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posted in August 2004
NI launches next-gen multi-function data-acq plug-ins
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Offering no less than 20 new products, all introduced in a family at the same time, National Instruments is rolling out what it bills as the next generation of multi-function DAQ products. Significantly, they use the company's newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and a new NI-PGIA 2 monolithic amplifier chip.
Analyst cuts ATE forecasts for Agilent, Teradyne
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Amid an apparent slowdown in the chip packaging and test markets, SG Cowen Securities Corp. reduced its forecasts for automatic test equipment (ATE) rivals Agilent Technologies Inc. and Teradyne Inc.
New Innovations Simplify Logic Analysis
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8/27/2004   Post a comment
Logic analyzers are instruments that have a reputation for being difficult to learn and use. They earned this reputation because they are unusually complex and require users to understand how they were designed in order to understand how to use them. Recent research on the logic analyzer usage model has simplified logic analyzers by streamlining the tasks that users perform. Agilent Technologies' Doug Beck reviews the new innovations in logic analyzer design, using the Agilent 16900 logic analys
Thumb temperature logger plugs into your PC's USB port
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8/25/2004   Post a comment
Here's a USB "thumb" temperature logger that can store more than 16,000 readings, permitting it to log data continually for up to a year. Just plug this little puppy into your PC's USB port and away you go. It includes a built-in thermal sensor.
Market, legislative forces driving lead-free conversion, says report
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8/24/2004   Post a comment
The effort to adopt lead-free electronic assembly is being driven by a combination of environmental considerations, government legislation, and the marketing advantages of lead-free packages, according to a report by market research firm Frost and Sullivan.
Embedded LabVIEW plays on new industrial platform
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Data-acq and test-and-measurement giant National Instruments is playing hardball at the innovation game again. Debuting what the company says are ultra high-performance embedded control and acquisition platforms, they're designed for applications where small physical size and high reliability are important. NI's new RIO technology gives LabVIEW developers the ability to define custom measurement hardware and circuitry using FPGAs and LabVIEW's popular graphical development tool.
GNU remote protocol debugging tool debuts
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Macraigor Systems has a new API and a GNU Debugger remote protocol supporting instant plug-and-play. The company's latest tool uses a 74-MHz 32-bit embedded processor that supports debug of multiple CPUs on a single scan chain.
Hydrogen Leak Detection - is insensitive to other gases
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
The H2000 hydrogen leak detector is a compact, robust instrument that is sensitive enough to detect leaks as small as 5 x 10-7 mbarl/s
Portable optical time-domain reflectometer packs easy-to-view LCD
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8/23/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of an optical time-domain reflectometer that's compact and lightweight. It is designed to be easy to use, when installing and servicing optical networks.
High-capacity data-acq modules are ruggedized plug-ins
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8/20/2004   Post a comment
Working with MIL or ruggedized data acquisition? Then check out Heim Data Systems's new compact high channel-capacity modules. These modules handle video and PCM signals, as well as avionics bus data, interfacing with instrumentation and flight test recorders that can handle a variety of sensors. The modules are available for operation in systems producing both Heim DATaRec-3 and IRIG-106 Chapter 10 data formats.
API puts JTAG test into LabVIEW, TestStand, others
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8/19/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a suite of virtual instruments and a DLL interface that serves as boundary-scan infrastructure for test executives. With no prior knowledge of IEEE-1149.1/JTAG test, this boundary-scan test application environment can be integrated into custom test executives developed with popular tools such as National Instruments' LabView and TestStand.
Focus-On: Jitter's the critter to fritter
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8/18/2004   Post a comment
If you're designing a high-speed communications link, it's likely you're grappling with characterizing your system at-speed. Jitter looms as the biggest problem, but test-and-measurement makers are responding with cost-effective, accurate, and highly repeatable instruments. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews some recent significant product developments that can help you tackle jitter.
I/O libraries accelerate test system connections across Ethernet, USB connections
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8/17/2004   Post a comment
Do you sometimes get stymied configuring and connecting PC-hosted and PC-controlled test gear? With a multi-vendor automation tool that claims to enable error-free test-system connections in under 15 minutes, Agilent Technologies may be of help. Its latest test software packs updated I/O libraries and automated connection tools that detect instruments connected to a PC. It also configures their interfaces, and verifies proper connections---even in test systems that mix Ethernet/LAN, IEEE-
Agilent's latest test toolkit outperforms off-the-shelf software
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8/17/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has a new spin of its T&M Toolkit v2.0 with Test Automation. It will let you mix and match instruments, interfaces, languages, and components in ways you probably haven't experienced. Agilent claims its newest software provides the industry's fastest method of sequencing measurements and analyzing results.
Gating functions added to sequential high-speed waveform recording firmware
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
High-speed data-acquisition vendor Acqiris adds new functions to its existing Sustained Sequential Recording (SSR) firmware. The SSR enhancements acquire, store, and transfer sequential waveforms to a host PC at higher sustained trigger rates than previously possible. We're talking 2-Gsamples/s here!
Agilent sees growth slowing after strong quarter
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8/16/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. reported net earnings of $100 million on sales of $1.89 billion in the fiscal third quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $1.56 billion on sales of $1.89 billion in the year-ago fiscal third quarter.
