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Interactive troubleshooting guide CD is a freebie
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments is offering a free tutorial CD troubleshooting guide. It lets you explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with low-level signals, such as low voltage, low current, low resistance, high resistance, and voltage from a high resistance source measurement. Click here to learn more and get your free copy.
Embedded functional test targets Intel silicon
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
By combining at-speed processor-based functional tests and Intel IBIST-specific tests, a new product promises to help you increase efficiency and reduce test costs for Intel and other microprocessors.
Bi-directional I/O card to provide 128 digital channels
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8/29/2005   Post a comment
Test equipment supplier Geotest-Marvin Test Systems is adding a high I/O-count PXI card to its product line. The new plug-in gives you 64 bi-directional TTL-compatible or differential channels, for 128 individual digital inputs or outputs.
RAD-HARD 8051 MCU mates with Honeywell MRAM for space apps.
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
Targeting space applications, startup company Silicon Laude has launched a rad-hard version of an 8051-based MCU that’s claimed to be capable of reliable operation in 300 krads total ionizing-dose environments.
Opto-isolated PC/104 plug-in packs 36 I/O channels, relays
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8/25/2005   Post a comment
Need more I/O in your PC/104-based design? Board maker ACCES I/O Products has a new low-cost PC/104 board that packs 32 fully optically-isolated digital inputs, as well as four relay outputs.
Software adds AWGN simulation to mobile carrier-noise test
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
Letting you test mobile handsets for realworld noise conditions, test equipment maker Aeroflex is now including an AWGN (additive white Gaussian noise) source to its existing IQCreator software. The AWGN feature transforms two of the company's RF signal generator into noise generators.
Test software supports Broadcom Bluetooth silicon
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
Wireless test house LitePoint now offers manufacturing test program support for Bluetooth chips from Broadcom Corp. Support includes testing for Bluetooth's Enhanced Data Rate mode.
Nomadic temperature logger prints using USB
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8/24/2005   Post a comment
Here's a battery-powered USB temperature logger you can use in the lab as well as in manufacturing and process control. This six-channel instrument accommodates a wide range of K- and T-type thermocouple probes, and can print reports---with or without a host PC.
90-MHz digital scope plug-ins play in PCI, PXI
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8/23/2005   Post a comment
Board-level instrumentation house ZTEC Instruments is rolling out a new high-res oscilloscope line that's firmware compatible with its predecessor digital storage scopes. These plug-ins are available in PCI and PXI form-factors. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Circuit simulation tool simplifies clock designs
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8/23/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. claims engineers can now create complete, robust timing solutions in minutes with its ADIsimCLK clock IC design and simulation tool and three new clock ICs.
Tek spins scope-like 3-in-1 function generators
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8/23/2005   Post a comment
Tektronix is rolling out a new line of cost-effective color-LCD-equipped arbitrary/function generators. Its AFG3000 Series comprises six models that might set a benchmark in the "value" category. You can use them to generate function, pulse, and arbitrary waveforms up to 240-MHz. They're LAN, USB, and GPIB compatible, too.
Current transducers have high linearity
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
LEM introduces two new members of its IT family of current transducers to address high-current applications. The IT 400-S and the IT 700-S are for 400-A and 700-A applications.
Antenna troubleshooter works to 6-GHz
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8/22/2005   Post a comment
Aspen Electronics is launching the next generation of Bird Technologies's EX Series Site Analyzer antenna and cabling diagnostic tools. These tools can be used for field service, troubleshooting, maintenance, and test of a range of RF communications equipment, antenna, and cable installations. All models are upgrades with enhancements such as memory for settings and data.
In-transit datalogger is immersible
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8/19/2005   Post a comment
Take a look at this low cost immersible temperature data logger. It's able to collect up to 8000 sample readings for liquids, or packages in transit, or to make process measurements.
Portable acquisition system has essential oscilloscope capabilities
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8/19/2005   Post a comment
Acqiris offers a compact turnkey multi-channel data acquisition system that delivers essential oscilloscope capabilities in a small modular package, eliminating the need for extensive software development. The new systems can accommodate multiple digitizers, including 8-, 10- and 12-bit units, and feature scope-like graphical user interfaces.
Data-acq boards talk PCI Express
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8/18/2005   Post a comment
National Instruments releases the industry's first PC-based multi-function data acquisition boards for PCI Express. Two boards marry the PCI Express bus with NI's existing M Series technologies. The new products feature up to 32 analog channels with 16-bit 1.25-Msample/s sampling speed and 10-MHz digital I/O on up to 32 lines.
Synthesizers serve 1 to 5 GHz
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8/18/2005   Post a comment
Breaking into the PLL/synthesizer market, Crystek Corp. has developed the CPLL66, which requires only an external frequency reference and supply voltage.
