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Let's hear it for T and M
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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
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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
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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.
Hardware, software speed design-for-test
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Design-for-test company Teseda is releasing two new hardware and software products. The company claims its new IC test system is the only one in the industry that's priced at under $200/pin.
NI présente le nouveau-né de sa famille d’environnements de développement graphique LabView
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6/25/2004   Post a comment
Le spécialiste de l’instrumentation virtuelle, National Instruments (NI), a annoncé lors d’une conférence de presse à Paris, le mardi 22 juin 2004, la mise à jour de sa famille de solutions de développement graphique LabView. Disponible en français à partir du 1er septembre 2004, LabView 7.1. étend la technologie Express à l’instrumentation automatisée et aux systèmes temps réels.
AC scan can do nano-scale device testing
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Multi-services test targets converging network infrastructures
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
Combining routing, switching, transport, and storage testing, Agilent Technologies is debuting what it says is the industry's most comprehensive multi-services tester for converging voice and data networks.
Indoor mapping software serves 802.11b/g analysis
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
Wireless/RF test equipment maker Berkeley Varitronics Systems now has some nifty indoor mapping-coverage software supporting its recently released 802.11b/g nomadic test receivers.
Miniature Force Sensors - based on silicon sensing technology
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
The FSS miniature sensors offer OEMs cost effective, precision force sensing. Based on proven silicon sensing technology, the series utilises a specialised piezoresistive micro-machined silicon-sensing element.
Instrumentation Amplifiers - wide range of power and bandwidth
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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.
Pressure Sensors - warn of dangerously low tire pressure
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
GE Infrastructure Sensing announced a low-cost tire pressure sensor that uses proprietary, field proven technology that meets the requirements of the U.S. Congressional TREAD (Tire Recall Enhanced Accountability and Documentation) Act.
Compact Tilt Sensor - for use as a safety cut-out
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Electricity Network Analysis - waveform display in real time
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
DataViewer Pro is a tool for configuring, processing and transferring measurement data, not only for Qualistar, but also for many other Chauvin Arnoux instruments, such as the C.A 6547, C.A 6549 megohmmeters, etc.
Power Analysers - measure efficiency in electrical drives
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6/17/2004   Post a comment
LEM has introduced the PI1 process interface for its NORMA power analyser family. The interface allows measurement of up to four speeds and torques simultaneously, quickly and precisely, and can calculate the mechanical power.
Infrared Thermometer - long-range, high-temperature
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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
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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.
Agilent broadens bandwidth, analysis capabilities of spectrum analyzers
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6/16/2004   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement giant Agilent Technologies is introducing enhancements that broaden bandwidth and analysis capabilities of the firm's existing wideband spectrum analyzers. One enhancement is a digitizer that enables signals up to 80 MHz in bandwidth to be captured and digitized.
Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier - for EMC testing
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6/16/2004   Post a comment
AR Worldwide has introduced a TWTA (Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier) for EMC testing. The 1000TP1G3 microwave amplifier is designed to simulate the effect of a car driving through a beam of radar.
Broad Band Synthesizer - fast switching, 1.5 to 3.0 GHz
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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
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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).
Sensor Signal Conditioner - vibration to 4-20 mA signals
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6/16/2004   Post a comment
IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics, has released a DIN-rail mountable, ICP® sensor signal conditioner for converting the analog voltage measurement signals of industrial vibration sensors into 4 to 20 mA signals.
Infrared Detector - TV format (640x512) 15 µm pitch
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Data Acquisition & Analysis - no programming knowledge required
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6/15/2004   Post a comment
MeasX GmbH announced DASYLab Version 8. New features make it an easy choice for test engineers who need to focus on their test results, not on learning to program.
350MHz To 2GHz Oscilloscopes - sample rate of 5 GS/s
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6/15/2004   Post a comment
LeCroy has doubled the sample rate on its popular 350 MHz oscilloscope WaveRunner 6030 to 5 GS/s. The new sample rate is available on 2 channels. The standard memory is 4x 1 Mpts or 2x 2 Mpts.
Sweep Function Generator - is microprocessor controlled
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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
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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.
Precision Pressure Indicator - affordable transfer standard performance
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6/15/2004   Post a comment
GE Druck announced the DPI 150 precision pressure indicator. The unit presents the latest developments in sensing and microprocessor technologies, including the company's latest Intelligent Digital Output Sensor (IDOS), comprised within a highly compact bench or panel-mounting instrument.
First Storage Area Test Modules - for 4 Gb/s fibre channel fabrics
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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
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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.
Field-deployable PC-based fiber-optic sensor system packs portable laser
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a new patented fibre-optic sensor interrogator technology that uses telecommunications lasers for fiber-optic sensing. The controller is PC-based.
Tek spins new ARB hardware, free ARB software
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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.
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