Pin-compatiblility makes upgrading ADCs simple Product News 5/26/2004 Post a comment Texas Instruments announced five new members of the ADS5500 high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC) family. The ADS5500 family now consists of three 14-bit ADCs and three 12-bit ADCs available in speeds of 80, 100 and 125 MSPS. The pin-compatible family of ADCs provides customers with an easy upgrade path. Designers now have a range of resolutions, speed and performance options tailored for their application requirements.
Ruggedized data recorder works with laptops Product News 5/25/2004 Post a comment eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews a portable data-acq unit and recorder designed for automotive, industrial, laboratory, and mobile applications. As a highly modular unit, it can work as a high-bandwidth front-end for PC data acquisition, as well as a recorder. Options let you write to tape, disk or solid-state drives.
New comb/harmonic generator family input extends to 3GHz Product News 5/25/2004 Post a comment Picosecond Pulse Labs announces the introduction of its comb generator product line. The first product introduced is the Model 5660 comb generator with pre-amplifier. The 5660 works with sine wave inputs ranging from 500 MHz to 3 GHz, producing usable harmonics to greater than 50 GHz.
Software extends Willtek handheld spectrum analyzer Product News 5/22/2004 Post a comment RF instrumentation maker Willtek Communications is debuting new software for its existing Model 9101 handheld spectrum analyzer. The new software will let this nomadic instrument make better cellphone tests and work in both 50-ohm and 75-ohm coax cable environments.
Gripper family probes out to 10 GHz Product News 5/20/2004 Post a comment Sometimes it's the seemingly insignificant aspects of a piece of test gear that will give you a case of the gotchas. Probes often fall into that category. High-speed and differential types are typically very expensive, tend to break, and sometimes have a way of sprouting legs and walking---just when you need them most. Here's a new line of probes from Emulation Technology that should prove electrically- and cost-effective.
Pentium board carries GPS, Ethernet, CAN bus, data-acq options Product News 5/20/2004 Post a comment Based on a Pentium core, here's a feature-rich controller board in an EBX form-factor. It supports up to 32 channels of 16-bit A/D and four channels of 14-bit D/A, as well as an optional on-board GPS that can time-sync data-acq of geographically distant systems, as well as reveal location and altitude.
Freebie digital design and debug guide Product News 5/18/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies is publishing its latest Digital Design and Debug Solutions Selection Guide. This 20-page printed booklet includes product comparison tables for oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, pulse pattern generators, bit error ratio testers, and probes. Be sure to get yours now.
Keithley publishes 4-step error checker poster, other freebies Product News 5/18/2004 Post a comment Got unsightly holes on your cubicle's wall that need covering? Then check out this freebie from test-and-measurement supplier Keithley Instruments. The company's nifty Four Step Error Checker poster offers guidance for avoiding common low-level measurement errors. It illustrates measurement types and applications, symptoms of errors and their causes, and guidelines for avoiding them.
21-bit measuring system accurately analyzes vehicular battery charge Product News 5/17/2004 Post a comment Here's news of a compact and portable measuring system for the analysis of vehicular electrical systems. The product is designed to record both resting and starting currents---under real world conditions---without any need for structural modification to a vehicle, and can dish up readings from milliamps to 1500-A, thanks to 21-bit data conversion.
Agreement promises ultra-fast digitizer cores, cards Product News 5/17/2004 Post a comment RF Engines Ltd., a UK-based signal processing design house, and Swiss-based high-speed data converter supplier Acqiris are announcing details of a new high-speed digitizer design and processing core. For its part, RFEL will supply an SoC for one of Acqiris's new high-speed digitizers, a 2-Gsample/s CompactPCI card. Acqiris's card carries a Xilinx FPGA that will hold RFEL's realtime processing engine.
Wireless signal analyzer provides MATLAB link Product News 5/17/2004 Post a comment Communications test equipment vendor Anritsu is jumping into the high-end signal analyzer fray with the release of a 100-Hz to 8-GHz instrument that provides a direct link to the popular MATLAB development tool from The MathWorks. MATLAB does numerical computations with matrices and vectors, and displays information graphically.
WLAN-Tester für alle Lebenslagen News & Analysis 5/14/2004 Post a comment Als vielseitige Plattform für Entwicklung, Integration und Verifizierung von WLAN-Systemen und –Komponenten präsentiert der Messgerätehersteller Rohde & Schwarz seinen neuen WLAN-Protokolltester PTW70.
Focus On: New oscilloscopes pace designer's technologies Product News 5/12/2004 Post a comment Focus On: Oscilloscopes are pacing (and in some cases exceeding) breakneck advances in system architectures and topologies. As data rates move to gigahertz speeds, signal interference is dictating a move from parallel to serial architectures. Oscilloscopes are increasingly called upon to analyze and troubleshoot these high-speed designs.
Industry-first 8B/10B scope analysis package Product News 5/11/2004 Post a comment Destined to speed up debugging, characterization, and validation of high-speed serial bus designs, Agilent Technologies is introducing what it says is an industry-first, a serial-data analysis package for its existing Infiniium 54850 Series oscilloscopes.
Scalability testing: are there limits? Product News 5/11/2004 Post a comment Opinion: A previous eeProductCenter article discussed the future routing technology of the Internet, namely MultiProtocol Label Switching. MPLS, as an emerging protocol, may optimize networks while offering incremental value-added services. In this follow-on article, we take another look at MPLS, this time with an eye towards scalability. The author gives his opinion about conducting effective testing.
Agilent debuts 7-GHz scope probing, software Product News 5/6/2004 Post a comment Claimed to be the first such instrument to enable realtime high-impedance 7-GHz measurements, Agilent Technologies is introducing an enhanced-bandwidth software option for its existing Infiniium 54855A 6-GHz oscilloscope. This option will permit you to increase a 54855A's bandwidth to 7 GHz.
PC-hosted Fibre Channel analyzer is portable, scalable Product News 5/5/2004 Post a comment Communications protocol test company Computer Access Technology Corp. is readying a 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel analyzer. This portable platform combines display, analysis, capture, and reporting tools---just the ticket for early adopters of high-speed Fibre Channel.
Kulicke & Soffa to show innovative test-socket interconnect Product News 5/4/2004 Post a comment Assembly equipment supplier Kulicke & Soffa will soon debut what it hails as a "revolutionary" photolithographic package-test technology. Moving towards beta testing and evaluation, its technology is hailed as an alternative to conventional contactors that use spring-loaded pins for test sockets.
National Instruments gives LabVIEW yet another shot in the arm Product News 5/3/2004 Post a comment Data-acq and instrumentation company National Instruments is announcing the latest upgrade to its venerable LabVIEW automated instrumentation software. NI's latest spin, dubbed LabVIEW 7.1, is billed as a significant upgrade to the company's family of graphical development products.