Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
JTAG targets production test Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Working with JTAG? Here's a new software add-on that gives you a graphical way to run JTAG tests in production-line settings. Use it to test boards with JTAG-compatible devices on-board, such as BGAs, chip-scale packages, flip-chips, and other high-density packages.
Plug-in power monitor sends e-mail alerts Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Here's a new battery-backed-up power monitor that's essentially an e-mail-enabled Internet appliance. It uses any active public telephone line connection, and that line can even be shared with another device at the monitored location. Priced at about $300, this device can inform you if 110-V AC power is lost, or when it is restored at any given location.
Opinion: Despite naysayers, virtual instrumentation goes mainstream Product News 12/20/2004 Post a comment Established companies making conventional test instruments have largely ignored virtual instrumentation because, in its early years, it offered less measurement performance, and therefore (as is the case with most other disruptive technologies), it posed little threat. That has changed. Come along with National Instruments engineer Eric Starkloff to learn why.
Tektronix und IBM zeigen neue SiGe-Chips News & Analysis 12/17/2004 Post a comment Die seit 1996 gemeinsame Entwicklungsarbeit von IBM und Tektronix trägt erste Früchte: Beide Unternehmen stellen eine neue SiGe-Chipgeneration für Highspeed-Messinstrumente vor, die Tektronix sicherlich in zukünftigen Test- und Messgeräten verwenden wird.
PC-hosted WLAN tester excercises 802.11 systems, components Product News 12/17/2004 Post a comment As consumer- and office-oriented RF packet communications proliferates, the evaluation and testing of systems and system components poses challenges for designers and network implementers alike. In tune with this trend Communication Machinery Corp. has what it says is the world's only multi-station performance and load-test system For Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enterprise and personal implementations that use 802.1x authentication. Read CMC's release notes and eeProductCenter Sen
Tektronix, IBM partner on new SiGe chips News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment A partnership that began in 1996 between Tektronix and IBM Corp. is just beginning to show results with a new generation of SiGe chips for high speed
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Engine test system enhanced with wireless connectivity Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Working with instrumentation for large motors or automotive engines? If so, engine and power train test company SAKOR Technologies's updated version of its DynoLAB PT product may interest you. It's designed to support National Instruments's popular Compact Fieldpoint System (an industrial control-and-measurement system comprised of I/O modules and intelligent controllers). The redesigned DynoLAB PT supports testing of engines, vehicles, and related drivetrain components, seamlessly integr
Synopsys and Agilent intro scan diagnostics Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Test-and-measurement giant Agilent Technologies and EDA/signal integrity powerhouse Synopsys announce an industry-first scan diagnostics reference methodology. According to the two firms, the new methodology will speed semiconductor fault localization and failure analysis by implementing bi-directional information sharing.
Video test gear gets HDMI v1.1 support Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Video test vendor Quantum Data will soon be rolling out an upgrade to its line of HDMI (high-definition multi-media interface) generators and analyzers. The upgrade kits, available in January 2005, will let existing users of Quantum's gear enhance their instruments in the field with HDMI v1.1 support.
VXI plug-in provides precise timing pulses Product News 12/14/2004 Post a comment In this day and age of militarization and concomitant MIL contracts, radars are a focal point of many defense system designers' efforts. Here's news of a table-driven digital delay generator VXI bus plug-in that's in lockstep with the times. It can be used as a precision and ultra-stable timing generator to do radar pulse simulation. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn goes over its salient features.
On-chip trace and debug approach targets Atmel FPGAs Product News 12/14/2004 Post a comment The domain of on-chip testability and debug continues to get better. Hardware verification and debug supplier First Silicon Solutions is teaming up with chip maker Atmel to jointly produce a product for on-chip debug, trace, and logic analysis of Atmel's popular FPSLIC and FPGA products.
Multi-port serial I/O cards are low-profile PCI plug-ins Product News 12/9/2004 Post a comment Board maker ACCES I/O Products is rolling out a number of multi-port serial communication cards. One is an 8-port low-profile PCI bus card that provides asynchronous field-selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 connectivity on a port-by-port basis. But wait! There's more. Four-port and RS-232-only versions are also available.
UMTS test software targets Wideband CDMA terminals Product News 12/8/2004 Post a comment Wireless test-equipment maker Willtek Communications GmbH announces new testing software for Wideband CDMA wireless terminals as used in UMTS systems. The company's new WCDMA/UMTS Call Mode Option for its existing Mobile Phone Tester is for service personnel and manufacturers. It lets you carry out final tests on Wideband CDMA systems, ensuring handsets are fully operational before leaving a factory or repair station.
I/O box expands PC systems with plug-and-play USB Product News 12/8/2004 Post a comment Got I/O? If you need more, check out Measurement Computing's latest USB-based digital I/O interface. As eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn points out in his review, it provides 96 bits of digital I/O in four independent 24-bit groups, each divided into two 8-bit ports and two 4-bit ports. It's also based on an emulation of the industry standard 82C55, and ships with gobs of software.
Scope software lets you scribble instrumentation notes Product News 12/7/2004 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker LeCroy is debuting a scope reporting tool that promises to simplify and automate the reporting capability and functions of the company's digital oscilloscopes and other test gear. LeCroy's new software even lets you scrawl freehand notes!
PCI plug-in DMMs outperform benchtop equivalents Product News 12/3/2004 Post a comment Here's news of two 7-1/2-digit PCI-bus plug-in DMMs that tout measurement rates to 20,000-eadings/s, current measurement capabilities down to the picoamp regime, resolution to 10-nV, and precise triggering functions. Read the manufactuerer's release notes, and a review by eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn.
High-Speed Data Logger Withstands Racing Heat Design How-To 12/2/2004 Post a comment The saying 'Racing improves the breed' could apply to Infineon Technologies development of a high-speed data logger for Ferrari's 2005 Formula 1 race car. The emphasis on performance results in severe conditions for both the device and the driver.
Keithley publishes big test-and-measurement tutorial/catalog for 2005 Product News 12/1/2004 Post a comment Everyone loves a quality freebie, and test equipment supplier Keithley Instruments is offering one. The company is publishing its 2005 test-and-measurement catalog, a veritable desktop reference packed with details and specs on the company's products. Significantly, it also contains quite a few useful tutorials.
Nomadic handheld makes quick checks on 802.11 WLAN boxes Product News 12/1/2004 Post a comment Measuring RF power levels from 0-dBm to 30-dBm, here's a low cost battery-powered handheld instrument that measures in 1-dB steps for both 2.4-GHz and 5-GHz bands in which IEEE-802.11/802.11b/g frequency-hopping spread-spectrum standards apply. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn describes the product.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 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 ...