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MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
Ethernet testers get EoPDH options
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Broadband test equipment maker Innocor adds Ethernet-over-PDH transport mechanism test capabilities to its existing TestPoint testers. The company also adds Resilient Packet Ring test options to the mix. The implementation runs on OC-48/STM-16, where RPR maps into GFP. This RPR intrusive monitor feature lets you control and impair RPR traffic to measure impacts on networks.
PCI Express analysis zeros-in on AdvancedMC
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Board maker and test-and-measurement vendor Vmetro expands its existing Vanguard Express analyzer family with the introduction of a PCI Express protocol and link analyzer for the AdvancedMC form-factor.
Infrared thermometer provides high performance at low cost
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
The Convir ST8839 handheld infrared thermometer from Calex Electronics offers a great blend of high performance and outstanding value, providing an ideal solution for users that need cutting edge technology on a budget. The instrument provides a wide temperature range of -50 ºC to 1000 ºC, and offers adjustable emissivity, a feature often absent on infrared thermometers in this price range.
Fluke offers a total food temperature solution
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Fluke has introduced The FoodPro and FoodPro Plus infrared thermometers, which are designed to enable foodservice professionals to quickly and accurately gauge food product temperatures and to help detect potential food safety problems.
Multipurpose thermometer is specifically designed for HVAC professionals
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5/29/2006   Post a comment
Fluke has announced the 561 HVACPro, a multipurpose thermometer combining both infrared and contact temperature measurement functions in a single tool for inspecting Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installations.
Laser cuts automotive template cost
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5/26/2006   Post a comment
Laser scanning eliminates physical templates, chopping cost and development time. Benefits also include greater accuracy and quicker engineering changes.
Credence narrows loss, meets guidance
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5/25/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor test solutions provider Credence Systems Corp. posted a net loss of $14.2 million, or 14 cents per share on sales of $124.8 million for its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended April 30. In the year-ago quarter, Credence lost $19.5 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $101.9 million.
Developing a switch-control system test program and migrating it to LXI
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5/24/2006   Post a comment
A design verification team developed a custom logic analysis program to test a complex switch-control system. A buffered digital I/O module, plugged into a multi-function switch/measure unit, provided capture, trigger, and playback features necessary to implement the test. The completed application was later modified to use a compatible digital I/O module compliant with the LXI standard.
DIN-mount power meters target renewable energy generation
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
A range of DIN-mounted power meters from Carlo Gavazzi meets the special requirements for control, monitoring and utilisation of solar power and other forms of renewable energy. The WM14-DIN family of power analysers enable comprehensive measurement of renewable energy, including output levels, power quality and hour counting as well as power demands, maximum values and thermal current.
DIN-mount power meters target renewable energy generation
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5/23/2006   Post a comment
A range of DIN-mounted power meters from Carlo Gavazzi meets the special requirements for control, monitoring and utilisation of solar power and other forms of renewable energy. The WM14-DIN family of power analysers enable comprehensive measurement of renewable energy, including output levels, power quality and hour counting as well as power demands, maximum values and thermal current.
Microwave synthetic instruments garner LXI certification
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Instrumentation house Agilent Technologies announces six microwave synthetic instruments that are the first Class A LXI instruments to achieve certification from the LXI Consortium. The mix includes RF up- and down-converters, waveform generators, and digitizers.
Transceiver platform integrates FPGA for improved signal processing
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5/22/2006   Post a comment
Pentek designed its latest real-time multiband recording and playback transceiver development platform with a highly integrated PMC radio transceiver module that includes several resources, most notably a Virtex II Pro FPGA with on-board processors.
Handheld coaxial in-line meter records RF power measurements
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5/19/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a handheld coaxial-cable RF power meter that can work in a standalone manner or in conjunction with a Windows PC across USB. It will measure power in 50-ohm lines from milliwatts to 50-W at frequencies from 800-MHz to 2.2-GHz.
Aeroflex's digital radio test software adds Agilent 8920 emulation
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5/17/2006   Post a comment
Audio test capabilities include a new FFT audio analyzer and a tunable notch frequency for distortion and SINAD measurements.
LXI-certified function/arbitrary waveform generator debuts
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5/16/2006   Post a comment
Continuing its thrust to be at the forefront of LXI test gear, Agilent Technologies introduces what it says is the industry's first LXI-certified 20-MHz function/arbitrary waveform generator with variable-edge pulses and pulse-width modulation. It can generate signals from the micro-Hertz regime out to 20-MHz, feeding 50-ohm unbalanced loads.
World’s highest-density single-slot 3U PXI switching modules?
