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posted in February 2006
Lab test system gets handset trace capability
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2/28/2006   Post a comment
RF test equipment vendor Aeroflex adds handset trace capability to its existing SystemAT test system. The SystemAT is used for regression testing wireless network software prior to rollout, and handset validation/interoperability testing. It also accommodates network load and capacity testing.
PCI-X board runs parallel TI DSPs
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
Designed for high-speed I/O and processing, here's news of a board-level PCI-X drop-in that harnesses the power of up to nine TI TMS320C6414T DSPs. With that you can get over 2000-Mbytes/s of concurrent I/O, and the ability to combine any number of customer-specific channels of data for up to 500-Mbytes/s of continuous data input from an external source.
Optical meter takes pulsed measurements up to 10-kHz
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
Newport Corp. introduces a series of optical meters that are capable of making pulsed measurements up to 10-kHz. The company claims that's an order of magnitude higher than other commercially available products.
USB data-acq modules synchronously sample multiple analog signals
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2/23/2006   Post a comment
Check out this series of analog-input multi-function data acquisition modules for USB 2.0. They provide two or four channels of simultaneous 16-bit analog measurement at throughput speeds up to 2-MHz/channel. Each channel has its own 16-bit A/D converter that uses a common clock and trigger for synchronous sampling of all analog and digital inputs at the exact same instant in time.
Video tester gets HDMI CEC support
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Providing a Consumer Electronic Control test approach, ranging from development through pre-compliance testing, video test maker Quantum Data now has an HDMI CEC development and compliance test suite for its existing test equipment. CEC is an HDMI option that provides automatic power-on, automatic signal routing, and single-point remote control for CEC-enabled products.
High-speed packet-access library offers pre-configured test benches, sources
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Easing wireless design with pre-configured test benches, Agilent Technologies is debuting a HSPA wireless library for use with its existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library contains what Agilent claims is the industry's first set of pre-configured test benches and sources.
High-speed XMC data-acq board packs Virtex-4 FPGA
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2/22/2006   Post a comment
Designed for high-speed data acquisition applications such as software-defined radio, SIGINT, tactical communications, and radar, here's a VITA 42 board that can simultaneously sample two inputs at frequencies up to 210-MHz, at a resolution of 12 bits. Total aggregate I/O bandwidth is 12.5-Gbits/s.
Low-frequency data recorder stores wideband signals to RAID
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Featuring internal RAID arrays for recording media, here's a line of data recorders that provide high-capacity accessible data storage. They support sampling rates from 20-kHz to 1-MHz per channel, for a usable frequency bandwidth of 8-kHz to 400-kHz.
Probe targets Serial RapidIO, PCI Express
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2/21/2006   Post a comment
Check out this Serial RapidIO protocol analysis probe. An optional modification can add PCI Express analysis capability. The probe works with most Agilent Technologies 16700 and 16900 logic analyzer modules.
Test equipment optimizes intelligent automotive CAN and LIN networks
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
In optimizing automotive CAN and LIN networks, the need to maintain a singular testing/monitoring point where test equipment can look through all different implementations 'in place' is vital.
Agilent's low-noise scopes are bandwidth upgradeable
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
The Infiniium 80000B Series offers an exceptionally low noise floor, leading edge jitter measurement floor, trigger jitter, and frequency response.
Singapore's UTAC signs up new wireless customers
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. notched up a series of high-profile customer wins, securing contracts to supply services to European and South Korean chip makers.
TechWing vows to fight patent claim
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2/17/2006   Post a comment
TechWing Inc., the Korean IC test equipment maker locked in a patent dispute with Advantest Corp., said it will fight the Japanese company's petition in a Taiwan court.
Yokogawa expands in Singapore
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2/15/2006   Post a comment
Yokogawa Electric plans to ramp up investment in its regional headquarters in Singapore as part of an effort to boost the company's presence in Southeast Asia.
LitePoint's test software for CSR's UniFi ICs handles Wi-Fi/Bluetooth products
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
IQFact for UniFi saves time for OEMs by allowing one-pass testing of CSR's WiFi/Bluetooth v2.0+EDR integrated products.
Agilent says software enables quick identification of SI issues
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies introduced what it called the first event identification software that allows digital designers that use Infiniium oscilloscopes to quickly and easily identify signal integrity issues found in electronic designs.
Hardware debug tracer targets ARM processors
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Microprocessor support house IAR Systems Software adds a low-cost ARM debug probe product to its Windows-based hardware debugger. This development tool supports ARM7 and ARM9 devices.
Fast hardware search engines let deep-memory scopes analyze long records
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Tektronix is rolling out a portable series of digital scopes with bandwidths from 350-MHz to 1-GHz. They all use a unique firmware toolset for viewing, navigating, and analyzing waveform data. eeProductCenter senior tech editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look.
Event-identification signal-integrity software searches scope waveform data
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Event identification software lets users of Agilent Infiniium oscilloscopes identify signal integrity problems. The software works by scanning through thousands of acquired waveforms/s and then isolating anomalous signal behavior. This brings the company's scopes closer to the mythical Find Problem button that would let a scope automatically inspect each signal it acquires and inform the user of any signal integrity problems it discovered.
Low-noise oscilloscopes have upgradeable bandwidths
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2/14/2006   Post a comment
Scope maker Agilent Technologies is dishing up a new oscilloscope series the comapny claims has the industry's lowest-noise floors. These boxes are also bandwidth-upgradeable. You can choose versions exhibiting exceptionally flat responses to 2-GHz out to 13-GHz bandwidth.
