Let's hear it for T and M Blog 6/30/2004 Post a comment What analog engineer doesn't enjoy the "snick-snick" of those knurled knobs on the front of an Agilent or Tektronix high-speed scope? asks Steve Ohr in on editorial in the July issue of Planet Analog magazine. Some of the world's best analog engineers have an enviable skill set when it comes to test, he says.
Nomadic RF spectrum analyzer spans 100-kHz to 7-GHz Product News 6/30/2004 Post a comment RF test company Anritsu is debuting a battery-powered and handheld spectrum analyzer that's just the ticket for looking at IEEE-802.11a, 3G cellular, ultra-wideband, and WiMAX signals, up to 7-GHz. At the oppossite end of the spectrum, the unit goes down to 100-kHz. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn gives his impressions of Anritsu's new portable.
Modules put DSP onto ATE loadboards Product News 6/29/2004 Post a comment DFT Microsystems is rolling out what it bills is the industry's fastest jitter and timing tester. The company's DJ502 module uses multiple DSP engines that are local to both a DUT and onboard measurement engines to deliver local processing and decision-making capability that can enhance any legacy ATE.
AC scan can do nano-scale device testing Product News 6/24/2004 Post a comment Huge transistor counts, rising on-chip clock rates, relentlessly escalating levels of integration in systems-on-chip, and new types of defects seen in deep-submicron and nanometer processes are forcing IC design and test engineers to re-evaluate conventional approaches to test.
Spectrum analyzer's mixing scheme spans 100-Hz to 8-GHz without bandswitching Product News 6/23/2004 Post a comment Until recently, RF spectrum analyzers emphasized either spectrum analyzer performance or vector signal analysis. Users therefore had to buy---and learn---two different types of instruments. Her'e a new analyzer that solves the conundrum by performing in both areas. It also can be equipped with an optional 30-MHz-resolution bandwidth IF for capturing, measuring and analyzing wide modulation signals.
FhG eröffnet RFID-Testlabor News & Analysis 6/23/2004 Post a comment Die Praxistauglichkeit von RFID-Lösungen will die Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in seinem neuen Testlabor ergründen und vorantreiben. Das 'LogMoti-onLab' soll RFID-Techniken testen, anpassen und bewerten.
High-speed tester handles stacked memories Product News 6/22/2004 Post a comment The ATE folks at Agilent Technologies are announcing a new memory tester the company will ensure the lowest cost of test---and do it across a spectrum of memory devices. The tester's dynamic algorithmic pattern generator and patented tester-per-site architecture promises to provide up to four times improvement over existing systems in throughput for wafer-sort and final memory testing.
Sampling scope serves as golden reference at 12.6-Gbits/s Product News 6/21/2004 Post a comment Oscilloscope maker Tektronix is debuting a new modular sampling oscilloscope, as well as a related very high performance phase-reference module. The new scope can be configured for a bandwidth to an astounding 70 GHz. Using a multi-processor architecture, it touts dedicated per-channel DSP, too.
Instrumentation Amplifiers - wide range of power and bandwidth Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment AR East has released two broadband amplifiers that are ideal for use as driver amplifiers in testing wireless and communication components and subsystems. Both amplifiers " model 400S1G4 and model 450S1G3 " have excellent linearity, low noise, distortion and full rated power across the band.
Compact Tilt Sensor - for use as a safety cut-out Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment Omron has introduced a compact tilt sensor that is ideal for use as a safety cut-out in systems such as white portable heaters, fires and HVAC equipment, to prevent operation when they are knocked out of a fully vertical position.
Signal Generators - offer improved testing of RFICs Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment Aeroflex has added differential I/Q output to its 3410 series signal generator family for improved testing of RF integrated circuits (RFICs). Today, most RF communications ICs with I/Q modulators use differential input ports to separate I and Q signals and eliminate the effects of common mode interference.
Power Quality Analyser - Flash technology enhances performance Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment LEM has upgraded its Analyst Q70 hand-held power quality analyser. The new facilities, which can be downloaded to the flash memory of existing units, offer an easier-to-use interface, an improved range of measurements and an improved recording function to provide simpler, longer recordings.
Fully Featured AC Sources - with advanced power analysis Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment The California Instruments iX Series, available from TTI, is a range of fully featured, high-output AC and DC power sources that can be configured to provide up to 30 kVA of power from a compact package. Offering an output of 3 or 5 kVA per unit and a cabinet height of only 7 inches (178 mm), the iX Series is one of the most compact AC/DC power unit available today.
Test Probes - with screw-on alligator clips Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment Pomona Electronics announced Model 6723 Test Probes with screw-on alligator clips. The stainless steel threaded tips are designed for secure attachment to test clips providing R&D engineers and electronics service technicians safe, stable measurements for consistent test results.
Infrared Thermometer - long-range, high-temperature Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment The Raytek 3i Series of non-contact IR (infrared) thermometers is available in a broad variety of temperature ranges from minus 30° to 3000°C, laser or scope sighting options, optical ranges, and spectral responses to meet the needs of specialized industrial applications, including glass, plastic and metal.