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
PXI bus module vendor Pickering Interfaces is expanding its line of relay-equipped switching modules. The company is rolling out a family of boards it says comprises the world's highest-density matrices in single-slot PXI module formats. Pickering even makes its own hi-rel relays for these plug-ins.
Multi-channel tester lets your PC automatically analyze audio
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5/15/2006   Post a comment
If you're developing a multi-channel audio product such as a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound or automotive sound system, here's news of a PC-controlled tester from Audio Precision that will let even semi-skilled operators get up-and-running quickly. Its liberal use of colorful 3-D graphics makes it a snap to learn and use.
Sensor monitors battery's temperature, float charge, impedance
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5/12/2006   Post a comment
LEM hails its Sentinel, an intelligent sensor/tranducer, as the industry's most comprehensive monitor for lead-acid batteries.
CSR picks Agilent for Bluetooth EDR test solution
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
The solution is based on Agilent's N4010A wireless connectivity set and is designed as an upgrade to existing N4010A Bluetooth users.
USB stimulus-response module generates four simultaneous waveforms
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of multi-function modules for simultaneous generation of stimulus-response test signals. These high-speed USB modules from Data Translation let you generate arbitrary waveforms on up to four output channels at throughput speeds of 500-kHz each.
The heat is on, but sensor interface ICs withstand under-hood temperatures
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5/11/2006   Post a comment
The latest mixed-signal semiconductor processes enable integrated sensor interface ICs that significantly simplify the implementation of sensor applications for elevated automotive electronics temperatures--up to 165C.
Tektronix cancels product symposium
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Test equipment supplier Tektronix Inc. has cancelled a New Product Launch and Product Symposium scheduled for next week because the products could not roll out on time, EE Times has learned.
Integrated tester checks the WiMAX PHY layer
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Here's an RF test system that works with Windows PCs to support WiMAX products based on the forthcoming IEEE-802.16 standard. Packing an integrated vector signal analyzer and vector signal generator, this single-box test system can readily excercise and test PHY layer parameters.
3-D electromagnetic simulation software to ease microwave design
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5/9/2006   Post a comment
Do dimension-critical microwave components, feedlines, antennas, and stripline layouts scare you? If so, you're not alone. Help's on the way. Check out Agilent's soon-to-be-released Electromagnetic Design System software. Get in on a beta test program, too.
Troubleshooting audio and video noise
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5/9/2006   1 comment
Tracking down hum and cross talk in audio systems can be maddening. Bill Whitlock's practical, hands-on approach to diagnosing audio noise simplifies noise elimination.
LitePoint's tester handles WiMAX physical layer
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5/8/2006   Post a comment
LitePoint Corp.'s single-box IQmax tester supports the IEEE 802.16-2004 OFDM PHY standard including all bandwidth and data rate options.
Benchtop device programmer lends itself to automation
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5/4/2006   Post a comment
Frustrated with labor-intensive device programmers that result in bent leads and/or blank devices? Eliminating the need for manual device programming, here's a self-contained and automated device programmer that sits on a desktop and uses patents-pending plug-and-program techniques. It accommodates all flash and serial memory devices, including NAND flash and programmable microcontrollers. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
cPCI/PXI A/D module packs integrated signal conditioning
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Here's an A/D converter module that packs integrated signal conditioning circuitry, all in a single-width CompactPCI/PXI format that sells for about $1275. The built-in signal conditioning is noteworthy at this price point.
165-MHz hi-fi pattern generators are compact and rack-mountable
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5/3/2006   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is debuting a line of rack-mountable pulse/pattern generators. They give you adjustable pulse widths from 3-ns to as long as 1000 seconds. eeProductCenter's Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a closer look.
Agilent Technologies offers 5-day calibration turnaround
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5/2/2006   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies now has a program that guarantees a turnaround time of five business days for popular instruments covered by a serialized calibration contract. If the five-day commitment isn't met, you receive your next calibration at no charge.
18-GHz realtime scope eases serial signal analysis
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker LeCroy Corp. introduces its pacesetting 18-GHz serial data scope, with a 60-Gsample/s sampling rate and up to 150 million points of memory. The instrument uses a unique heterodyne signal conversion scheme that eschews DSP.
Modular instrumentation system streams data using USB 2.0
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5/1/2006   Post a comment
National Instruments is debuting a modular platform for sensor and electrical measurements under Windows. Useful in the lab, in the field, or on the production line, NI's CompactDAQ system offers an eight-slot chassis that accepts I/O modules capable of measuring up to 256 channels of electrical, physical, mechanical and acoustic signals. By combining plug-and-play USB with modular instrumentation, NI CompactDAQ comprises small, simple, portable, and cost-effective data-acq and test-and-measurem


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