Credence, Spirox combine Taiwan operations News & Analysis 5/31/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. has announced it would combine its Taiwan operations with the T1 test division of Spirox Corp. to form Credence Spirox Integration Corp.
Less than $800 buys high-resolution DMM Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Signametrics is releasing a plug-and-play PXI/cPCI digital multimeter with 5-1/2 digits of resolution, high dynamic range, and 100-reading/s capability. Best of all, it sells for less than $800.
Logic analyzers tackle complexity with automation Product News 5/31/2005 Post a comment Tektronix is rolling out two new Windows-based logic analyzers, including a portable and a benchtop mainframe. Both offer throughput Tek claims is three times faster than previous models, and both are highly automated. New software makes it all tick.
Credence falls short of guidance, expects weak quarter News & Analysis 5/26/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. reported a net loss of $19.5 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $101.9 million in the second fiscal 2005 quarter ended April 30, compared to a net loss of $36.3 million, or 41 cents per share on sales of $93.9 million the prior quarter.
PC/104 extenders link I/O across noise-free optical waveguides Product News 5/25/2005 Post a comment Here's news of an FPGA-equipped PC/104 plug-in that can find a home in electrically noisy environments, such as industrial data acquisition systems. The board comprises a bus extender that lets you extend the range of any PC/104-based data-acq and control stack. It does that by means of a multi-mode fiber optic channel. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Clock extraction circuitry times high-speed communications test News & Analysis 5/24/2005 Post a comment A critical aspect of the receiver circuit decision process is ensuring that the "0-or-1" decision process occurs at an optimal time. Some form of clock signal must be provided to the decision circuit to time the decision process, writes Agilent's Greg Le Cheminant. But this signal must be highly synchronous with the incoming data stream. Just a small offset in frequency between the data rate and the receiver clock, he says, will degrade the BER. Greg's tutorial on clock-data recovery (CDR) in th
Raza Micro's XLR processors get JTAG emulation support Product News 5/24/2005 Post a comment Boundary-scan equipment vendor Corelis now has a family of JTAG/IEEE-1149.1 emulators for the Raza Microelectronics XLR microprocessor. The emulators give you source-level debug capability for multiple processors, partitioning individual processor hardware and software resources into a multi-windowed environment.
Single-band satellite simulator saves money, time Product News 5/23/2005 Post a comment The MSS Series Mini Satellite Simulator, by translating signals from an uplink terminal into downlink signals and retransmitting them, offers a low-cost alternative to costly leased time on an orbiting satellite. As a tool for field training of military and satellite news gathering personnel, the simulator's rapid set-up promises to save time as well as money.
Digitaltest erweitert Servicenetz News & Analysis 5/20/2005 Post a comment Der auf Produktionstestanlagen spezialisierte Anbieter Digitaltest hat einen neuen Partner für seine Kundenbetreuung im deutschen Raum gefunden. Die Firma proTest mit Sitz in Grafing bei München steht künftig Digitaltest-Kunden für die Adapter- und Prüfprogramm-Erstellung zur Verfügung.
$240 PCI drop-in is GPIB controller Product News 5/19/2005 Post a comment Providing an interface between IEEE-488/GPIB instruments and PCI-equipped PCs, this PCI bus plug-in card is compliant with IEEE-488.1 and IEEE-488.2 standards. Best of all, it's available at an introductory price of $240.
Testanlagen-Markt erholt sich News & Analysis 5/19/2005 Post a comment Nach Zahlen des Marktforschungsunternehmens Prime Data befindet sich der Markt für Testanlagen auf Erholungskurs. Zum ersten Mal seit der Talfahrt von 2001 verzeichnete die Branche 2004 wieder ein Wachstum.
Programmable electronic loads heft nearly 2-kW Product News 5/18/2005 Post a comment If you're working with batteries or battery chargers, fuel cells, AC-to-DC and DC-to-DC converters, DC-to-AC inverters, or voltage regulator modules, Elgar Electronics has a new line of programmable electronic loads to ease the task of testing such sources. Offered in both modular and rack-mount configurations, these loads can heft either AC or DC, with versions capable of handling between 75-W to 1.8-kW.
Digital, analog function generator resides on VME board Product News 5/18/2005 Post a comment A new VME bus four-channel analog and digital waveform generator plug-in can let you create arbitrary waveshapes that are synchronized with logic-level outputs. The board's four waveform generators are each capable of generating one 12-bit analog waveform and up to four TTL-compatible outputs.
Test instrument market on the rise at last, says analyst News & Analysis 5/17/2005 Post a comment Figures released Thursday (May 12th) by market researcher Prime Data show the instrument market growing after a long hiatus. After declining 57 percent for their peak sales level in 2000, declining in 2001, 2002 and showing no growth in 2003, test instrument sales grew by 12 percent in 2004 to approximately $6.5 billion. This the first positive growth for the test instrument market since it began to decline in 2001, said Galen Wampler, president of the Smartville, Calif. research firm.
