Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in Product News 3/31/2005 Post a comment Another company has also joined the FB-DIMM test fray. Predating Tek's recent announcement, Pycon has shipped more than 130 FB-DIMM testers since November of last year---and is now offering a very enticing deal for first-time buyers.
Midget CompactFlash card gathers data Product News 3/30/2005 Post a comment eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor takes a first look at a new CompactFlash card that can turn a PDA into a user-customized medium-speed portable data acquisition system. What's more, it can do that more cost effectively than by using a dedicated PC. Click here to learn more.
CompactPCI card houses add-on data-acq modules Product News 3/29/2005 Post a comment A new two-module multi-function 3U-sized CompactPCI card fits in a single slot. Priced at about $1800, it gives you an array of options that let you configure it for various data-acquisition and control functions. These include RTD signal conditioning, TTL I/O, and A/D and DAC functions.
One-instrument box is enhanced for multi-service transport eval Product News 3/28/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement vendor Anritsu is debuting enhancements for its existing one-instrument-does-all MP1590B network performance tester. Running Windows, the enhancements impart a number of new analysis capabilities, including functions for 2.5G Ethernet-over-SONET, 10/100/1000-Mbit Ethernet, 10-Gbit Ethernet, and LCAS.
Omron's Automatic Optical Inspection System brings zero-defect closer to reality Product News 3/25/2005 Post a comment Recent trends in electronic production have placed ever-increasing emphasis on the importance of the quality control function. High density component placement, lead-free process, miniaturisation of chips and flexible multi-product production all contribute to an increasing number of defects. Pressure on manufacturers to reduce defects increases as margins are squeezed and lead times get shorter.
Scope accessories support automotive CAN Bus testing Product News 3/24/2005 Post a comment Oscilloscope vendor LeCroy is now offering two CAN Bus test adjuncts for its existing long-memory WaveRunner 6000A oscilloscopes. These accessories can help you locate CAN Bus PHY layer problems, and aid in debugging CAN Bus controllers and systems.
Plug-in digitizer card lets you trade resolution for speed Product News 3/23/2005 Post a comment Just as the venerable DMM brought universal measurement capability to DC measurement, National Instruments has a flexible-resolution digitizer it claims will revolutionize dynamic measurements with a universal measurement device. This PXI plug-in, when used in the popular LabVIEW programming environment, lets you create virtual instruments such as voltmeters, audio analyzers, frequency counters, and spectrum and modulation analyzers. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn gets a hand
Modules leverage USB for plug-and-play data-acq Product News 3/23/2005 Post a comment Joining the likes of Data Translation, National Instruments, and others, test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is rolling out a new line of PC-compatible data-acquisition and control modules based on Universal Serial Bus. As plug-and-play modules under Windows, they can measure parameters such as voltage, temperature, strain, vibration, and frequency, and handle event counting, and timing applications, too.
PXI plug-in modules form modulated RF signal generator Product News 3/17/2005 Post a comment National Instruments now has a PXI plug-in suite that can generate modulated RF at frequencies from 250-kHz all the way out to 2.7-GHz. Using a LabVIEW application on a PC, you can readily develop signals---including those with simulated impairments---for high-speed communications systems. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Fully-Buffered DIMM testing enhances logic analyzers Product News 3/16/2005 Post a comment Logic analyzer vendor Tektronix now has Fully-Buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) test capabilities for its logic analyzers. Tektronix collaborates with Nexus Technology so that Tek's TLA700 Series logic analyzers and Nexus's software let you verify, test, and debug AMB (advanced memory buffer) control of a DDR2 SDRAMs.
Software lets your PC display RF power Product News 3/15/2005 Post a comment A new software package lets you use popular Bird Electronic RF Thruline Power Sensors to measure transmission line RF power and SWR with your PC. You can now read, store, and display RF measurements, and save the results to text files.
Wafer tester monitors RF chip quality in realtime Product News 3/15/2005 Post a comment Test-and-measurement vendor Keithley Instruments is debuting a third-generation on-wafer RF measurement capability. Designed for parametric production process control, Keithley's latest RF Option offers continuous, automatic realtime monitoring of RFIC measurement quality.
