Interactive troubleshooting guide CD is a freebie Product News 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.
Software adds AWGN simulation to mobile carrier-noise test Product News 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.
Nomadic temperature logger prints using USB Product News 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 Product News 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.
Tek spins scope-like 3-in-1 function generators Product News 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.
Antenna troubleshooter works to 6-GHz Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Wavecrest scopes get bandwidth boosts to 13-GHz Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
JTAG box debugs, programs, tests ARM cores Product News 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 Product News 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.
Digital imager zooms in for precise wafer test Product News 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.
Smart sensor conditioner chip packs 8051 core Product News 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 23 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...