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Interface enables high scan-test quality
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5/30/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics used a new interface to the tester that enabled compressed automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) patterns to be run with only three digital test pads.
Respecting your RF cables and connectors
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5/30/2009   3 comments
Cables and connectors are critical parts of an RF system, ignore their care and feeding at your peril
Danish researchers target 4G test
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
Swept spectrum analyzer offers sophisticated triggering for elusive signal capture, insight
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix RSA6000 Series operates to 14 GHz, triggers on signals within signals, performs sophisticated analysis
Design Tip: Simulating "Raw" Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) for a Quick Measure
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
This Agilent article shows a quick method of obtaining relatively complex information about a design's performance, specifically around EVM (Error Vector Magnitude) or BER (Bit Error Ratio).
Schott, Transense develop durable torque sensor
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Measuring torque in rough automotive environments is a non-trivial task: The sensors have to deliver exact data and at the same time have to be oil-proof over the vehicle's entire lifetime. Schott and Transense claim to have found a solution that meets both requirements.
3G vs. USB vs WiFi Coming
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5/25/2009   1 comment
In the new tests I'm going to look at how long it takes to download content across different. I'm going to test downloading on a 3G network, USB and WiFi across three different phones - the iPhone 3G and the BlackBerries Storm and Bold. Not only am I going to look at the amount of time it takes, but also which is easiest. There is definately something to be said about the portability of being able to download content on the go with wireless standards, but are they going to be fast enough to m
Computer Solutions : High-speed debugger supports ARM Cortex devices
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Development support for microprocessor devices based on the ARM Cortex architecture is now available on the Abatron BDI3000 high-speed debugger from Computer Solutions.
Optimizing WLAN Test Systems for Measurement Speed
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Understand the tradeoffs of the different test strategies for reducing test time of wireless local area networks
Handheld ultrasound gets FDA approval
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Startup Signostics got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship what it claims is the world's smallest ultrasound device, the pocket-sized, one-pound Signos that sells for about $4,000 as a kind of visual stethoscope.
12, 14 and 16bit octal DACs suit industrial control and portable instrumentation
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Claiming twice the accuracy of competitive devices, the 16it DAC8568, 14bit DAC8168 and 12bit DAC7568 from TI have been designed for data acquisition systems, industrial process control and portable instrumentation.
Wintegra, 4M Wireless team for LTE interoperability
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
LTE terminal protocol stack specialist 4M Wireless (Luton, England) is partnering with communications processors group Wintegra (Austin, TX) for interoperability testing.
Micronas rolls 3D hall sensor
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
For applications requiring three-dimensional position measurements, Micronas has developed a 3D hall sensor. The device is implemented as a monolithic component, allowing for higher operational temperature range than competing products, the vendor claims.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Keeping up with changes in semiconductor validation with PXI
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
In this brief "how we did it" On Semi's Ray Morgan describes how they implemented a semiconductor validation system using the PCI eXtension for Instrumentation (PXI) standard.
Groups demo LTE platforms, test cases at Berlin summit
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Silicon IP licensor Ceva Inc. ((Herzelia, Israel) has teamed with communications network integrator and software supplier Aricent to demonstrate a licensable IP platform solution for LTE baseband terminals based on Ceva's DSP core at this week’s LTE World Summit that takes place in Berlin, Germany.
Qasara and Rohde & Schwarz successfully verify ETSI 3GPP LTE test cases
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Qasara and Rohde & Schwarz announced today that the two companies have successfully verified the ETSI 3GPP LTE TTCN-3 test cases during ongoing inter-operability testing between Qasara's Virtual UE and Rohde & Schwarz's 3GPP LTE Virtual Tester.
Time-saving Measurements for Basic, Low-Cost Oscilloscopes
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5/18/2009   5 comments
Understand how even a low-cost scope can often the functions and features needed for substantive education, design, development, and debug needs
Analyst: SATS sector set for further declines
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
The back-end semiconductor manufacturing capacity of integrated device manufacturers (IDM) is likely to fall to 40 per cent by 2010, according to an analysis of the semiconductor packaging, assembly and test (SATS) sector by Gartner Inc.