Schneller messen in der Fertigung News & Analysis 3/15/2005 Post a comment Mehr Produktivität im Bauteiletest verspricht Keithley Instruments den Anwendern zweier neuer Meßgerätefamilien. Die Anwendungen zielen auf den Wafertest in der Halbleiterfertigung beziehungsweise auf den End-Test fertiger Komponenten.
Deutschland liefert Tsunami-Warnsystem News & Analysis 3/14/2005 Post a comment Deutschland wird ein Tsunami-Warnsystem an Indonesien liefern, das zu wesentlichen Teilen auf Entwicklungen des Geoforschungszentrums Potsdam beruht. Kernstück des Systems ist ein Sensornetz mit Geophonen, Pegelmessgeräten und bojengestützten Druckmessgeräten; die Daten werden über Satelliten verknüpft.
Un nouveau président chez Anritsu News & Analysis 3/14/2005 Post a comment Anritsu, fournisseur d’équipements de test et mesures pour systèmes de communication fixe et mobile, annonce la nomination de Hiromichi Toda en tant que président d’Anritsu Corporation, à compter du 23 juin 2005. Il succède à Akira Shiomi, lequel demeure directeur et président du conseil d’administration.
Software finds MPEG faults---at speed Design How-To 3/14/2005 Post a comment Instrumentation house Tektronix is debuting a compressed video test system that gives you the ability to automatically monitor, analyze, and de-bug digital video transport streams. Tek's MTS400 Series supports realtime Video-over-IP monitoring, analysis, and recording for broadband video and video-on-demand applications. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn describes his hands-on observations.
Modular scalable test set comprises source-measure ATE Product News 3/10/2005 Post a comment Test equipment maker Keithley Instruments has a new platform it claims can significantly lower the cost of test, especially for silicon and compound semiconductor manufacturers. Built on Keithley's patent-pending third-generation source-measure technology, its Series 2600 System SourceMeters are high-throughput source-measure instruments. Their scalable form-factor can readily accommodate multi-channel systems.
Bring Speed and Accuracy to 4-Port Models of 40-Gb/s Differential Structures Design How-To 3/9/2005 Post a comment Moving data at 40-Gb/s over copper is no longer a theoretical exercise; it has become a reality. For physical-layer structuresthe passive linear components, backplanes, IC packages, cables and connectorsare no longer the bottlenecks in high-speed digital systems. In this feature article, authors Jim Mayrand, Mike Resso of Agilent Technologies, and Dima Smolyansky of TDA Systems explore recent advances in 4-port instrumentation that now enable designers to accurately model 40-Gb/s dif
In-system programming board targets Atmel micros during production Product News 3/8/2005 Post a comment Here's news of an in-system flash-equipped microcontroller programming system for use in automated test systems, as well as during production runs. Unlike products designed for programming ICs that are mounted on circuit boards, this system uses an open architecture to integrate automated test with manufacturing systems.
Use DSP judiciously in high-end scopes Design How-To 3/7/2005 Post a comment Digital signal processing plays a role in every modern real-time digitizing oscilloscope. In the technician's benchtop instrument, DSP supports fundamental sampling functions. In the engineer's lab scope, a more sophisticated form of DSP can extend bandwidth beyond purely analog limits and improve overall accuracy.
Cross-domain protocol tester checks PCI Express, Fibre Channel Product News 3/2/2005 Post a comment Offering multi-protocol analysis with time correlation, test-and-measurement vendor Agilent Technologies is debuting an enhancement to its existing protocol tester. You can now achieve time-correlated, cross-domain protocol analysis of PCI Express and Fibre Channel, in chips and complex systems.
LeCroy's scopes get unique mixed-signal outboard pods Product News 3/1/2005 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker LeCroy now has a mixed-signal USB-connected module that adds 32 channels of digital input to some of its 4-channel oscilloscopes. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn looks at LeCroy's outboard USB module, and compares its' performance to competitive mixed-signal instruments from Agilent, Tektronix, and Yokogawa.
PXI plug-in is a 7-1/2-digit DMM, digitizer Product News 3/1/2005 Post a comment National Instruments is rolling out a multi-function plug-in card that works as a 7-1/2-digit DMM and a 1.8-Msample/s isolated digitizer. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at this new PXI card.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.