RF modules enable wireless data-acq
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Check out this short-range wireless telemetry system that can provide accurate realtime connectivity between sensors or transducers and instrumentation. It's especially useful where conventional wiring is difficult or impossible. Finally, it's FCC license-free.
DASYLab data-acq software gets more support
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8/17/2005   Post a comment
Data acquisition vendor Measurement Computing Corp. will now be reselling the popular DASYLab graphical programming data-acq software. For those of you not familiar with it, DASYLab lets you design complex data acquisition applications using a GUI.
LAN-based microwave synthetic instruments to meet MIL demands
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
Attempting to lower the cost of automated test, Agilent Technologies is about to roll out a family of six synthetic instruments; all are slated for microwave applications. All will be LXI-compliant instruments.
Broadband microwave amplifier can be remotely controlled
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8/15/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a desktop 20-W broadbanded microwave linear amplifer deck that can be controlled using either an IEEE-488/GPIB bus or across an RS-232 serial link. The unit can also be rack-mounted.
Wavecrest scopes get bandwidth boosts to 13-GHz
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8/12/2005   Post a comment
Boosting bandwidth to ensure accuracy of critical measurements, oscilloscope and signal-integrity instrument vendor Wavecrest announces DSP improvements to its existing Signal Integrity Analyzer product line. The entire family of SIAs now tout bandwidths to 13-GHz.
National Instruments puts LabVIEW network on-line
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8/11/2005   Post a comment
LabVIEW vendor National Instruments announces an on-line tool called NI LabVIEW Tools Network. It's billed as the industry's largest source for information on LabVIEW add-on and connectivity tools. If you're a LabVIEW user, use this portal to gain access to thousands of compatible tools, from more than 100 companies.
Agilent to add S-parameter capability to comms analyzer
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8/11/2005   Post a comment
With capabilities that can hasten the development of next-gen serial communications devices, Agilent Technologies is about to add built-in impedance and S-parameter software to its existing DCA-J digital communication analyzer. The DCA-J is a wide-bandwidth oscilloscope with jitter analysis. The new software requires no hardware upgrades to the DCA-J.
Test software to exercise TI WLAN chipsets
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8/10/2005   Post a comment
Wireless LAN test equipment maker LitePoint, and IC vendor Texas Instruments, are jointly pre-announcing turnkey production test software for TI WiFi chipsets.
JTAG box debugs, programs, tests ARM cores
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8/9/2005   Post a comment
Click here to learn about a $2000 JTAG emulator for ARM7 and ARM9 microcontrollers. This little box, running under Windows or Linux, packs a download speed of more than 400-kbytes/s, and has a built-in Telnet interface for debugging and flash programming.
DSP PMC module churns through high-res realtime data conversion
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8/8/2005   Post a comment
A family of DSP modules debuting at Sheldon Instruments lets you add realtime signal processing to systems. Using a PCI mezzanine connector, you can use CompactPCI and VMEbus single-board computers that have PMC sites, as well as adapter or carrier cards. The PMC packs a high-performance DSP and graphical application development in LabVIEW.
Low cost PCI pop-in puts machine-vision into Windows
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8/8/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a low-cost PCI plug-in that lets you trigger and sync multiple IEEE-1394 FireWire cameras. Available from National Instruments, this image acquisition board's I/O is highly re-configurable.
Digital imager zooms in for precise wafer test
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8/4/2005   Post a comment
Smaller IC feature sizes, tinier pads, new materials, and larger wafers all present obstacles to test. A new imaging system combining microscopy, digital imaging, and prober control software promises to save hours each day. The system addresses the challenges faced by semiconductor manufacturers in the design, production, and testing of ICs.
High-speed opamps offer low noise and low power
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8/3/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectrnoics has introduced a family of high-speed operational amplifiers that are well suited for use in logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, video drivers, imaging systems, and battery-powered instrumentation.
Smart sensor conditioner chip packs 8051 core
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8/2/2005   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews a low cost power-managed sensor chip that lets you rapidly deploy sensors. This 8051-based device enables direct and simultaneous interfacing to almost all sensor-element types.
Industry-first 42.98-GHz spectrum analyzer debuts
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8/1/2005   Post a comment
Designed to address the needs of RF engineers, especially those working with millimeter-wave systems, Agilent Technologies is adding what it says is the industry's first 42.98-GHz spectrum analyzer to the company's existing PSA Series spectrum analysis line-up. With resolution bandwidths up to 8-MHz, this latest in Agilent's PSA Series is priced at about $74,000, and is available now.
Small Ethernet device performs sound, vibration measurement
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8/1/2005   Post a comment
Instrumentation maker National Instruments now offers a small and ruggedized dynamic signal analyzer built on the company's reconfigurable I/O hardware. NI's new analyzer, priced at less than $5000, is a 24-bit 8-channel data acquisition device for making high-accuracy sound and vibration measurements from integrated electronic piezoelectric sensors.


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