Tektonix : Mixed signal scopes are economically priced
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix has launched a lower-cost version of its MSO series of mixed-signal oscilloscopes combining two or four analog channels with 16 digital channels.
Pico Technology : Data loggers connect to PC USB port
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Pico Technology announces two competitively priced, multi-channel, USB-powered data loggers.
Why would anyone bolt-down mount an RF device?
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Bolt-down versus solder-mount of RF power devices: what are the performance implications?
Using advanced logging techniques to debug & test SystemVerilog HDL code
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5/12/2009   Post a comment
How to use advanced logging techniques to fill in a critical gap in the debug and analysis of SystemVerilog testbench code and replace the manual gathering and analysis of text log files
Warp Factor 10! Star Trek warp drive in the works
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5/12/2009   9 comments
With the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise packing theaters, researchers are again speculating about the feasibility of building a faster-than-light "warp drive."
Elmos, Advantest cooperate in automotive chip testing
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
Automotive chip vendor Elmos AG (Dortmund, Germany) and semiconductor test system provider Advantest have announced to cooperate. With the move, Advantest gains a foothold in the automotive semiconductor market.
EVE integrates Xilinx ISE Design Suite into its emulation platforms
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5/8/2009   Post a comment
EVE, the leader in hardware/software co-verification, today announced that it has integrated the latest version of the Xilinx ISE Design Suite to its ZeBu (for Zero Bugs) emulation platforms.
Wipro sets up product testing center in Bangalore
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5/7/2009   3 comments
India will finally have a product testing center. WiPro is setting up one in Bangalore that will help test and certify electronic products in the computer, automotive, aerospace, computing and communication markets.
Robotic hand said to combine simplicity, dexterity
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
A robotic hand uses compressed air to combine improved dexterity with low cost, according to engineers at Virginia Tech.
High-linearity direct-quadrature offers frequency range of 5MHz to 1600MHz
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology is offering a 5MHz to 1.6GHz high-linearity direct-quadrature modulator that extends the dynamic range performance of wireless transmitters.
Economical, portable oscilloscopes debut with rich feature set
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Agilent has rolled out six new oscilloscope models that offer more signal viewing and more capabilities for higher productivity.
Agilent rolls out WirelessHD compliance test system
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
Agilent's CTS-1000 system provides WirelessHD adopters with a complete solution for testing compliance of their devices to WirelessHD standards.
Adlink : PCI expansion kit supports high-density I-O
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5/5/2009   Post a comment
A PCIe-to-6U CompactPCI/PXI expansion kit is the latest addition to Adlink’s lineup of bus expansion products.
Detector to peer deep into the 'Big Bang'
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
Microwave polarization sensors aim to confirm inflation theory of universe's origin.
Cutting Back Energy in the Data Dungeon
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
While consumers and corporations alike may be getting 'greener', the biggest energy offenders may lurk in the unnoticed regions of the enterprise: the data center. Amounting to 40 percent of a data center's total cost (including operation and equipment), the opportunities and payoff for reducing the power consumption here is substantial. Take a look to see how these solutions are spurring an industry.
Using Antenna Diversity to Create Highly Robust Radio Links
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
An improved algorithm can ease the burden of managing diversity antennas despite the additional hardware or software load they impose
Keithley adds solar cell testing to semiconductor characterization system
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5/4/2009   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments has introduced a variety of hardware, firmware, and software enhancements to its Model 4200-SCS semiconductor characterization system.
Lab models swine flu's spread; diagnostic chips being readied
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5/1/2009   1 comment
A Virginia Tech lab has been modeling the spread of swine flu as chip makers work to develop diagnostic tools to stop the H1N1 flu virus.


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