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Scope Wars: The closing bell?
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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.
Breaking the Verification Barriers
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Verification automation and re-use of qualified verification components is a must for safety in electronic systems.
Scalable load testing targets multi-service RF network gear
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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
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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
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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.
Inexpensive data-acq and control modules use plug-and-play USB
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Data-acq vendor Data Translation is rolling out what it bills is a new breed of mini-instruments. Communicating across 12-Mbit/s USB, the company's ECONseries modules offer low price but high signal accuracy. The modules use Windows-based application software to create ready-to-measure systems with familiar bench-level instrument-panels. Best of all, there's no programming required. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn checks 'em out.
India's Synergy launches protocol test server for 3G
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
India's Synergy Infotech has launched a multi-protocol test server, Judex, to test applications such as VoIP applications, push-to-talk, and 3G-IMS.
Portable scopes pace today's fast clock speeds, edge rates
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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.
Rohde & Schwarz bietet Messtechnik-Plattform für HSDPA
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2/18/2005   Post a comment
Der Meßgerätehersteller Rohde & Schwarz unterstützt die Einführung der Mobilfunktechnik HSDPA mit entsprechenden Messtechniklösungen. Die Auswahl reicht von Conformance-Tests bis zu Geräten für den Einsatz in der Serienproduktion.
Turn-key instrument enables pulsed or CW optical pickup head testing
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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
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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.
LTX cuts 25% of workforce, sales fall 37% amid red ink
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2/16/2005   Post a comment
LTX Corp. said that it has reduced its workforce by 25 percent, or 150 employees, amid ongoing losses in its automatic test equipment (ATE) business.
Benchmarks Identify Best Power Train Microcontrollers
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2/16/2005   Post a comment
A benchmark that has been designed specifically for automotive power train applications best represents how a particular device performs in that environment.
Agilent rolls two jitter analysis toolsets for its realtime scopes
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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
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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.
Agilent's Q4 sales up 1% despite losses in ATE
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
Despite losses in the automatic test equipment (ATE) business, Agilent Technologies Inc. reported sales of $1.66 billion in its first fiscal quarter, up 1 percent ahead of last year.
Lattice Semi in-system configuration engine goes into JTAG system
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
JTAG vendor ASSET InterTech is integrating into its existing ScanWorks boundary-scan environment Lattice Semiconductor's ispVM System. Lattice's ispVM System is a programming engine that supports the IEEE-1532 standard for in-system device configuration.
Trace Labs offers tin whisker testing
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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.
Dual-sensor board measures temperature and air flow
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2/10/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) has introduced its new ISD board, which is designed to measure air temperature and air flow velocity from two independent sensors. The board can be used to control various devices or to provide read-out data for display systems.
Low cost hardware, software helps craft DSP filters without coding
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Vector signal generator offers fading test option
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
A new vector signal generator option from Rohde & Schwarz now offers two independent RF fading path tests to meet performance tests defined for 3GPP cellphones.
Specsmanship wars? Agilent, Tek go head-to-head over instrument noise on high-end scopes
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2/4/2005   Post a comment
Scope makers Agilent Technologies and Tektronix square off in a technical tete-a-tete concerning noise, noise specs, and high-end oscilloscope performance.
Specsmanship wars? Agilent Technologies, Tektronix go head-to-head over instrument noise on high-end scopes
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2/4/2005   Post a comment
High-end oscilloscope makers Agilent Technologies and Tektronix go head-to-head, voicing their concerns about noise-floor specs on each other's products. Read what they have to say---and submit your comments! Scroll down for the most recent retort from Tektronix.
iPAQ-hosted handheld works as RF spectrum analyzer
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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
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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.
Portabler optischer Spektrumanalysator für CWDM-Anwendungen
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2/3/2005   Post a comment
Für den kostengünstigen Messeinsatz bei CWDM-Übertragungssystemen (coarse wavelength division multiplex) ist ein optischer Spektrumanalysator des kanadischen Herstellers EXFO auslegegt.
Anritsu and The MathWorks offer freebie signal analyzer trial
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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
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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.
Broadband amplifier replaces several narrowband amps for test, broadband, and defense systems across 10 MHz to 20 GHz.
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2/1/2005   Post a comment
iTerra's custom power amplifier module produces saturated RF power output greater than +29 dBm at 2 GHz and greater than +28 dBm at 10 GHz.


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