Ultra-fast A/D board packs 2-GHz silicon Product News 5/16/2005 Post a comment You can now boost RF signal bandwidth by nearly an order of magnitude with a new VME bus A/D converter board from Pentek. Its Model 6826 comes in either a single-channel or dual-channel version, but either samples at up to 2-Gsamples/s, with 10-bit resolution. That performance acrues to a very new Atmel A/D chip. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a first look at this very fast A/D system.
Benchtop instrument checks memory devices Product News 5/16/2005 Post a comment Here's news of a physically compact benchtop memory tester that can exercise and test high-speed PC466/433/400/333/266/200 DDR memory modules. An optional converter can extend its usefulness for SODIMMs as used in laptops.
FPGA-equipped VME data-acq board leverages VXS standard Product News 5/13/2005 Post a comment A high-speed data acquisition board leverages the VXS standard to implement multi-channel high-end sensor data-acq and processing as used in electronic warfare systems, signals intelligence systems, and radar. 105-Msample/s Analog Devices A/D converters and Xilinx FPGAs team up to provide five channels of signal processing.
Agilent abets connectivity with National Instruments gear Product News 5/12/2005 Post a comment If you've ever grappled with cobbling together a test suite based on hardware and software from a variety of suppliers, you'll appreciate this announcement from Agilent Technologies. It's announcing that its I/O Libraries Suite, IEEE-488/GPIB cards, and converters will soon work within National Instruments's LabVIEW and LabWindows environments.
PCI scope plug-in packs unique memory architecture Product News 5/10/2005 Post a comment Here's news of a 14-bit PCI bus digitizer that's capable of sampling two simultaneous analog inputs at rates up to 125-Msamples/s on each channel. A unique dual-port memory architecure lets you set up a realtime data-acq systems under probabilistic operating systems such as Windows.
LTX, Galaxy Semiconductor ink software agreement News & Analysis 5/10/2005 Post a comment LTX Corp. and Galaxy Semiconductor Solutions have signed an OEM agreement whereby LTX will include a version of Galaxy's Examinator Characterization software as part of its enVision operating system for the Fusion test platform.
Jitter measurement box performs ITU-T O.172 Standard tests Product News 5/10/2005 Post a comment Grappling with making accurate high-speed jitter compliance tests? Then check out test-and-measurement vendor Anritsu Company's new jitter analyzer. It's a 40G instrument that can make measurements on 40G transmission devices and systems in accordance to ITU-T Standard O.172. The instrument can perform jitter generation, jitter tolerance, jitter sweep, jitter transfer, and frequency sweep tests.
Test executive enhancements are royalty-free Product News 5/9/2005 Post a comment Test equipment supplier Geotest-Marvin Test Systems is releasing a new version of its existing ATEasy software that now includes an enhanced ready-to-use test executive. This complements the firm's line of PXI and PC-based test products and systems. The test executive now offers user interface customization, touch-panel support, and improved integration to your application.
RF service monitors get analog radio updates Product News 5/9/2005 Post a comment Working with analog radios as used in the Private Mobile Radio Service? If so, here's news of some upgrades to portable service monitors that serve PMR RF decks with oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer functions.
High-performance scope plug-ins pack on-board DSP Product News 5/4/2005 Post a comment Instrumentation card maker ZTEC Instruments is rolling out a family of modular digital storage oscilloscopes packing high-speed data converters coupled with deep waveform memory. These scopes impart benchtop scope features, including flexible signal conditioning, a number of triggering options, average and envelope acquisition modes, and on-board DSP. The family includes versions for PCI, CompactPCI/PXI, and VXI buses.
Video test gear gets HDMI v1.1 forklift upgrade Product News 5/4/2005 Post a comment Video test equipment maker Quantum Data now offers an upgrade to its relatively new 880 Series video test instruments. The upgrade provides dual HDMI 1.1 Tx outputs, dual HDMI 1.1 analyzer Rx inputs, report capability, support for Intel's HDCP 1.1 repeater testing, and enhanced HDMI audio. Click here for details.
Amplifier drives MEMS devices Product News 5/3/2005 Post a comment The advent of MEMS has given rise to specialized instrumentation for these devices. In response to the proliferation of MEMS, instrumentation house Tegam is now offering a four-channel MEMS engine driver amplifier, or a complete IEEE-488-controlled system for exercising MEMS.
Low-end oscilloscopes are feature-rich Design How-To 5/2/2005 Post a comment Focus-On: Low Cost Oscilloscopes. It doesn't make economic sense to equip an engineering lab bench, or a field technician's toolkit, with a high-speed expensive oscilloscope when a 60-MHz or 100-MHz instrument will often fill the bill. There are many applications where such scopes are routinely needed. Here's a round-up of some recent newly introduced examples.