Power-grid quality monitors are GPS-equipped, networked Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment With summer weather on the way, and air conditioners about to be cranked up, power-line quality will soon be an issue for generation companies. Here's a monitoring system that lets you---over the Web---identify site trends and power events. Embedded compression supports true-time data sampling, with values and trends continuously stored.
VMEbus module simulates thermocouples Product News 4/19/2006 Post a comment This VMEbus board comprises a 16-channel analog-output/thermocouple simulator. It provides outputs simulating every type of thermocouple, has automatic reference-junction temperature compensation, and produces user-programmable precision voltage outputs.
USB dongle sweeps 2.4-GHz ISM band Product News 4/17/2006 Post a comment Check out this USB plug-in stick that works with Windows PCs as a 2.4-GHZ ISM-band spectrum analyzer. You can also download executables for Linux, Mac OS, and other operating systems.
PXI generator line extends into the microwave domain Product News 4/12/2006 Post a comment RF test gear, based on plug-in PC-hosted cards, is getting cheaper and better. With PXI instruments capable of generating signals above 6-GHz, National Instruments now offers seven signal generators, essentially spanning DC to microwave. They're priced starting at less than $3000.
Ergonomic plug-and-play oscilloscopes reside in USB probes Product News 4/11/2006 Post a comment Two PC-hosted oscilloscopes are designed to fit in your hand. These low-bandwidth but cost-effective single-channel instruments give you all the capabilities of a conventional oscilloscope in a compact USB-connected probe that you can carry anywhere. You get a 100-Mample/s realtime sampling rate, a repetitive-signal sampling rate of twice that, and up to 25-MHz bandwidth.
Next-generation spectrometer debuts Product News 4/11/2006 Post a comment Instrument Systems launches its CAS 140CT, billed as a next-generation instrument in its Compact Array Spectrometer series. Equipped with detectors and gratings, seven models of the CAS140 CT cover a spectral range from 200-nm to 2160-nm.
Windows software eases JTAG test Product News 4/4/2006 Post a comment Here's news of a Windows-based tool that can accelerate the development of boundary-scan applications based on the IEEE-1149.x standards. Armed with the JTAG ProVision tool, you'll be able to provide test coverage and in-system flash and PLD programming, even for the complex boards and systems.
Reliability keying future chip designs News & Analysis 4/3/2006 Post a comment The ever-more important role reliability issues play in chip design was examined at the recent 44th International Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS) and the seventh annual International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED).
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...