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Low-cost data-acq modules leverage USB 2.0
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9/29/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of two low-cost USB 2.0 multi-function data acquisition devices. These low-noise modules are powered by the 12-Mbit/s USB bus and convert at 10-ksample/s and 48-ksample/s speeds.
PXI RF test modules go to 6-GHz
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9/28/2005   Post a comment
Adding 6-GHz capability to provide seamless coverage of mobile device testing, test-and-measurement house Aeroflex is releasing two new PXI modules to its product line-up. They're for high-speed testing of RFICs and other devices for WLAN and WiMax.
IEEE-802.11b analysis software handshakes with Wi-Fi receiver
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9/27/2005   Post a comment
Portable RF test equipment supplier Berkeley Varitronics Systems is rolling out an IEEE-802.11b Wi-Fi hardware receiver/software package for Windows. The passive network-independent product graphically and textually scans, monitors, and logs all 2.4-GHz 802.11b Wi-Fi networks.
Ruggedized nomadic chassis houses PXI test set
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9/27/2005   Post a comment
Check out this ruggedized PXI test set. Although designed initially for flight-line military testing, it will find application in many industrial and field applications, too.
Lightwave analyzer tests high-speed electro-optical components
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies is debuting a lightwave component analyzer that's slated to accelerate broadband infrastructure build-out, as well as lower design and manufacturing costs of high-performance network components. It will test PIN diodes, laser drivers, receivers, amplifiers, sensors, lasers, transmitters, optical modulators, photodiodes, optical passive components, and fiber waveguides.
Low cost USB pod turns PC into scope, logic analyzer, more
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9/26/2005   Post a comment
Here's an affordable PC-based pod that functions as a programmable oscilloscope, logic analyzer, and digital signal generator---and more---all in one compact unit. It communicates with your PC using high-speed USB 2.0.
Tester gets multimedia messaging service hooks
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9/23/2005   Post a comment
Reflecting the trend of increased multimedia applications in 3G mobile devices, Anritsu is rolling out an enhanced version of its existing signaling tester. The enhancement permits the signaling application tester to perform MMS (multimedia messaging service) transmission/reception tests, as well as increased SMS (short message service) and video call test analysis.
PC-controlled ATE debuts
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9/23/2005   Post a comment
ATE vendor Nextest Systems is rolling out two new semiconductor test systems for cost-sensitive applications. One uses a PC for control. The other is based on a single circuit board.
Catalog sheds light on lightwave test
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9/23/2005   Post a comment
Here's a new catalog that provides detailed information on products for optical, electrical, protocol, and service-level testing. The catalog details wares for the installation and commissioning of broadband and triple-play services and infrastructures.
20-slot PXI chassis serves test
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9/23/2005   Post a comment
Geotest-Marvin Test Systems announces the addition of a 20-slot PXI chassis series to its family of PXI modules and mainframes. The new chassis features one system controller slot and nineteen PXI/CPCI slots.
PCI signal generator plug-ins make performance tradeoffs
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9/20/2005   Post a comment
A new family of ARB cards for the PCI platform comprise ultra-fast arbitrary waveform generators. These plug-ins give you 12-bit resolution at D/A conversion rates of up to 1 billion samples/s.
Automated test suite serves second-gen PCI Express
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9/19/2005   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement equipment maker LeCroy Corp. is offering what it says is the industry's first automated test suite for PCI Express testing and validation.
Terminal lets you drive RF signal generator
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9/19/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a synthesized signal generator usable to 1-GHz. Priced under $1000, it features a dedicated digital output with programmable voltage levels for testing digital systems and ICs, and it provides an AC-coupled and a differential output for testing RF wireless devices.
100-MHz scopes pack mixed-signal punch
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9/15/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies intros four 100-MHz portable storage and mixed-signal oscilloscopes. With realtime sample rates of 2-Gsamples/s on each channel and ultra-fast update rates, 6000 Series scopes can show critical events in complex waveforms.
Study says xDSL test gear vendors must keep up
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9/14/2005   Post a comment
Fast advancing applications are causing xDSL test equipment vendors-- who had a global market of $358 million in 2004-- to try and match pace with xDSL application development.
PXI systems reduce the cost of RF test systems
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9/8/2005   Post a comment
Aeroflex introduces three new products for the mobile handset manufacturing and RFIC design verification markets
RF Field tester offers HSDPA
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9/8/2005   Post a comment
The latest option for the Tektronix NetTek tester verifies HSDPA NodeB transmitters

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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