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posted in June 2006
Speed development time and troubleshooting by capturing and analyzing video frames
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6/30/2006   Post a comment
Video problems within the digital domain often appear to happen randomly and can be the most difficult to isolate and diagnose. Video monitoring and measurement equipment that can detect error conditions within the video signal are essential tools in dealing with these problems. Tektronix CaptureVu detects video errors and automatically captures the frame.
Protocol analyzer gets Wireless USB security support
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
At the recent Certified Wireless USB Developers Conference, test-and-measurement vendor LeCroy Corp. demonstrated the benefits of its extensible UWBTracer protocol analyzer. The company's platform now supports multiple Certified Wireless USB Association and Security models.
16-bit PCI-bus plug-in lets your PC do high-speed signal analysis
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
PC instrumentation house AlazarTech says it's got the world's fastest 16-bit PCI waveform digitizer. Designed for both OEM applications as well as lab use, the digitizer can be used for RF signal analysis, biomedical imaging, ultrasonics, radar, and more. The plug-in's two simultaneous analog inputs can each be sampled at rates up to 125-Msamples/s.
Azimuth's power tester targets Wi-Fi devices
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
The software suite helps designers predict average power consumption over a battery life.
Wireless functional tester slashes cost-of-test
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies now offers a mobile-phone functional tester that's priced starting at about $25,400. The tester includes a mobile test station and test software, as well as a special RF-shielded box with build-in antenna coupler.
Dual-channel logarithmic detector IC to measure and control RF signals
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of of an RFIC that works from 1-MHz out to 10-GHz, comprising a dual detector/controller. When it debuts in quantity later this year, the 6-stage demodulating chip will be able to be used to closely measure and control gain across a transmitter and receiver signal path, letting it serve in AGC circuits, power-level control circuits, and even to measure VSWR.
LitePoint upgrades its waveform generator software
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
IQwave Waveform Generator software now includes 802.11n MIMO support.
Data-acquisition board implements parallel realtime processing on your PC
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
If your data-acq application needs realtime processing, yet you typically run engineering applications on a Windows PC, check out Microstar Laboratories's latest Data Acquisition Processor. The company's mid-range DAP plug-in provides concurrent processing, using an on-board Pentium, to achieve deterministic acquisition on a PC.
Wi-Fi test suite measures portable design's battery current, voltage
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a test set that will let you accurately measure power consumption of mobile platforms. Software and RF-oriented hardware will let you measure battery power during various Wi-Fi usage modes to determine the impact of Wi-Fi connectivity on a device's battery life.
16-bit hybrid A/D modules address digital RF, imaging, ATE
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6/26/2006   Post a comment
Slated primarily for RF systems, here are some low-distortion 100-Msample/s hybrid 16-bit A/D converter modules. These $80 hybrids can reduce non-linear distortion in pipelined data converters as designed into high-IF radio strips, where they offer an enhanced ENOB, bestowing higher data rates. They also lend themselves to scalability, letting you include more channels in a system.
Agilent's wireless tester aimed at reducing test cost
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6/23/2006   Post a comment
The GS-8210 system includes a mobile station tester, test software and RF shield box with build-in antenna coupler.
Tektronix income jumps 48 percent
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6/22/2006   Post a comment
Test and measurement powerhouse Tektronix posted a 48 percent increase in year-to-year net income on an increase in revenue of 11 percent for its fiscal fourth quarter.
Light Reading publishes wireless mesh test results
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Although many companies were invited to participate, only Firetide Inc. and Strix Systems Inc. agreed.
Scalable emulator checks RF paths for multi-path fading
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6/21/2006   Post a comment
Every designer of an RF communications system knows that digitally modulated signals can be adversely affected by fading and multi-path propagation. Worse, mobile wireless environments are so diverse that they create combinations of these effects. The problem for receiver and transmitter designers, as well as system implementers, is how to characterize these effects to advantage. Here's a piece of test gear that can help.
Waveform generator software creates IEEE-802.11n MIMO waveforms
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
A software upgrade to LitePoint test gear facilitates conformance, interoperability, and production quality testing for both single-channel and multi-channel WLAN architectures.
