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Anritsu wireless comms tester triples functionality in one 'box'
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5/31/2007   Post a comment
Anritsu's MS269X series communications test unit streamlines signal analysis for GSM, GPRS, EDGE, WiMAX and HSPA, increases measurement speed and combines multiple test features in one module.
Power sensor measures true-RMS power
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
Anritsu says it has introduced a highly accurate power sensor that measures true-RMS power, regardless of the input signal or its bandwidth, over 63 dB of dynamic range from 50 MHz to 6 GHz.
Solid-state MUX delivers 40-V switching
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
Pickering Interfaces is expanding its PXI switching product line with the 40-682 versatile multiplexer (MUX) that uses high-performance solid state switching to provide it with long service life, no switch bounce, and low on resistance.
Hand-held broadband meter sets new standards in the measurement of electromagnetic fields
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
Available from Link Microtek is a hand-held broadband meter designed for measuring electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of transmitters and industrial equipment. Manufactured by Narda Safety Test Solutions, the NBM-550 instrument offers a choice of calibrated interchangeable probes, a GPS option and a wide range of storage and documentation features.
Veritas wins fight for control of Areoflex
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Veritas Capital has won the tussle for ownership of T&M equipment and component maker Aeroflex Inc. The the original and only other bidder, a combination of General Atlantic and Francisco Partners, decided not to raise its offer.
BaseXIO option adds 8 asynchronous TTL channels to instrument cards
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5/24/2007   Post a comment
Strategic Test introduces a BaseXIO option for its UltraFast oscilloscope and arbitrary waveform generator(AWG) cards, enabling the oscilloscope and AWG cards to control external equipment.
Private equity groups fight over Aeroflex
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5/23/2007   Post a comment
A battle has broken out over the ownership of test and measurement equipment and component maker Aeroflex Inc. after the company's board ruled the latest offer from Veritas Capital, at $14.50 a share, or 1$ billion in cash, superior to one it conditionally accepted in March from two private equity firms.
REVIEW: USB modules support scalable high channel-count applications
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Take a look at these USB bus-powered DAC modules that are optimized for hostile environments. Contrary to the popular use of USB modules in benign lab-type applications, these modules are galvanically isolated. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Autosar and FlexRay bode well for Automotive tester
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5/21/2007   Post a comment
Amidst a booming market for automotive electronics test technology, Munich-based engineering company Berner & Mattner GmbH is about to implement plans to expand its regional coverage. Having launched an office at Volkswagen headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, the company now has plans to open more offices in Berlin as well as in France and, eventually, in the USA.
Third WiMax PlugFest tackles code initialization issues
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
A week-long plugfest sponsored by the WiMax Forum confronted software initialization issues at the point where wireless service flows begin.
REVIEW: PCI Express plug-ins endow Windows PCs with fast digital I/O
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5/18/2007   Post a comment
PXI Express is making news at National Instruments. The company is rolling out a number of PXIe high-speed instruments, as well as an 18-slot chassis to house them. The modular instruments include a 100-MHz dual-channel digitizer and two 32-channel digital I/O modules. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
RF power detector reduces output variation to ±0.5 dB at full power
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5/17/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX2204, a linear power detector for mobile applications in a 2 x 2.2-mm, lead-free, 5-pin SC70 package.
Equivalent Results: A methodology to measure the effects of high-speed compression
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5/16/2007   Post a comment
Real-world examples demo the benefits of using appropriate compression (lower pin counts, lower power consumption, reduced board area, and lower system costs).
Programmable clock generator provides sub-75-picosecond jitter
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor introduced a low-jitter, single-chip programmable clock generator. The CY22180 clock offers a low period and cycle-to-cycle jitter output of below 75 picoseconds for its entire output-frequency range, reaching as low as 60 picoseconds for the most commonly used frequencies.
STATS ChipPAC opens R&D center for advanced packaging
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5/15/2007   Post a comment
Singapore's STATS ChipPAC has launched a new research facility to carve out a niche in the high-end packaging market.
Under the Hood: PXI-5152 scope a design hotbed
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Precision oscilloscopes and laboratory instruments occupy a special place in the design flow for a new circuit or system. This is the instrument that verifies the performance of your prototype. It captures the signals your circuitry puts out and displays them on a calibrated screen. No matter how fast you think your high-speed circuit performs, the oscilloscope must run faster.

Germans give nod to KLA-Tencor purchase of Therma-Wave
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5/14/2007   Post a comment
Process control group KLA-Tencor Corp., has received the necessary regulatory approval from the German Federal Cartel Office for its proposed acquisition of Therma-Wave through a cash tender offer for $1.65 per share, or approximately $75 million.
Plethora of teams advance in DARPA Urban Challenge
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5/11/2007   Post a comment
Teams from around the world selected in autonomous vehicle competition which will include negotiating live traffic.
PC instrument boards get upgraded Linux drivers
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Strategic Test Corp. has released updated Linux drivers for its range of UltraFast waveform digitizer, arbitrary waveform generator and fast digital I/O boards.
