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posted in August 2012
iPhone iOS6 finds better connection when Wi-Fi is overwhelmed
Engineering Investigations  
8/30/2012   13 comments
Rumor has it that Apple’s new iOS 6 operating system, due to launch in the next quarter, will contain a feature that keeps users connected to the best possible network at all times.
Consumer audio: Is accurate sound overrated?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
8/29/2012   35 comments
Should high-end headphones and speakers be designed for "good sound" rather than for technical accuracy? One consumer audio blogger thinks so.
Invest in the future by investing in young engineers
8/29/2012   2 comments
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” To this idea, I would add, “And then you have to educate the next generation of inventors!”
Near-field counters aid in device frequency ID
Product News  
8/29/2012   Post a comment
Two units key in on wireless transmissions as near-field frequency counters - one as a handheld device and the other in a self-contained case to address multiple wireless devices.
Agilent releases fully integrated PCI Express 3.0 software for receiver test
Product News  
8/29/2012   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. reports that it has released the industry’s first fully integrated PCI Express (PCIe) 3.0 receiver test calibration and transmitter test software.
Obsolescence mitigation: An approach to a growing problem
Design How-To  
8/29/2012   Post a comment
The obsolescence of electronic components is a serious issue for many OEMs in Military and Aerospace communities.
Handheld ADSL2+ tester compliant with DSLAMs
Product News  
8/29/2012   1 comment
GAO Instruments is offering its pocket sized handheld ADSL2+ tester that is designed for ADSL, ADSL2, ADSL2+ and Re-ADSL testing. It is well suited for ADSL/ADSL2+ network installation, maintenance, and fault elimination.
Non-invasive techniques advance electrical tests
Design How-To  
8/28/2012   Post a comment
As today’s boards begin to resemble ICs, embedded system access (ESA) is changing the way we think about electrical test.
Multichannel TDC provides 81-ps timing resolution
Product News  
8/24/2012   Post a comment
The id800 TDC (time-to-digital converter) from Swiss manufacturer ID Quantique is used to transfer the time tags of registered events with picosecond precision and at high rates to a computer.
Agilent’s DSO software ensures DDR4 compliance
Product News  
8/17/2012   1 comment
Compatible with Agilent Infiniium digital storage oscilloscopes, the N6462A compliance test application lets memory design engineers test, debug, and characterize their DDR4 designs.
How to simulate cable in SPICE
Design How-To  
8/15/2012   1 comment
This article discusses the two main loss effects related to cables (the skin effect and dielectric losses) and presents a simple method for modeling the cable for use in standard SPICE simulators.
Real-world testing of Wi-Fi hotspots
Design How-To  
8/14/2012   2 comments
While the technology can (and will) vary, the need to properly evaluate and troubleshoot hotspots to ensure client satisfaction will always require testing and measurement.
Tips and tricks for optimizing low current and high resistance measurements, part 2
Design How-To  
8/10/2012   1 comment
Learn techniques for minimizing error sources like leakage current, settling time, and electrostatic interference.
FEI introduces subnanometer SEM
Product News  
8/8/2012   Post a comment
High-resolution unit delivers enhanced contrast for semiconductor fabrication and scientific applications.
Teseq CDN delivers high-voltage pulses for EFT/burst testing
Product News  
8/8/2012   Post a comment
Three-phase coupling/decoupling network handles high currents.
Anritsu adds burst detection to line of spectrum analyzers
Product News  
8/8/2012   Post a comment
The feature allows users to find narrow signals that could cause interference.
SAS-3 automated transmitter test solution addresses 12 Gb/s interfaces
Product News  
8/8/2012   Post a comment
Software supports measurement of PHY design characteristics like crosstalk and equalization analysis.
3-D technology to improve cancer treatment
News & Analysis  
8/7/2012   7 comments
As part of a a three-year project, researchers at the University of Lincoln in Great Britain said they will develop 3-D imaging technology for cancer patients receiving proton therapy.
Littelfuse's Thane Parker amps up circuit protection
8/3/2012   1 comment
Life ain't always easy for today’s design engineers. Pressured by the ever quicker cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window of test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
New sim, testing tools used to design Mars lander
News & Analysis  
8/1/2012   11 comments
A toolbox supplied by a Siemens software unit was used to simulate the thermal loads and G-forces to be encountered by the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft as it attempts a risky landing of the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet.
Time to streamline thermal management design and production
Design How-To  
8/1/2012   1 comment
A major issue that tends to delay a product’s introduction to the marketplace is the occasional lack of communication between designers and manufacturers. One reason is that the two entities may be scattered either across the country or the globe. Results show that placing the entities under one roof helps improve quality and completion time with less likelihood of problems after the market introduction.
RF test startup raises funds
News & Analysis  
8/1/2012   Post a comment
Mesuro, a startup RF test company founded in 2008 as a spin off from Cardiff University in Wales, has announced it has raised about $1.1 million in a funding round.

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