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Opinion: Your logic analyzer can probe those forgotten signals!
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Logic analysis is a powerful tool. However, the most powerful logic analyzer is useless without a sound probing connection to a system under test. If you approach the problem carefully, you'll find that you can even probe those "forgotten" signals.
PC-operated JTAG controller relies on fast LAN or USB connections
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of a high-performance intelligent boundary-scan controller that can be connected either to a PC via high-speed USB 2.0 or a 10/100BaseT Ethernet LAN connection. The unit can also test and in-system program CPLDs, FPGAs, and flash memories, on up to four ganged JTAG chains.
Agilent says latest 2-GHz 10-Gsample/s storage scope packs industry's lowest price
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5/26/2004   Post a comment
Certified for USB 2.0 compliance testing, Agilent Technologies's latest four-channel 2-GHz storage scope is claimed to be the first such instrument with 10-Gsample/s performance at the industry's lowest price. The scope and its companion probing system are also certified by the USB Implementers Forum as USB v2.0 compliance test tools.
Pin-compatiblility makes upgrading ADCs simple
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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
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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.
PocketPC-based IEEE-802.11 test receiver gets internal GPS
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5/25/2004   Post a comment
Wireless test equipment vendor Berkeley Varitronics Systems is releasing an innovation to its existing Yellowjacket 802.11b/a/g test receiver based on an HP iPAQ PocketPC.
New comb/harmonic generator family input extends to 3GHz
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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.
ATE software combines realtime test process control with analysis
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
A firm that calls itself a semiconductor "test improvement company," says it has "breakthrough software" that promises to reduce test cost while accelerating time-to-market in high-volume chip production.
Software extends Willtek handheld spectrum analyzer
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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
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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
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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
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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.
LeCroy adds PCI-Express compliance test, debug package to serial analyzers
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5/18/2004   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker LeCroy has a new PCI-Express compliance test package for those of you designing and testing components and products that use the new technology.
Keithley publishes 4-step error checker poster, other freebies
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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.
Analyzer gets 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel support
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5/18/2004   Post a comment
News of 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel analysis support for an existing modular tester lets you monitor and test storage devices and storage area network components.
Network-controllable benchtop delay and pulse generator debuts
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor reports on a new digital delay and pulse generator that touts an Ethernet interface. Using a network, you can control it from across the bench or across the world.
21-bit measuring system accurately analyzes vehicular battery charge
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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
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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
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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.
Multiple digitizer cards drop into PCs, give 14-bit performance at 12-bit prices
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5/14/2004   Post a comment
Look at these new 12-bit digitizer cards. They can give 14-bit A/D performance at 12-bit prices. What's more, they can be combined in multiple in an industrial-type PC to create systems with up to 128 synchronized channels.
WLAN-Tester für alle Lebenslagen
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Physically distributed WLAN verification/test system validates 802.11-based devices
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews a new wireless LAN tester that's billed as the first true IEEE-802.11 protocol test system to provide complete conformance testing, and the most accurate 802.11 protocol analysis. You can use it to perform tests at every stage of WLAN development, from lab to field deployment.
National Instruments gives LabVIEW yet another shot in the arm
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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.


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