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Aeroflex's portable 1-GHz test set features color display
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
The 2944B comes equipped with the tools and capabilities to efficiently perform testing, fault diagnosis and installation at an affordable price.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
3.5G wireless tester gets 1xEV-DO phone option
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Wireless test vendor Willtek Communications offers options for testing 1xEV-DO wireless devices. The company's existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester, when fitted with these options, is now suitable for use in manufacturing, as well as by technicians at field repair centers.
Measurements-based optimization scheme targets wideband networks
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
A usage-based cellular network optimization tool can now provides you with an accurate view of an entire network in near realtime. The wideband CDMA, EV-DO, and UMTS optimization tool dishes up results based on actual network usage.
Analog-output modules talk USB
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Data acquisition equipment vendor Measurement Computing now offers three 16-bit high-drive analog-output USB-compatible DAC modules. These are intended for use on PC-based data-acq systems, where they can provide 100-Hz/channel throughput.
Windows software endows Tektronix spectrum analyzers with off-line analysis
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope and instrumentation vendor Tektronix is releasing off-line analysis software for spectrum analysis. With Tek's RSAVu bits, you can acquire signals using a Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and then analyze the captured information offline on your Windows PC.
Less-than-$1000 signal generator spans 1-Hz to 1-GHz
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Check out this $985 PC-controlled digitally synthesized signal generator that spans 1-Hz to 1-GHz. Developing analog and digital outputs, it accommodates a variety of waveform modulation options, operating as a signal source, function generator, and ARB.
Realtime scope analysis option targets CAN serial busing
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Yokogawa announces serial data bus analysis capabilities for some of its existing digital oscilloscopes. Capabilities now include standard triggering on CAN serial data buses, and optional realtime CAN protocol analysis.
Ultimate Products of the year
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Here is a list of the most significant products introduced in the past 12 months, chosen by qualified readers of EE Times and eeProductCenter. Electronic balloting was conducted quarterly, based on a list of 10 nominees submitted to readers by expert editors.
Self-contained LXI instruments talk Ethernet in distributed test systems
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Instrumentation house Agilent Technologies rolls out a series of LXI Class C instruments in 1U-sized half-rack form-factors. The company's L4400 Series are industry-standard units that can be placed right at a DUT and controlled remotely using your favorite Web browser.
Automotive signal conditioning ICs go green
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
As the deadline for implementing green, lead-free electronics packaging approaches, automotive system engineers must consider how they will accommodate the constraints and specifications of such new standards in their designs.
Singapore's Ellipsiz to buy test integration subsidiary
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Packaging services provider Ellipsiz announced March 20 that it plans to assume full ownership of subsidiary iNETest, a test equipment systems integrator.
Development tools support wireless USB silicon
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
If you're considering WiMedia-based ultra-wideband for your next product design, check out this reference design kit. It supports UWB silicon that works at wireless WiMedia data rates from 53-Mbits/s to USB's 480-Mbits---and even to 1-Mbit/s. The PCI Express mini card kit is based on Certified Wireless USB from the USB Implementers Forum.
Automated testing shoots for Dolby Digital certification
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3/16/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of some macros for an automated system that tests audio gear for certification for the coveted Dolby Digital Certification. Software automatically configures and runs the required tests, presenting results on-screen and creating the requisite Dolby Certification documentation.
Deep-memory oscilloscope platforms probe automotive FlexRay
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3/15/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Yokogawa Electric is rolling out two FlexRay signal analyzers. These instruments let you simultaneously perform both protocol analyses and waveform observations for in-vehicle FlexRay control networks. This analyzer is claimed to be the first measuring instrument to integrate both functions.
Comms recorder-interface handles optical and electrical signals
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
A digital recorder interface module de-serializes high-speed data streams for parallel interfacing to data recorders. It will do this from either optical or electrical media, and meets most commercial communications specs. The module includes a built-in Web server.
Web-enabled programmable signal conditioners are Windows-equipped
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3/14/2006   Post a comment
A 5U-sized chassis is the platform for a Web-connected 64-channel sensor signal-conditioning system. Multiple chasses can also be Ethernet-linked for high channel-count requirements. The compact unit features high performance capabilities powered by an onboard Pentium IV processor running Windows.
Boundary-scan test software extols system-wide coverage
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3/13/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a productivity-enhancing software application that extends the use of IEEE-1149.1 boundary-scan tools to testing and programming multi-assembly systems. These systems can comprise multiple boards, daughter cards, backplanes, connectors, and cables.
Agilent unveils optical test gear
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3/10/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. came to the Optical Fibers in Communications conference with a line of bit error rate testers spanning subgigabit rates for the production floor to the first 100-Gbit/sec bit error rate tester.
Leading-edge BERTs push PHY layer test horizons
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
Because PHY layer test needs differ during development life cycles (ranging from leading-edge technology in research labs to small low-cost instruments suitable for high-volume manufacturing) Agilent Technologies now offers three very different bit-error-ratio testers. These instruments span the gamut of capabilities for conducting in-depth analyses and characterization, as well as production-line testing. One instrument accommodates 100-Gbit/s data streams!
SOC integration tips ease FlexRay vehicle network implementation
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3/8/2006   Post a comment
New automotive applications such as advanced engine and emissions control and by-wire features require many more electronic components, each screaming for more data, deterministic behavior, and reliability. The FlexRay communication protocol was developed to fulfill these needs. Here's how design engineers can add it to their designs.
Test software enhances large data-set signal acquisition and analysis
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3/7/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: Large data-set signal acquisition and analysis. Recently introduced software addresses the problems associated with the acquisition of large data sets. Long record lengths generated by digital storage oscilloscopes, for example, can easily represent thousands of screen’s worth of signal activity. How do you wade through that and make sense of what your scope has acquired? Click to learn how.
Freebie handbook takes close look at test switching
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3/6/2006   Post a comment
Want a handy desktop reference about switching functions for test applications? Test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is publishing a free Switching Handbook. This 190-page text covers the fundamentals of the switching function in test-and-measurement applications.
FPGA-based platform speeds in-vehicle testing
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3/3/2006   Post a comment
Automotive tests often require unique equipment, resulting in large amounts of money spent on gear for only a few specific tests. Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) permit engineers to create a single platform to solve a variety of in-vehicle test applications.
Plug-in digitizers get on-board peak detection
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Digitizer maker Gage Applied Technologies is releasing on-board peak detection for its existing PC-hosted digitizer boards. Gage's eXpert Peak Detection adjunct now permits detection of peaks within a set of digitized waveform data.
Air velocity transmitter uses hot-film sensor
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
An air velocity transmitter from E+E Elektronik is designed for accurate measurement of air speed and gas flow at rates between 0 and 40-m. Its hot-film sensor element is based on state-of-the-art thin-film technology, guaranteeing high sensitivity even at very low mass flows.
Plug-in module accurately measures timing
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3/1/2006   Post a comment
Check out this CompactPCI timing module. It offers the ability to measure events spaced as far apart as 20-seconds, with 50-ps timing resolution. The module can operate in either single-start or multi-start acquisition modes, with timing information on all independent channels encoded relative to a common channel.

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.
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