurement speeds up to three times faster than competitive instruments for production test. What's more, it takes up half the space, and costs half as much as competitive products. A Model 2810 can perform a 200-MHz span sweep, using a narrow resolution bandwidth of 100-Hz, in approximately 15 seconds.
Faceless Web-interfaced oscilloscopes are LXI compliant Product News 11/1/2006 Post a comment If you're working with design-verification and functional-test systems, check out Agilent's latest series of 4-channel digital storage oscilloscopes. They're packaged in rack-mountable 1U-high form-factors, and include remote capabilities and graphical Web interfaces.
Deep memory logic analyzers kick it up a notch Product News 11/1/2006 Post a comment Agilent Technologies expands its logic analyzer line-up with a modular mainframe, two logic analyzer modules offering up to 4X the available memory in the industry, and applications for developers of PCI Express and Altera FPGAs.
My Mom the Radio Star Max MaxfieldPost a comment I've said it before and I'll say it again -- it's a funny old world when you come to think about it. Last Friday lunchtime, for example, I received an email from Tim Levell, the editor for ...
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...