Portable data acquisition device delivers 100-Mbytes/s recording speed
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
To meet increasing customer demand for very high speed data recording in a wide range of environments, GE Fanuc Embedded Systems developed the DaqScribe DDR-200 portable digital data recorder.
Embedded test products offer advanced trigger, decode capabilities
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
LeCroy has introduced UART, RS-232, and LIN trigger and decode capability, adding to its existing trigger solutions for I²C, SPI and CAN.
Meggitt realigns to create sensing systems group
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5/10/2007   Post a comment
Meggitt plc has formed a specialist sensing systems division by merging the Aerospace Systems and Meggitt Electronics operations into a single entity.
HIL simulation boosts automotive design efficiency
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation reduces development cost and increases the quality of a vehicle. The unit under test provides feedback for the simulation, and testing can take place early in the design cycle.
Handheld tester detects ONTs on FTTx F2 fibers
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
AFL Telecommunications has introduced the OFI-FTTx, a rugged, handheld optical fiber identifier designed to identify the presence or absence of an active Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on FTTx F2 fibers at the fiber distribution hub.
Test support system for ZigBee 802.15.4 -enabled devices
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5/9/2007   Post a comment
LitePoint announced the availability of test support for ZigBee 802.15.4-based wireless products, the LitePoint ZigBee software package for use with existing LitePoint IQview and IQflexTest solutions.
PCI waveform digitizers offer dual-time base mode
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Strategic Test has introduced a new dual-time base mode option for its line of UltraFast oscilloscope/digitizer PCI cards that allows the sample rate to be changed from slow to fast during a trigger event.
Signal analyzer adds measurement, security enhancements
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5/8/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has added significant measurement and security enhancements to the N9020A MXA signal analyzer, including the ability to create complete instrument security via CPU and HDD removal.
ESD plan: state of shock
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
The arcane realm of electrostatic discharge will finally reach the limelight--and perhaps the boiling point--this month as a group of leading chip makers pushes to reduce the specifications for ESD in digital ICs.
UMC targets CPUs, mulls commodity flash
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
As IDMs push to go fabless or fab-lite, UMC chief executive Jackson Hu says there will be more opportunities for the foundry to push into microprocessors and flash memory, a market he said the foundry "cannot ignore."
Tips and Tricks for Debugging Audio
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5/7/2007   Post a comment
This article explains how to set up an audio test rig, and how to design test audio signals. It also shows how to use test equipment including oscilloscopes, audio editing software, and your own ears.
Understanding Ethernet-based industrial communication protocols
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
New protocols including Ethernet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP and Profinet highlight a clear trend where industrial protocols are in transition to the Ethernet physical layer
Overcoming a wide array of UWB test challenges: Part 2
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5/4/2007   Post a comment
There are distinct advantages to Ultra wideband (UWB) technologies, but they are not without their test complexities. With the optimal approach, wireless engineers can maximize UWB's advantages for wireless applications such as Certified W-USB and short-range ground-penetrating radar systems. Part 2 of this series focuses on UWB test challenges, signal generation, interference testing, and spectral mask measurements.
Fixed, mobile WiMAX test system targets CPE
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5/3/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has introduced a manufacturing test system for WiMAX consumer premises equipment (CPE) and PC card manufacturers seeking a calibration and tuning product optimized for high-volume environments.
Tester monitors optical components over entire telecom band
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5/3/2007   Post a comment
Check out Anritsu's latest optical component tester. Its patented configuration allows optical engineers and technicians to sweep continuously over up to four tunable laser sources (TLS), for fast and accurate characterization over the entire telecommunications band.
A "How To" tutorial on logic analyzer basics for digital design
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5/2/2007   3 comments
This tutorial provides an overview of logic analyzer basics; most logic analyzers are really two analyzers in one: a timing analyzer and a state analyzer.
Protection devices deliver low capacitance to 1-GHz interfaces
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5/2/2007   Post a comment
Check out Semtech's latest additions to its RailClamp family. The pair of ESD protection devices provide system designers with the option of adding critical power protection to high-speed lines without high clamping voltage and high capacitance limitations.
Signal source analyzers test clocks to 15-GHz
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5/2/2007   Post a comment
Wavecrest announced that its family of general purpose clock and oscillator test instruments called the SSA Signal Source Analyzers is now capable of testing clocks to 15-GHz.
AC/DC current probes measure from DC to 100 MHz bandwidth
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies introduced a family of wide-bandwidth, active current probes for oscilloscopes. Low noise, high accuracy and low-circuit insertion loss make the N2780A Series current probes suitable for capturing transient or steady-state currents in power-electronics applications.
Dual-channel instrument delivers large waveforms, fast rise time
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
TEGAM has introduced its 2700A line of Hybrid Series function/arbitrary waveform generators. The Model 2732 has dual independent channels that are capable of sourcing waves up to 50 MHz and can store 4 million points of 14-bit waveform data per channel.
REVIEW: All-in-one DC power analyzer sidesteps programming
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5/1/2007   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies debuts a DC power analyzer for sourcing and measuring DC voltage and current into a device under test. You can use it to gain insight into a DUT's power demand in minutes, without writing a single line of code. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.


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