Synthesized-instrument voltage module boosts boundary-scan
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
If you implement IEEE-1149.x JTAG boundary-scan testability into your designs, you'll be interested in this synthesized-instrument. It's a 16-channel voltage measurement module with application-specific in-system re-configurable add-on resources. It can take bipolar voltage measurements on up to 16 different points on a DUT.
Agilent adds MB-OFDM analysis to software suite
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6/20/2006   Post a comment
The software can be used with Agilent's 89600 Series vector signal analysis software or its DSO80000 Infiniium digital scopes.
100-kHz realtime DSP systems shake out vibration
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6/19/2006   Post a comment
Working with low-bandwidth sensors? Need a turnkey data-acq system that can be expanded to include as many channels as you need? Then take a look-see at these realtime DSP data-acq boards that are also available packaged, equipped with BNC connectors, and supported under Windows.
Timely testing avoids cosmic ray damage to critical auto electronics
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6/15/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor memory failures induced by cosmic radiation must be accounted for in auto electronics design. Reliability engineers need accurate estimates of radiation sensitivity for the commercial memory devices they use.
WLAN Test Update: A new, standardized approach to roaming performance testing
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
Generating thousands of statefull clients allows stress-testing and design tweaking to optimize performance.
Cost-effectiveness marks PCIe protocol analyzer
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
The folks at LeCroy continue to leverage the technology that originated at CATC, this time with a PCI Express protocol analyzer that supports x1/x2/x4 lane widths at 2.5-Gbyte/s speeds. Best of all, you can get your hands on one for less than $10K.
LitePoint's channel emulator handles 4-by-4 MIMO
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6/14/2006   Post a comment
The TrueChannel emulator provides end-to-end RF connectivity for measuring a DUT's response to a standardized or user-defined channel.
Aeroflex's spectrum analyzers span 3 Hz to 26.5 GHz
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
The 3280 series of spectrum analyzers delivers accuracy in the range of +/-0.15 dB up to 3 GHz.
Spectrum analyzer updates ease WiMAX, WiBro, CATV, Bluetooth, RF tests
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6/13/2006   Post a comment
RF test-and-measurement house Rohde and Schwarz is debuting a number of updates and options for its existing RF spectrum analysis and measurement gear. These options extend the capabilities of the company's nomadic instruments to cover WiMAX, WiBro, CATV, Bluetooth, and more.
RF network analyzer improvements ease multi-port microwave measurements
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6/12/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies adds capabilities to its existing PNA Series microwave network analyzers. Options simplify complex measurements for multi-port as well as active devices. Key features include full N-port error correction, and an integrated second-source.
Automotive, ISM-band RF tester is scalable
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
Are you involved with testing automobile airbag deployment electronics, perhaps climate-control sub-systems, or 42-V assemblies? If so, check out this functional tester from Agilent Technologies. It's a modular scalable system for testing automotive supplemental restraint systems, small body electronics, climate-control modules, and RF gear.
Finding MIMO: test vendors point the way
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6/8/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: MIMO is emerging as a foundation for next-generation WLAN products. With multiple Transmit and Receive antennas, MIMO devices promise high data rates and throughput, and greater range. But, for system developers, MIMO poses yet another test challenge. Click to learn what test vendors are doing about it.
Modules tailor multi-channel waveform measuring instrument
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6/5/2006   Post a comment
A multi-channel digitizing oscilloscope bows in with the ability to house a variety of front-end signal conditioning modules. This instrument, replete with built-in hardcopy printer, will operate at a maximum sample rate of 10-Msamples/s, storing 50-Mwords in memory.
Down-converter covers 18-GHz to 40-GHz
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6/2/2006   Post a comment
Check out this slim 19-in. rack-mounted RF converter that spans 18-Ghz to 40-GHz.
Agilent Technologies introduces low-cost automotive and ISM Band RF test tystems
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6/2/2006   Post a comment
AgilentTechnologieshas introduced a low-cost, scalable functional tester designed for automotive and general-purpose test markets. The TS-5020 also helps manufacturers get their products to market faster by accelerating test-system deployment.
IEEE-802.15.4 RF modules upgrade with data-acq and encryption firmware
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6/1/2006   Post a comment
The IEEE-802.15.4 standard serves as the RF backbone for the increasingly popular ZigBee wireless protocol. Firmware updates to popular ZigBee modules now support features such as A/D conversion, digital input-reading, and AES encryption.


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