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posted in September 2004
Heard on the Beat: Intel seeks 'open' flash testers
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9/23/2004   Post a comment
Reports have surfaced that Intel is looking to procure a new round of next-generation, flash-memory testers, based on an "open architecture." The chip giant is currently evaluating next-generation, flash-memory testers from Advantest, Agilent and Credence, according to sources.
Multiprobe adds fault localization to IC probing gear
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9/22/2004   Post a comment
Nanoprobing equipment vendor Multiprobe Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.) has added PicoCurrent imaging to it Multiscan Atomic Force Probe.
Aehr Test Systems narrows first-quarter loss
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9/21/2004   Post a comment
Aehr Test Systems Inc. posted increased sales but a net loss for the first quarter of fiscal 2005.
Dual A/D converter consumes little power at high speeds
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9/21/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor offers a dual high-performance CMOS analog-to-digital converter that the company says uses significantly less power than competitive products while providing the GHz speeds necessary for reliable measurements of high-frequency signals. Editor Bettyann Liotta takes you in for a closer look at this product and how it compares to other similar products in the industry.
Agilent, VXI Technology roll out LXI standard
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9/21/2004   Post a comment
Combining the attributes of rack-and-stack instruments and modular test capabilities rolled into compact and flexible packages, Agilent Technologiesand VXI Technologyare debuting a new LAN extensions for instrumentation standard called LXI. It's billed as the industry's next-generation LAN-based modular platform standard for automated test systems.
Broadband signal analyzers, generators get RAID storage, faster I/O
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
Extending its existing product line's capability to test complex broadband signals such as frequency-hopped radios and agile radars, Aeroflex releases RAID storage capability and faster I/O for its modular broadband signal analyzer and broadband signal generator systems.
Jitter analysis software enhances Tektronix scopes
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
Venerable oscilloscope maker Tektronix announces the availability of a software package for making jitter and timing measurements on the company's high performance oscilloscopes. Priced at about $4500, Tek's new software's measurement wizard uses the company's domain knowledge to provide step-by-step guidance for users. You can use this new package to measure jitter, even on complex clock and data signals.
Soundcard AF/function generator software is a freebie
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
Saelig Co. is offering a neat software freebie. Its Windows program implements a flexible function generator using the sound card output of any PC, and even some Mac machines.
New Use Models Boost Equipment Utilization
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
Logic analyzers play a critical role in validation of today's sophisticated high-speed digital designs. With the ability to measure real-time activity of system components, logic analyzers provide key insight for effective functional validation. In this article, Agilent Technologies' Joel Woodward explores new advances in logic analysis use models that allow teams to better utilize their logic analysis investment.
Opinion: Why Ethernet reigns supreme for test-and-measurement instrumentation
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9/17/2004   Post a comment
The economy, speed, and virtually unlimited distance potential of Ethernet-based communications is fueling the growth of Ethernet-ready instrumentation. Increasingly, users are noting the performance and cost disparity between Ethernet and the RS-232, RS-422, and IEEE-488/GPIB. Author Eric E. Bloam, of Keithley Instruments, points out why Ethernet-ready instrumentation is alive and well. His observations include an in-depth eeProductCenter bonus technical tutorial.
Rohde & Schwarz stellt sich auf Digital-TV ein
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9/17/2004   Post a comment
Die digitale Welle rollt auf die Fernsehbranche zu. Vor allem in Gestalt des Standards DVB-H wird die Digitalisierung die Sendeanstalten in den nächsten Monaten und Jahren intensiv beschäftigen. Der Messgerätehersteller Rohde & Schwarz begleitet die Einführung mit einem umfangreichen Portfolio von entsprechenden Produkten.
RFID tags ubiquitous by 2010, MIT prof predicts
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Kevin Ashton, vice president of ThingMagic Inc. and cofounder of the MIT Auto-ID Center, told a keynote audience at the Embedded Security Seminar conference in Boston that global RF sensor networks will be ubiquitous to the point of invisibility within a few years.
Multi-channel 105-MHz data converter PMC module is DC-coupled
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Interactive Circuits and Systems is debuting a DC-coupled version of a previously released 4-channel PMC module. The latest board can handle high-speed baseband sampling requirements as needed for communications, radar, and test-and-measurement applications. The DC-coupled inputs are especially useful for baseband sampling in software defined radios.
TDR helps isolate electronic package faults
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Time Domain Reflectometry (TDR) measurement methodology is increasing in importance as a non-destructive method for fault location in electronic packages. In this multipart series, TDA Systems' famous fault finder, Dima Smolyansky, shows some package faults like shorts and opens, and explains how they are likely to show up on TDR measurement screen. The first part, available here, offers a review of Time Domain Reflectometry basics. Part 2, also available in next week's Planet Analog magazine, b
Medical imaging, instrumentation, data-acq users convert to family with portable performance and power characteristics
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Maximum Integrated introduces a family of six low-power, pin compatible A/D converters optimized for baseband and direct-IF sampling applications. Contributing Editor Gil Bassek tells you what sets these apart from the competition.
