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Designing a MMIC VCO
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Looking for insights on the simulation and layout of a VCO? Then this article is for you! Click here to read about a methodology and design flow to design negative resistance type VCOs using standard MMIC components and Agilent-ADS software for simulation and layout generation.
Fluke : ScopeMeter suits CAN-bus troubleshooting
Product News  
6/30/2008   Post a comment
As well as enabling detailed signal measurements, the rugged Fluke 125 Industrial ScopeMeter features a "bus health" mode function which gives a clear good/bad indication for the electrical signals on a CAN-bus and other buses.
TTi : DC electronic load suits battery testing
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
TTi has updated the LD300 low-cost electronic load to improve its performance at high currents.
Waveform generators deliver waveforms from microHz to 32 MHz
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Highland Technology has expanded its T340 series of embedded complex waveform generators with the introduction of the 8-channel T346 and 4-channel T344 instruments.
Circuit-board test tool supports latest PowerQUICC III processors
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Kozio's kDiagnostics embedded circuit-board test tool now supports Freescale's latest PowerQUICC III processors.
Autodesk ends interest in bid for Flomerics
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Autodesk will not pursue its interest in simulation software group Flomerics (Hampton Court, England) leaving the field clear again for Mentor Graphics, who has a 29 percent stake in the British company and who has made several bids to take control.
Safe bet: tire pressure sensors
Teardown  
6/26/2008   Post a comment
One of Portelligent's analysts had the presence of mind to gather up the damaged tire pressure monitor (TPM) from his Toyota during a recent service center visit.
Handheld tester troubleshoots MoCA-based home networks
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
Spirent Communications has introduced the Tech-X Flex, a handheld network and service quality tester, to identify and troubleshoot IP video services in the consumer's home.
Rohde & Schwarz signal-analyzer firmware targets WiMAX MIMO ICs and systems
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
The R&S FSQ-K94 firmware can be used for testing IC components such as WiMAX MIMO chipsets, amplifiers and mixers, as well as complete products such as base stations and pico stations.
300-MHz LAN scopes deliver high channel density
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
ZTEC Instruments introduces 1U height, half-rack width LAN oscilloscopes that deliver high-performance features typically found only on much larger benchtop instruments.
Group pushes LTE device interoperability testing
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
A global group of vendors and operators focused on LTE, the fast data rate next generation version of cellular technology, has outlined plans for cross-vendor device to network interoperability testing, setting the stage for global roaming on LTE networks.
Safer electrical testing
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
The fast and safe testing of high voltages up to 5kV AC and 6kV DC is provided by the portable bench-top Sentinel HiPot/flash/dielectric tester now available from Clare Instruments
Credence, LTX plan merger of equals
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
ATE gear rivals Credence Systems Corporation and LTX Corporation are planning to merge in an all-stock merger of equals.
Modules deliver flexible measurements for multifunction instrument
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6/20/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced two additional modules with higher switching density and flexibility for its 34980A multifunction switch/measure unit.
Video: Ixia demonstrates 100-Gbit Ethernet traffic generation at NxtComm
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
Video report from NxtComm shows Ixia demonstrating true 100-Gbit Ethernet traffic generation.
TI rolls out an eight-channel, digital-input serializer
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
TI's eight-channel, digital-input serializer provides integrated inputs that save up to 60 percent of board space in a broad range of industrial applications.
MP3 player audio quality tests: Some surprises
Audio DesignLine Blog  
6/18/2008   1 comment
CNET compared the measured audio quality of a variety of MP3 players based on frequency response, THD+N, and SNR - and the winner isn't who you might think.
Frequency domain tutorial, part 2: complex signals and spectral diagrams
Design How-To  
6/18/2008   3 comments
Part 2 introduces quadrature (complex) signals, and explains the nature, and notation, of the spectral diagrams used in DSP.
Handheld real-time spectrum analyzers show live RF
Product News  
6/18/2008   Post a comment
Tektronix has introduced the SA2600 handheld real-time spectrum analyzer with DPX waveform image processor technology that provides a live RF view of the spectrum. DPX is also available for the existing H600 RF handheld unit.
Tek's handheld RF spectrum analyzer delivers real-time multi-technology optimization
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
The Y500 employs Tek's Digital Phosphor technology, which reveals signals often missed by conventional swept spectrum analyzers and vector signal analyzers.
Keithley upgrades RF development tool with object-oriented GUI
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Keithley claims SignalMeister Version 2.0 is the only waveform creation software with an object-oriented user interface optimized for MIMO.
PSA, MXA capabilities deliver powerful analysis functionality to engineers
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced a series of analysis capabilities for its PSA high-performance spectrum analyzer and mid-range MXA signal analyzer, including the addition of up to 80 MHz analysis bandwidth to the millimeter-wave PSA spectrum analyzer and 2-channel, analog baseband analysis for the N9020A MXA signal analyzer.