Logic Analyser Probes - validate high-speed digital designs Product News 6/17/2004 Post a comment Agilent Technologies introduced the industry's smallest connectorless logic analyser probes. With a footprint size of 7 x 22 mm, the 17-channel soft touch probes use 60% less board space than competitive connectorless probes. In addition, the new probes offer 75%less capacitive loading than traditional connector-based probes.
Broad Band Synthesizer - fast switching, 1.5 to 3.0 GHz Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment Elcom's WFS series synthesizers are based on indirect PLL design technology with internal DDS for fine resolution. The series is ideally suited for ATE as well as Radar and EW system applications where broadband coverage, low phase noise, fast switching speeds and reliability are of primary importance.
Mini Radiation Source - checks handheld pyrometers Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment b>Infrapoint Messtechnik introduces the mini radiation source IPS 95 to quickly and easyly check pyrometers in a spectral range of 8-14µm. The mini radiation source has a highly accurate regulation to keep the temperature exact at 95°C (< ± 0,2 °C).
Infrared Detector - TV format (640x512) 15 µm pitch Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment Sofradir, a developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors for military, space and industrial applications, announced Scorpio, the industry's first TV format (640x512) 15 µm pitch infrared detector that offers the performance of full TV for the price of quarter TV.
Test Cable - retains shape after bending Product News 6/16/2004 Post a comment A low-cost special requirement test cable, Sta-Put features an armour jacket that retains its shape after bending, enabling engineers to position the DUT (Device Under Test) where it is most convenient.
Two or more cables, for example, can be used to suspend the DUT in air, making these new cables ideal for bench setups and field support.
Handheld spectrum analyzer goes up to 6-GHz Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment Here's a review of a handheld and portable wireless LAN spectrum analyzer that lets you make measurements in all of today's WLAN bands---and with coverage extending to 6 GHz for tomorrow's coverage, without the need for external modules.
Liquid Level Sensors - incorporate fast sensing technology Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment The LLE series is ideal for use in applications where fast, reliable sensing is required in small space. The additional benefits of the LLE Series of liquid levels sensors build upon the success of Honeywell's existing liquid level sensors, and offer a unique solution to customers who require a small, solid-state solution to detect the level of liquid.
Signal Conditioners - support TEDS sensors Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment The Electronics Division of PCB Piezetronics offers signal conditioning and other electronic products that support TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet) "smart" sensors (IEEE P1451.4 standard).
TEDS sensors are mixed mode (analog/digital), self-identifying transducers that contain fields that fully describe the type, operation, and attributes of the transducer, and are typically used in large channel count modal and structural testing applications.
Electronic Flow & Volume Meter - flow rates between 0.05m/s & 3m/s Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment E-T-A Circuit Breakers has introduced a 'plug and play' electronically-controlled flow meter for water, offering rail, panel or surface mounting. Used in combination with E-T-A monitoring heads and adaptors, the meter offers direct readouts of flow speed and flow volume measurement, while also providing analogue and signalling outputs.
Sweep Function Generator - is microprocessor controlled Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment The FG200 microprocessor controlled sweep function generator from Vann Draper is the latest edition to their comprehensive digimess® product range, now consisting of over 30 test and measuring instruments.
The FG200 is a general purpose sweep function generator covering the range 0.2Hz to 2MHz. The unit features a power up self-test and is operated by a combination of soft touch buttons and rotary controls. The result is a modern and easy to use instrument for engineers
Precision Barometric Indicator - an affordable transfer standard Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment GE Druck announced the DPI 142 high precision barometric indicator. The DPI 142 presents the latest developments in sensing and microprocessor technologies, including the company's resonant micromachined silicon sensor, contained within a highly compact bench or panel-mounting instrument.
First Storage Area Test Modules - for 4 Gb/s fibre channel fabrics Product News 6/15/2004 Post a comment The Agilent 1733A SAN test module enables Fibre Channel traffic generation at wire speeds of 2 Gb/s or 4 Gb/s, with allowances for any combination of data, error, link, fabric control and fabric services test.
The module can be used simultaneously with the current 1 Gb/s and 2 Gb/s 1730B modules in the same SAN tester chassis, protecting existing investments.
DVD puts Wi-fi training on a screen near you Product News 6/14/2004 Post a comment IEEE-802.11 wireless LAN test-and-measurement equipment vendor Berkeley Varitronics Systems is releasing an IEEE-802.11 WiFi training workshop and conference DVD. The less than $200 package comprises a 3-1/2 hour tutorial presenting everything from the basics of IEEE-802.11 networking to demonstrations.
Tek spins new ARB hardware, free ARB software Product News 6/14/2004 Post a comment Oscilloscope and instrumentation house Tektronix is releasing some PC-based software that lets you more easily use the company's arbitrary waveform generators and arbitrary function generators. Download it free of charge from Tektronix's Web. The new executables support existing signal sources from Tek, plus the company's just released arbitrary waveform generators.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times