Agilent sees growth slowing after strong quarter
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8/12/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. reported net earnings of $100 million on sales of $1.89 billion in the fiscal third quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $1.56 billion on sales of $1.89 billion in the year-ago fiscal third quarter.
cPCI/PXI digital capture card converts your PC to a logic analyzer
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8/12/2004   Post a comment
Gage Applied Technologies has a cPCI/PXI digital capture card that can work as a logic analyzer, mixed-mode tester, and pulse-response tester. Pop one of these cards into your Windows PC and you'll be all set to capture as many as 128 channels of digital data.
Mictor, Samtec adapters support simultaneous logic analysis, scope probing
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Have you ever grappled with trying to poke a scope probe into a densely packaged circuit board where the traces are almost invisible? If so, test hardware maker Emulation Technology now has two new products that can help you out.
EMC tester packs combination punch
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a futuristic looking piece of test gear that features resident capabilities for EMC compliance testing to no less than six IEC/EN standards.
Keithley spins "how-to" temperature measurements CD
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Point your browser to Keithley Instruments's Web site. There you'll find access to an interactive tutorial CD-ROM disk on making accurate temperature measurements.
Finisar kauft Netzanalyse-Spezialunternehmen
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8/11/2004   Post a comment
Nach der Übernahme von Infineons Glasfasersparte bleibt der Netzausrüster Finisar weiter auf Einkaufstour. Jetzt hat das Unternehmen die Data Transit Corp. gekauft, einen Hersteller von Netzprotokollanalysatoren und Traffic-Generatoren.
USB grabs data-acq spotlight
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments is debuting the first of a line of signal acquisition and generation hardware that plays over Universal Serial Bus. eeProductCenter technical editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the first five new plug-and-play DAQ products from NI.
Converters with speed and accuracy in tiny package set sights on medical equipment
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8/10/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduces 10 new serial analog-to-digital converters that bring ultra-compact packaging technology to the high-speed, high-accuracy world of medical instrumentation, data acquisition equipment, optical communications, and automotive systems.
Measurement industry pacesetters must make instrumentation simpler
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
As the world of digital design gets more complex, the measurement industry must make complexity look simple to instrumentation users. David Bennett, Product Line Manager for Logic Analyzers at Tektronix, discusses the trend, giving his opinion about how it will affect you.
Willtek serves up RF calibration services
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
RF and communications test-and-measurement house Willtek Communications is now offering calibration services based on a calibration laboratory accredited by international standards.
EEsof rolls advanced EDA test
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8/9/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies is debuting new EDA capabilities that enable simulation and verification of wireless LAN, 3GPP, and TD-SCDMA circuit designs. Agilent is introducing wireless test benches, sources, and measurement capabilities for its existing Advanced Design System 2004A EDA software from EESof.
Data-acq box mixes, matches industry-standard plug-ins
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8/5/2004   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews an economical, but high-performance, moderate-speed data acquisition system designed for PC/104 and PC/104-Plus configurations. This integrated system is packaged in a handsome powder-coated steel enclosure for panel, DIN rail, or rack-mount installations. The box supports a stack of up to four PC/104 boards plus a compute engine that'll handle everything from DOS to Windows to Linux.
Agilent enhances, extends modular power supply system
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8/4/2004   Post a comment
Not letting any power-source grass grow under its feet, Agilent Technologies is now offering new modules and paralleling capabilities to its existing programmable power supply line. Enhancements extend the company's MPS wares to 100-V or 80-A.
BASIC datalogger packs Mbytes of removable storage
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its offerings of imported test gear and data acquisition equipment, Saelig Co. is rolling out a new single board computer designed for embedded data logging. It's equipped with a SmartMedia interface for removable storage cards, and can be programmed in BASIC.
Tektronix adds advanced triggering to digital scope line-up
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8/3/2004   Post a comment
Oscilloscope powerhouse Tektronix now has a new triggering system for its popular TDS7000B Series Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPO). Tek's new Pinpoint triggering system was previously available only for the firm's TDS6000B Series of oscilloscopes.
Cheap and dirty data logger can be sited almost anywhere
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Check out this self-contained 12-bit-resolution data logger. It can be used for measuring and recording temperatures from a variety of thermocouple probes, in applications from industrial process monitoring to concrete maturity testing. This unit accepts any J, K, S, or T thermocouple and provides high-accuracy measurements over wide temperature ranges.
Portable spectrum analyzer serves microwave test
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a general purpose spectrum analyzer thatuses a 640 x 480-pixel non-color LCD, and can communicate across an RS-232 line. Covering a frequency range of 9-kHz to 2.7-GHz, it can be used for both development work and in production. When equipped with an internal battery, it also lends itself to maintenance and installation of on-site wireless systems.
Portable TEDS reader lets you review datasheets on your PDA
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a PDA-hosted TEDS (Transducer Electronic Data Sheet) reader. This portable engineering tool will let you review the full contents of any embedded IEEE-P1451.4 TEDS datasheet.
Labtech products to be discontinued
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Measurement Computing Corp. says that on September 30, 2004, all of its LABTECH products will be discontinued. After that date the products will no longer be available.
Receiver-only OTN jitter tester ensures high absolute accuracy, repeatability
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8/2/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies is moving ahead of the curve, offering substantial state-of-the-art enhancements to its existing OmniBER optical transport network timing jitter tester. This comes at a time when manufacturers and service providers are expressing concern about jitter, especially measurement repeatability and absolute accuracy of results.


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