Keithley adds WiMAX testing capability to RF test instruments
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments has introduced a set of signal creation and analysis tools that extend its RF test capabilities to include WiMAX signal testing.
Aeroflex adds 3-GHz digital RF signal generator to its RF test platform
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
The 3020C has wideband width modulation up to 90 MHz for broadband communications standards or multicarrier test applications as well as RF output power from -120 dBm to +6 dBm.
Cable certification tester adds network test option
Product News  
6/17/2008   Post a comment
Agilent has announced an advanced network test option for its WireScope Pro cable certification tester that enables VoIP and Ethernet services testing.
Agilent introduces RF Conformance test system for mobile handsets
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest addition to its GS-8800 family of RF design verification and conformance test solutions: the GS-8852 2G RF Conformance Test (RCT) system, a GSM, GPRS, EGPRS test system for mobile handset conformance test.
Latest RF/microwave products at MTT-S
Product News  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
The IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2008 (IMS2008) kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia this week featuring the latest developments in RF/microwave components. Check back for daily updates.
NI GPS Toolkit for LabVIEW delivers GPS receiver testing
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments has expanded its NI RF PXI platform with the release of its GPS Toolkit for LabView that delivers multi-satellite GPS signal simulation.
Agilent extends PCIe 2.0 test platform with software upgrade
Product News  
6/13/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced new software capabilities for its E2960B series protocol analyzer and LTSSM exerciser solution.
Portable network analyzer operates as low as 1 Hz
Product News  
6/13/2008   Post a comment
OMICRON Lab has extended the frequency range of the Bode 100 portable network analyzer down to 1 Hz with its latest software release.
Symmetricom offers options for XLi GPS time and frequency system
Product News  
6/13/2008   Post a comment
The new option modules provide high performance frequency and timing outputs, including enhanced low phase noise, E1/T1, parallel BCD, PTTI and have quick.
10 GbE load modules deliver higher density, lower power consumption
Product News  
6/12/2008   Post a comment
Ixia has introduced its 10 GbE IP testing solution for high-density, next-generation data center infrastructures, which it claims as the industry's highest density and most affordable.
Data logger delivers 700 MB/s sustained performance
Product News  
6/12/2008   Post a comment
Innovative Integration has introduced the Andale data logging system that guarantees data flow rates of 700 MB/s sustained.
Attenuation control units target WiMAX, WLAN device testing
Product News  
6/12/2008   Post a comment
Agilent's LXI-compliant J7211A/B/C attenuation control units, operating in the DC to 6, 18 and 26.5 GHz frequency range, target WiMAX and WLAN device testing.
Frequency domain tutorial, part 1: Dealing with ambiguity
Design How-To  
6/12/2008   Post a comment
Here's what you need to know about the mathematics and notation of FFTs and the discrete frequency domain. We start by discussing the ambiguities of discrete signals.
INNOVENTIONS delivers instrument for testing PC and server memory
Product News  
6/11/2008   Post a comment
INNOVENTIONS, Inc. has released the RAMCHECK LX memory tester that identifies PC, laptop computer and server memory in seconds.
Temperature measurement on rotating parts
Product News  
6/11/2008   Post a comment
By using the INPUD-T contactless transmission system from MESA Systemtechnik the disadvantages of mechanical or mercury slip rings for data transmission in temperature measurement systems in industrial processes can be avoided.
Agilent expands WiMAX and WLAN manufacturing test portfolio
Product News  
6/10/2008   Post a comment
Agilent has released its N7300 chipset software for the Sequans SQN1130, which provides control, calibration and test of WiMAX devices. The company also launched its first WLAN measurement application for the N8300A test set.
Battle widens for control of Flomerics
News & Analysis  
6/9/2008   Post a comment
The battle for control of fluid flow simulation specialist Flomerics Group plc (Hampton Court England) has widened with design software maker Autodesk Inc. confirming its interest.
10 Gbits/s Ethernet protocol analyzer supports 10GBase LRM standard
Product News  
6/6/2008   Post a comment
Absolute Analysis has launched what it claims is the industry's first 10 Gbits/s Ethernet protocol analyzer that uses a SFP+ interface and supports the new 10GBase-LRM standard.
LabView poised for parallel role
Product News  
6/5/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments is positioning its LabView graphical development environment as a multicore programming tool and plugging into parallel programming research efforts at Intel and Berkeley.
Analyzer establishes news standard for RF nonlinear network analysis
Product News  
6/4/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced a nonlinear vector network analyzer (NVNA) capability for its PNA-X microwave network analyzer, which analyzes nonlinear behaviors of active components.
ATE signal generators target production environments
Product News  
6/3/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced the N5161A and N5162A MXG ATE analog and vector signal generators for the automated test equipment (ATE) environment. The company also announced several enhancements including higher power and improved distortion for the MXG RF signal generators.
Portable radio tester delivers one-button operation
Product News  
6/2/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced a rugged, portable radio tester that enables one-button testing of FM and SINCGARS radios at both operational and intermediate military testing levels.


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