High temperature effects on wafer test probing processes
Design How-To 2/29/2012 Post a comment
Automated probe mark analysis replaces time-consuming manual analysis, delivering statistically valid quantitative data in an easy-to-interpret format in minimal time. It enables the test engineer to rapidly assess the probing process, identify and analyze issues within the process and define solution options.
Industry considers counterfeit risk analysis tool
Blog 2/17/2012 11 comments
Obsolescence, market shortages and price hikes are the key motivational factors for counterfeiters to target a part and make a quick buck, according to data compiled by electronic components database firm SiliconExpert Technologies.
Eight-channel RF measurement broadens LTE analysis
Product News 2/15/2012 Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has enhanced its N7109A multi-channel signal analyzer for emerging multichannel LTE, LTE-Advanced and MIMO RF measurement requirements, including LTE antenna beam forming and LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.
Bridging software and hardware to accelerate SoC validation
Design How-To 2/15/2012 2 comments
As the complexity of systems-on-chip (SoCs) continues to increase, it is no longer possible to ignore the challenges caused by the convergence of software and hardware development. To deliver increased integration within a reasonable cost and time, the industry must transition to a new approach – design for visibility.
Counterfeit parts putting military at risk
News & Analysis 2/15/2012 18 comments
Counterfeit parts are increasingly finding their way into mission critical military and healthcare equipment, with the number of fake electronic parts soaring dramatically over the past couple of years, according to market research organization IHS iSuppli.
Software tools ease AUTOSAR compliance
Design How-To 2/9/2012 Post a comment
The AUTOSAR initiative is tackling the industry-wide constraints of complexity, competition, and cost. AUTOSAR provides incentives for manufacturers to replace their proprietary software/hardware interfaces with standardized ones linked to an independent architectural layer.
A Current Sensing Tutorial--Part 1: Fundamentals
Design How-To 2/8/2012 4 comments
Here’s Part 1 of a tutorial on current sensing that will provide the fundamentals of current sensing, devices used for current sensing, how to calculate the accuracy of a solution, and guidelines for printed circuit board (PCB) layout and troubleshooting
Challenges of testing mobile memories
Design How-To 2/8/2012 1 comment
I recently spoke with Cecil Ho, President of CST, about the challenges of testing mobile memories, and he gave me his perspective from his vantage point at CST.
Brief history of scopes
Blog 2/8/2012 1 comment
I have been serving as interim editor over at scope junction and wanted to share a little bit of history that I dug up on the oscilloscope.
Nostalgic about HP test equipment
Engineering Pop Culture! 2/7/2012 34 comments
Any electronics engineer or technical person you speak to will know about Hewlett-Packard (HP) test equipment. And many of them will talk nostalgically of a certain item they have owned or worked with.
Intel terahertz supplier secures $5.5 million in funds
News & Analysis 2/6/2012 1 comment
TeraView Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a startup company founded in 2001 to develop terahertz systems for imaging and spectroscopy, has announced it has secured $5.5 million of investment from a consortium of U.S., Asian and European institutional and corporate investors.
CEA-Leti opens 3-D IC packaging service
News & Analysis 2/1/2012 Post a comment
French research institute CEA-Leti has announced the launch of a 3-D packaging platform and service that provides industrial and academic partners with what it describes as a "mature" process for the production of 3-D interconnected products and projects.
Aeroflex upgrades digital radio test set
Product News 2/1/2012 Post a comment
Aeroflex Incorporated announced that an upgrade to its 3920 Radio Test Set supports P25 Phase II TDMA test functions and adds features for the development, manufacturing, and field test of both analog and digital private mobile radios (PMRs) and base stations.