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Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Virginia Tech College of Engineering have signed a new three-year agreement for The MathWorks to provide resources and support for course components that utilize MathWorks tools.
Rapid debug of serial buses in FPGAs
Design How-To  
6/30/2009   1 comment
Low-speed serial buses remain prevalent in computer, semiconductor, aero/defense, communications, consumer automotive, medical, test and measurement industries. Serial buses such as I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, and RS-232 are often key points for debugging designs with FPGAs which higher speed serial buses quickly pass data from chip to chip. Historically, capturing and decoding the information required significant manual effort if using an oscilloscope or the purchase of custom tools. Oscilloscope v
Non-traditional environmental test methodologies for electronics
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
6/30/2009   Post a comment
Just how tough is Panasonic's Toughbook? Brian Caufield uses an elephant, a tiger, a Volkswagon Jetta, diet coke, and doritos just to see how tough it really is.
Wirelessly Monitoring Temperature in Multiple Rooms for an Energy Efficient Home
Design How-To  
6/24/2009   7 comments
Energy efficiency is a hot topic in today's energy crisis discussion. With recent technology advancements in energy efficient technologies, new ultra-low power microcontrollers (MCUs) are helping to reduce overall energy consumption while also creating a cost effective solution for wireless applications.
200 MHz PXI Express digital instrument and high-bandwidth chassis optimize automated test
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6/24/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments has introduced two 32-channel PXI Express-based digital instruments and an eight-slot high-bandwidth PXI Express 3U chassis for advanced automated test applications. The PXIe-6544/45 selectable-voltage digital waveform generator/analyzers optimize test applications by supporting clock rates of up to 100 and 200 MHz, respectively, while the PXIe-6545 provides typical streaming rates of 660 MB/s.
Oscilloscopes speed debugging of serial, parallel digital signals
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6/23/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix's mixed signal oscilloscope series provides the embedded system designer with the ability to visualize and analyze analog, digital and serial signals on a single instrument.
Go ahead, be trigger happy!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/20/2009   Post a comment
The instrument is certainly important, but so is its trigger
Technical needs and challenges in harbor surveillance
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6/19/2009   Post a comment
This paper will look at traditional solutions to the implementation of a high frequency sonar system and compare them to one of the simpler solutions available with modern FPGA enabled hardware offerings.
Researchers ready personal energy monitoring devices
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at Cambridge University's Computer Laboratory are developing a device that will record people's daily energy consumption, including how they travel, the heating and appliances they use and also the indirect energy they use from the manufacture of food and goods that they consume.
VNA covers 70 kHz to 110 GHz in a single coax connection and up to 0.5 THz with waveguide extensions
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6/17/2009   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced the VectorStar Broadband ME7828A vector network analyzer system that claims to offer industry-best dynamic range, measurement speed, and calibration and measurement stability over the broadest frequency range of 70 kHz to 110 GHz.
New SIwave software release advances signal- and power-integrity testing
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
ANSYS, Inc., (Southpointe, Pennsylvania, USA) has unveiled the version 4.0 release of SIwave software which includes new features for signal-integrity, power-integrity and electromagnetic compatibility testing.
Trio set to demo femtocell interoperability
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6/16/2009   Post a comment
Three leading players in the emerging femtocells business, chip designer picoChip, mobile packet core router provider Starent Networks Corp., and Continuous Computing, have collaborated on what they suggest is the first demonstration of the latest 3GPP Iuh standard.
New application areas are driving need for converters with higher dynamic range
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6/15/2009   Post a comment
Single-tone testing may not reveal data converter performance relevant to these broad bandwidth designs
Eliminate PRGB output noise on TI 'DM355 eval module
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6/12/2009   Post a comment
Experts from TI's e2e community answer pointed questions on system design, in this case how to get rid of PRGB output noise on a TMS320DM355 eval module.
EPSMA guides designers on thermal management
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
The European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA) has started circulating a guideline document to help design engineers understand better the complexities and importance of the thermal performance of board-mounted DC/DC converters in a host of applications.
NXP : BiCMOS technology excels at high frequency
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6/11/2009   Post a comment
NXP has announced a highly advanced QUBIC4 BiCMOS silicon technology, delivering higher levels of integration and performance at high frequencies, all in a cost effective way.
Test gear vendor Ixia to cut 10% of workforce
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Test equipment company Ixia plans to cut 75 to 80 jobs, or about 10 percent of the company's workforce, as part of a restructuring plan expected to save about $6 million per year, the company said.