Multifunction DAQ Devices - with a broad set of expanded features
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9/14/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments announced the next generation of multifunction data acquisition (DAQ) products based on the newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and NI-PGIA 2 amplifier technology.
Measurement Software - connects design and test
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9/14/2004   Post a comment
National Instruments announced NI SignalExpress, an interactive software environment for acquiring, comparing, automating, testing and storing measurement signals. With SignalExpress, engineers can use virtual instrumentation on the benchtop to save valuable time by automating measurements for design, debugging, characterization and validation labs.
Agilent receives patent on USB test spec
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) said it has obtained a patent that describes a method to use the Universal Serial Bus (USB) to communicate with a message processing device, including some aspects of GPIB emulation.
Tek's new 4-channel portable scopes take to lab or field
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Tektronix announces a new line of portable industrial-oriented 4-channel digital scopes, along with some powerful software and dedicated probes. These instruments are designed with industrial power designers and technicians in mind. Click on this story to read Tek's release notes and eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn's observations.
Static monitors measure surface voltage
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9/10/2004   Post a comment
TBA Electro Conductive Products (ECP) introduces two static monitors that offer a convenient and reliable way to measure surface voltage. Both instruments measure surface voltage in kV at 100-mm, with the ECP 1606 model having a range of 100-kV at 100-V resolution, while the more accurate 1606E model offers a 20-kV range and 10-V resolution.
Datalogger can remotely monitor 250 channels
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9/10/2004   Post a comment
Here's a datalogger that can be used for remote monitoring of up to 250 channels. Communication is with a computer across an RS-232C link or modem.
Tektronix tools target next-gen video compression
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9/8/2004   Post a comment
Instrumentation giant Tektronix is debuting a new software-based analyzer that gives you the ability to investigate compressed video data that's been encoded using various video standards. Tek is also announcing the addition of H.264/AVC and Windows Media 9 support for its MTM400 MPEG Transport Stream Monitor.
Embedded optical time-domain reflectometry modules can work as sensors
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9/7/2004   Post a comment
Anritsu's got some nifty optical time-domain reflectometry modules that can be applied to quite a wide variety of applications. Not only can they be used to maintain cabling in lightwave-based networks, but they also have applicability as sensors. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn gives them an approving nod.
FPGA core to handle spectrum analyzer IF filtering
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9/7/2004   Post a comment
Here's an interesting product development slated for test instrument vendors making spectrum analyzers. It's a digital replacement for analog IF filtering typically used in spectrum analyzers. Now available as an intellectual property core for embedding in FPGAs, it can simplify and make less risky the embedding of high performance digital designs into spectrum analysis, whether it's for general-purpose test instruments or application-specific equipment.
UMTS-Protokolltester erhält C++-Programmierschnittstelle
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9/7/2004   Post a comment
Das Wideband-CDMA-Messgerät für Mobiltelefone CRTU-W von Rohde & Schwarz ist jetzt auch für Signalisierungstests in Forschung und Entwicklung einsetzbar. Das Haupteinsatzgebiet des Testers, WCDMA Conformance Testing, bleibt davon unberührt, die Erweiterung erfolgt über eine zusätzliche Softwareschnittstelle.
LeCroy to acquire CATC for $85 million
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Bench top test equipment vendors LeCroy Corp. and Computer Access Technology Corp. (CATC) have announced today that LeCroy will acquire CATC for approximately $85 million.
Aeroflex, Motorola ink accord to distribute RF test products
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Aeroflex inks an agreement letting Motorola Communications and Electronics market and distribute Aeroflex's line of wireless test products in the US and Canada. Wares include Aeroflex's line of radio test systems, spectrum analyzers, RF power meters, signal generators, and microwave test gear.
LeCroy to acquire test software company
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Test instrument supplier LeCroy Corp. (Chestnut Ridge, N.Y.) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Computer Access Technology Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), in a stock transaction valued at $81 million, plus options.
PC-hosted software rides herd on CAN Bus
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of new PC-based software and hardware that can acquire data from an in-vehicle network. Use it to gather engineering data to analyze a vehicle's performance, using data from networks conforming to both CAN and J1850 standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn describes the system in detail.
Agilent powers up newest DC supplies with multiple I/Os
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Hot on the heels of Agilent Technologies's recent announcement of new modules and paralleling enhancements for its N6700 MPS power sources, the company is rolling out its newest N5700 Series. Billed as system DC power supplies, they offer what Agilent claims is the industry's highest power densities, with one unit in the mix providing up to 1.5-kW in a space-saving 1U-high package.


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