RF-tight tent comprises portable or temporary screen room
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Need an EMI-resistant screen room? One that's portable or temporary? Here's news of a flexible RF-proof "tent" that can be custom ordered in virtually any size from desktop to room-size.
Study: global PCB test gear market to grow
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Global PCB automatic test equipment (ATE) manufacturers are set to get a major share of their revenues from functional testing and the boundary scan segment the next five years, according to a study by Frost and Sullivan.
Spirent acquires VoIP test company
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Communications technology company Spirent Communications has acquired QuadTex Systems, a supplier of test tools for Internet protocol multimedia subsystem and Voice-over-IP testing, for $7.5 million in cash.
HSDPA user-equipment tester checks throughput
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2/13/2006   Post a comment
Wireless analysis provider Spirent Communications announces the latest member of its WCDMA testing family of products. Spirent's User Equipment Performance Tester is designed to accelerate the deployment of next generation wireless. Its platform can evaluate all aspects of data throughput for HSDPA and the R99 recommendation, from the physical layer to the application layer.
Advantest expands patent fight to Taiwan
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2/9/2006   Post a comment
Test equipment vendor Advantest Corp., which is locked in a patent dispute with Korean-based TechWing Inc., has petitioned a Taiwan court to temporarily block imports of TechWing's memory test handlers.
Analysis software tests playback-only audio gear
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2/8/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of some application-specific software that can help you use a line of audio analyzer hardware to test MP3 and CD players, and other personal audio equipment. Sales of personal audio gear is forecast to double or even quadruple in the next five years, so testing is shaping up as a crucial competitive differentiator.
Serial data analyzer tests 10-Gbit/s signals, and beyond
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at PCI Express 2, FB-DIMM, 8X Fibre Channel, and SONET testing, here's an instrument that's optimized for testing serial data at speeds to 10-Gbits/s---and faster. It runs a suite of diagnostic tools that generate detail about the performance of a device; even those exhibiting complex jitter behavior.
Plug-and-play LED digital panel meters come in four color choices
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a line of plug-and-play 3-1/2-digit digital panel meters that are shipped assembled and calibrated. These DPMs are available in choice of 200-mV or 2-V FS versions and operate from a single +5-V DC source.
PCIe compliance software suite speeds in-depth characterization testing
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2/7/2006   Post a comment
Dishing up parallel bit-error-ratio test software that enables compliance and characterization testing for PCI Express, Agilent Technologies announces this capability for its existing parallel BERTs. This automated tool is for multi-lane PCIe receiver tolerance compliance and so-called deep-dive in-depth characterization testing.
Jitter compliance software serves serial Gbit designs
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
Giving you upgraded measurement capability for its existing serial bit-error-ratio tester, Agilent Technologies announces the industry's first compliance test suite for jitter-tolerance testing of serial gigabit receivers operating at data rates up to 12.5-Gbits/s. Covered standards now include PCI Express Gen2, S-ATA, Fibre Channel 4G/8G, FB-DIMM, CEI 6/11G, 10-Gbit Ethernet, and XFP.
Nano is Everywhere, but What's Next?
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2/6/2006   Post a comment
With all the interest in nanotechnology and many discoveries already made, it's still a somewhat "wild and wooly" nano-world. In the past, as new frontiers were explored, they were measured and mapped so that others could follow the trail, verify the route and lead still more on to build and develop the "New World". In the nano world, one of the biggest challenges is "What do we use to draw the map?" What will it take to move it from a headline and make the work of the pioneers accessible to tho
LXI-compatible sensor measurement unit packs built-in LAN controller
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2/3/2006   Post a comment
Check out this Ethernet-operable strain gauge measurement unit. Equipped with 48 input-channels, it uses independent 24-bit data converters/channel, and packs built-in programmable sensor excitation. You can network multiple units to configure systems with literally thousands of A/D channels.
Small board simultaneously measures temperature, air flow
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
Here's a small embeddable board designed to measure air temperature and velocity from two independent sensors. It also provides analog voltage outputs ranging from 0-V to 5-V per sensor.
Go-no-go hardware does point-of-return Bluetooth tests
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2/2/2006   Post a comment
Communications test equipment vendor Willtek Communications has what it claims is the industry's first commercial Go-No-Go tester for Bluetooth wireless-equipped products. Priced at less than $1200, the company's wares are intended for exercising Bluetooth-enabled cellphones in field service shops where point-of-return testing is typically done.
Bluetooth tester gets Enhanced Data Rate hooks
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2/1/2006   Post a comment
As the Bluetooth wireless phenomena becomes all-pervasive, more designers are compelled to adopt the technology. But, the complexity of the protocol, and the difficulty of working with RF at 2.4-GHz, can present challenges and struggles. What's needed is a way to test to a known set of parameters, using an instrument traceable to published standards. That's where Anritsu's latest Bluetooth test set comes in. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Low cost portable oscilloscopes provide long capture times
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2/1/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker LeCroy is extending its line of portable oscilloscopes. One of these new scopes is priced at less than $3000. Versions are available with bandwidths of 100-MHz, 200-MHz, 350-MHz, and 500-MHz, and all offer 2-Gsamples/s sample rates, with 500-kpoint memories.


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