Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads Product News 12/27/2006 Post a comment Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test Product News 12/26/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
3GPP wireless library eases way through evolving standard Product News 12/20/2006 Post a comment Hastening next-generation mobile communications product development, Agilent Technologies rolls out its 3GPP LTE Wireless Library for use with the company's existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library is expected to help you speed development of evolving 3GPP Long Term Evolution designs.
Single-chip comprises THD analyzer Product News 12/14/2006 Post a comment Build your own test gear. Specialized IC supplier Mixed Signal Integration has a nifty CMOS chip that can measure THD. The device is a single-chip 1/6th octave-wide five-harmonic distortion analyzer.
Data acquisition modules connect through USB Product News 12/14/2006 Post a comment Connecting data-acq modules to a computer couldn't be any easier than plugging them into a USB port. Here's the first module in a family of USB modules that ultimately will include reed relay, Form C relay, optically isolated input, TTL interfaces to solid-state relays,and A/D and D/A types.
Consortium preps multicore CPU benchmarks News & Analysis 12/12/2006 Post a comment The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EMBC) has started work on a standard suite of tests to measure performance of multicore processors and expects a benchmark suite could be available in six to eight months.
Lavi Lev takes helm at Credence Systems News & Analysis 12/8/2006 Post a comment Lavi Lev has left Cadence Design Systems to become president and CEO of Credence Design Systems, as the troubled automatic test equipment (ATE) provider posts a $481.6 million loss for its fiscal 2006.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users Product News 12/4/2006 Post a comment Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
Characterizing and troubleshooting wide-band RF systems Design How-To 12/4/2006 Post a comment Troubleshooting an RF design requires the ability to trace a signal from baseband to a wide band digitally modulated RF output. Advanced real-time spectrum analyzers (RTSAs) can be used to facilitate the acquisition, measurement, and analysis of digitally-modulated and pre-distorted RF signals.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 20 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 ...