Agilent CTO cites measurement trends, challenges at IMS 2009
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Nonlinear performance measurement, synchronized data collection and data visualization are among the solutions for clearing engineers' data acquisition and measurement hurdles, Darlene J.S. Solomon, Agilent Technologies CTO and vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories, said at the IEEE's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium.
Klaric : Safe measurement of currents and voltages in hybrid systems
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
The KLARI-MOD MC 2-1000V measures voltages and currents in high-voltage power train systems.
Book Excerpt: "Electrical Engineering 101" (Part 4 of 5)
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
This is not "EE for dummies"; it is a very useful review of basics you may have forgotten, or maybe missed.
Pendulum adds portability to test & measurement tool
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6/10/2009   Post a comment
Pendulum Instruments, a supplier of time and frequency, calibration, measurement and analysis equipment, claimed it has enhanced its battery unit by adding portability to its CNT-90XL microwave counter/analyzer.
Keithley : RF vector analyzer offers fast data transfer via USB
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Keithley has upgraded its RF vector signal analyzers with new capabilities that reduce signal acquisition and measurement times.
Tessolve evaluates DeFacTo RTL testability solution
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
DeFacTo Technologies SA, French provider of Design-for-Test solutions at RTL, announced that Tessolve, Indian-based test and IC packaging services company, has evaluated HiDFT-Scan, a RTL testability sign-off solution.
Anritsu : 4-Port VNA test sets are aimed at S-parameter measurement
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6/9/2009   Post a comment
Anritsu introduces the MN469xA series 4-port test sets for use with its VectorStar MS4640A vector network analyzer (VNA).
MSR Electronics : 3-axis shock datalogger allows long-term measurements
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
The MSR165, a mini-datalogger with high resolution 3-axis digital accelerometer, is capable of making 1000 acceleration (shock, vibrations) measurements per second in all three axes, for a duration of up to 6 months.
Power detection and control for mobile handsets, (Part 3 of 3): Power control feedback
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6/8/2009   Post a comment
Understand the various biasing methods and tradeoffs in GSM/EDGE mobile unit PA stages
IMEC demos cognitive radio spectrum sensing capabilities
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6/6/2009   Post a comment
Spectrum sensing is poised to be a game-changing technology after the switch from analog to digital TV because of their ability to detect the primary users of frequency bands and permit secondary use without interfering with the primary users.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Explicore analyzes data and processes at any phase of design and production
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6/6/2009   Post a comment
TestSoft Inc. has released Explicore, a data analysis utility that captures, characterizes, and anlyzes product parameters at any revision level or to evaluate overall product.
Cadence interview, NXP, TSMC lead story ranking
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6/5/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 31 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 5. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Microwave USB sensors measure power to 18 GHz
Product News  
6/4/2009   Post a comment
Anritsu has developed microwave USB power sensors that provide accurate average power measurements from 10 MHz to 18 GHz over 60 dB of dynamic range.
Power detection and control for mobile handsets, (Part 2 of 3): Power detection methods
Design How-To  
6/4/2009   1 comment
Understand the various biasing methods and tradeoffs in GSM/EDGE mobile unit PA stages
French telecom firm raises $17 million
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Ercom, French maker of telecom network security and testing solutions, announced it has raised 12 million euros ($17 million) in a capital financing round led by Clipperton Finance.
Microwave signal generators provide fast switching with high purity signals from 100 kHz to 50 GHz
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6/3/2009   Post a comment
Giga-tronics has introduced the 2500B series microwave signal generators which cover 100 kHz to 50 GHz, with extremely low phase noise, high rejection of harmonics, sub-harmonics and spurious, high output power level and all with the fast frequency switching that the company is renowned for.
WiMax interoperability, roaming trials gather pace
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Fourteen companies involved in the development of chips and device equipment and running of mobile WiMAX networks have linked in the first commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials, the WiMAX Forum said at its global congress this week in Amsterdam.
Industrial analog ics to record 'healthy' growth
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6/2/2009   Post a comment
Databeans has just released its annual market report on industrial analog ICs. It predicts that analog revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent until 2014, thanks in large part to medical innovations.
Antenna specialist claims big SAR advance for small devices
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
Antenna specialist SkyCross (Viera, FL.) claims it has developed a way to reduce Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels in small wireless devices without sacrificing signal strength.
Agilent Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer family extends active device test to 50 GHz; yields X-parameters for advanced component and system insight
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6/1/2009   Post a comment
PNA-X NVNA network analyzer extends range, performance; reduces cost, test time, footprint


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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
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I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

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