Scope Wars: The closing bell? Product News 2/28/2005 Post a comment eeProductCenter sounds the bell in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. If you haven't been following this instrumentation specs debate, here's your chance to catch up, with Agilent's latest retort to Tektronix now on-line.
Scalable load testing targets multi-service RF network gear Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out a wireless network load test system that creates realistic complex 3G traffic scenarios using objects instead of scripts. Tek's sysem uses a patent-pending graphical user interface. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at Tek's new system, as well as related software.
Scope Wars: Round 2 heats up Product News 2/24/2005 Post a comment "Round 2" heats up in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. Tek's latest comments appear as of February 23rd 2005. Agilent's retort will be forthocminmg. Stay tuned!
Implement digital filters with LabVIEW Product News 2/23/2005 Post a comment Are you a National Instruments LabVIEW user? If so, you'll be interested in NI's new LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit Version 7.5. The kit includes tools for modeling and creating software-based digital filters, as well as FPGA and C code generation for chip-level implementation.
Portable scopes pace today's fast clock speeds, edge rates Product News 2/21/2005 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker Agilent Technologies is rolling out no less than a dozen portable digital storage and mixed-signal oscilloscopes, with bandwidths of 300-MHz and 500-MHz---and the industry's first portable 1-GHz scopes. These scopes tout realtime display update rates up to 30 times faster than competitors.
Turn-key instrument enables pulsed or CW optical pickup head testing Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment Here's news of a turn-key instrument to test the next generation of Blu-ray, DVD, and CD pickup heads. The system is a vibration-insensitive wavefront interferometer that uses a patented single-frame dynamic achromatic phase sensor. The system also uses a USB 2.0 interface to cameras, and can acquire data at the rate of 30-frames/s.
GPS noise-generator gets unique frequency sweeping option Product News 2/17/2005 Post a comment RF test equipment maker Noise Com has some new executables for its PC-based GPS jamming generator. The new bits deliver forward, reverse, and a unique forth/back frequency sweep over the instrument's 40-MHz output bandwidth. Noise Com's new software lets its hardware platform deliver unique swept frequency signals at any power level from -126.5-dBm to +21-dBm.
Agilent rolls two jitter analysis toolsets for its realtime scopes Product News 2/15/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement goliath Agilent Technologies has two new jitter analysis software packages for its Infiniium DSO80000 Series 10-GHz, 12-GHz, and 13-GHz and its Infiniium 54850 Series 2.5-GHz, 4-GHz, 6-GHz, and 7-GHz realtime scopes. One of these packages is based on the new bits we recently reviewed at eeProductCenter from Amherst Systems Associates.
Software transforms many Windows-based realtime oscilloscopes Product News 2/14/2005 Post a comment Engineering software vendor Amherst Systems Associates has a new version of its cycle-to-cycle timing and jitter analysis program for top-end realtime oscilloscopes. This release of its scope software runs on virtually any Windows-hosted scope. Read ASA's release notes and eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review notes by clicking here.
Trace Labs offers tin whisker testing Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment Trace Laboratories-Central, an independent testing facility, has established a new certification and testing program for tin whisker growth on components that are to be designed for lead-free compliance with the European Union's Directive on the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Tin-based plating is known to be susceptible to the formation of "needle-like protrusions, or whiskers," that can result in reliability issues.
Low cost hardware, software helps craft DSP filters without coding Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment Saelig is now offering a PC-hosted DSP development product that lets you craft audio filters up to 24-kHz on a Windows PC. The Signal Wizard II lets you design and run high performance filters, with realtime control of gain and sample rate. You can even instantaneously switch between a filtered or non-filtered signal at run-time.
IRIG-B clock time-stamps digital delay generator data Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment In a recent eeProductCenter review we looked at two table-driven digital delay generator plug-ins from Interface Technology, Inc. On the heels of that product rollout ITI is now offering an IRIG-B realtime clock option that lets you time-stamp your data.
Scope Wars: Round 2...and more Product News 2/10/2005 Post a comment The gloves are off as the bell sounds for "Round 2" in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. Both firms square off in a technical tete-a-tete concerning noise, noise specs, and high-end oscilloscope performance. Catch up on the debate by clicking here.
Signalgeneratoren für Datenanwendungen News & Analysis 2/10/2005 Post a comment Tektronix ergänzt seine Produktpalette im Bereich Data Timing Generatoren (DTGs) der Baureihe DTG5000 um einen neuen Mainframe-Generator und drei Signal-Ausgangs-Module. Mit den Geräten lassen sich auch Jitter-Messungen durchführen.
10-bit digitizer plug-ins scream at up to 8-Gsamples/s Product News 2/9/2005 Post a comment Here's news of three new digitizer products that are PXI/CompactPCI plug-ins. All three offer swappable front-end input mezzanines, providing up to 3 GHz input-bandwidth, or switchable high-Z input-coupling. Single-channel 10-bit sampling rates of up to 8-Gsamples/s are possible.
High-speed relay modules are USB plug-and-play peripherals Product News 2/9/2005 Post a comment Data acquisition house Measurement Computing is dishing up a pair of USB-controlled multi-channel electro-mechanical relay modules as alternatives to PCIbus board-based systems. Thanks to USB, you get plug-and-play installation. eeProductcenter senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at these low-cost relay products.
iPAQ-hosted handheld works as RF spectrum analyzer Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment RF test gear maker Berkeley Varitronics Systems is rolling out its BumbleBee handheld, a portable spectrum analyzer that measures in four frequency bands. Hosted by an iPAQ PocketPC, the little BumbleBee receiver can sniff signals in the 900-MHz, 2.4-GHz, and 5-GHz ISM and U-NII bands. Read eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's review notes by clicking on this story.
LabVIEW toolkit supports ADI's Blackfin DSP Product News 2/3/2005 Post a comment National Instruments' new Analog Devices (ADI) Blackfin Test Integration Toolkit for LabVIEW now enables engineers to use National's LabVIEW graphical development environment with ADI's VisualDSP++ embedded development environment to streamline the development of Blackfin-based systems.
Try signal conditioning the audio/video for an RF modulator Design How-To 2/2/2005 Post a comment Even as display devices move toward digital video, they retain the legacy of an RF-modulated analog TV output. That output is specified in the US by the National Television Standards Committee (NTSC), and utilized in security applications and in the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) Project as specified by the European TV standard Phase Alternation Line (PAL). All modulators, whether simple analog types or single-chip synthesizers, require properly conditioned audio and video input signals. A Max
Anritsu and The MathWorks offer freebie signal analyzer trial Product News 2/2/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement supplier Anritsu Co. and engineering software vendor The MathWorks are offering a combined free trial of MATLAB and the jointly-developed connectivity option to Anritsu's new Signature High Performance Signal Analyzer. Learn how you might benefit from the seamless combination of Signature's signal measurements with MATLAB's analysis capability.
Roll your own signal analyzer with 12-bit 150-MHz PCI digitizer plug-in Product News 2/1/2005 Post a comment As product-prolific as ever, test-and-measurement house National Instruments is releasing a new PCIbus version of the company's predecessor 12-bit 200-Msample/s PXI-based digitizer. Like it, this new plug-in can accommodate input signals in ranges from 200-mV to 20-V. Using the appropriate software, you can even set up one or more of these boards to act like an oscilloscope.