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posted in September 2006
BVS's hand-held spectrum analyzer targets WiMAX
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
A touch-screen user interface and ruggedized water-resistant casing compliment the spectrum analysis features.
OpEd: An EE's guide to selecting test equipment
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Specs are important but three criteria used to determine cost of ownership are key to making test equipment productive over the long haul.
LVDT signal conditioner supports vehicular testing
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Touting universal applicability and extended functionality, Macro Sensors single-channel, low-voltage signal conditioner, the LVC-2500 DC-LVDT, supports all standard LVDT, RVDT and VRT half-bridge sensors for 24-volt PLC systems and 12-volt vehicular testing applications.
Testing Multiple-In Multiple-Out antenna systems: Not all MIMO is created equal
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Turntable testing generates thousands of throughput measurements as opposed to the one, two, or four measurements recorded during conventional testing.
Software upgrade boosts Yokogawa scopes
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Yokogawa releases its latest spin of Xviewer scope software. Version 1.30 enhancements include functions that take main and zoom waveforms, waveform measurement results, cursors, math channels, FFT, X-Y displays, etc., and turn them into customized reports.
Integrated tester supports HDMI 1.3 standard
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Learn more about this integrated sink, source, and cable test approach for the new HDMI 1.3 High-Definition Multimedia Interface standard. You can use it for manual or automated HDMI physical-layer compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterization during R&D and manufacturing.
Protocol exerciser, analyzer puts PCIe 2.0 through its paces
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Check out Agilent Technologies's integrated PCI Express 2.0 protocol analyzer and exerciser systems. Agilent's E2960B Series addresses the need for non-intrusive measurement of ultra-fast 5-Gbit/s PCIe signals, and Link Training and Status State Machine testing. It also handles cross-system logic analysis.
5.8-GHz arbitrary waveform generators set the pace
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Tektronix is debuting a line of arbitrary waveform generators that are arguably the industry's fastest. Designed to test high-speed serial data buses and wideband digital RF devices, Tek's AWGs tout up to 5.8-GHz of analog bandwidth, 10-bit resolution output DACs, and sample rates up to 20-Gsamples/s. They can produce high-speed real-life waveforms with imperfections including noise, jitter, pre/de-emphasis and multi-level signaling up to 10-Gbits/s.
Inductor touts non-magnetic characteristic for medical and test equipment
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Using a proprietary method to ensure non-magnetic characteristics, Gowanda Electronics has developed the MG series of non-magnetic inductors for magnetically-sensitive applications including medical and test equipment.
Agilent to buy back $2 billion in shares
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. will buy back up to $2 billion of its common stock over the next two years.
Basics of using precision instrumentation amplifiers in single-supply designs
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Using an in-amp in a single-supply application brings some common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) and supply-rail signal challenges, unless you understand the basics and limits
Agilent updates PCI Express validation, compliance software
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announces an updated version of PCI Express electrical performance validation and compliance software. It tests devices to ensure compliance with PCIe 1.1 and PCIe 2.0 specs. The software runs on Agilent's 54855A Infiniium and 80000 Series scopes.
Plug-in oscilloscopes bridge gaps between modular and conventional instruments
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Melding conventional and modular instrumentation, ZTEC Instruments is rolling out preliminary datasheets and information on a family of digital storage oscilloscopes. These plug-ins have prices and features comparable to scopes from Tektronix, Agilent, and LeCroy. You can use them in PCI, cPCI, PXI, and VXI systems.
Spirent's protocol tester supports all VoIP and IMS protocols
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
The tester simultaneously provides high-performance signaling and media load generation.
Azimuth's VoWi-Fi test software adds power to its capabilities
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
The suite features easy- to-use test scripts that simplify configuration and support a broad range of devices and scenarios.
Testing times
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
So many choices and so little time. How's a design engineer to decide which test platform is best?
RF snooper kit covers 1.8-GHz to 6-GHz bands
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Looking for RF emitters in the 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi bands? This handheld spectrum analyzer kit from Bantam Instruments, replete with directional and omni-directional antennas, can assist. Software for Windows PCs also enhances operation.
Anritsu's 7.1-GHz spectrum analyzer delivers high performance for a low price
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
The MS2717A delivers general-purpose spectrum analysis over the 100 kHz to 7.1 GHz frequency range for less than $12,000.
Deep-memory handheld scopes pack color LCDs
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Check out these battery-powered 20-MHz and 40-MHz deep-memeory handheld oscilloscopes. Designed for industrial automation, process control, facility maintenance, and automotive-service applications, these color-LCD portable's 4.5-in. displays let you view two channels simultaneously. They also include built-in DMMs.
Ergonomic handheld DMMs serve cost-sensitive industrial applications
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Priced starting at less than $400, Agilent Technologies is rolling out a line of ergonomic handheld DMMs slated for industrial troubleshooting as well as validation. U1250A Series DMMs deliver features you would expect from benchtop multimeters.
16-bit A/D cards pop into PCI bus slots
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Using separate multiple 16-bit A/D converters to ensure true simultaneous sampling, here's a family of PCI bus plug-in cards with a choice of maximum sampling rates from 200-ksamples/s to 3-Msamples/s.
Nomadic spectrum analyzer promises lower wireless cost-of-test
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
A $12,000 nomadic spectrum analyzer from Anritsu promises lower wireless cost-of-test, both in the field and on the factory floor. WCDMA/HSDPA RF tests and WCDMA de-modulation measurements can help characterize wireless Node-B transmitter components.
Hot products: Single-chip cellphone, USB flash drive
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9/8/2006   Post a comment
The hottest products posted this week at eeProductCenter include a miniaturized AC/DC switching power supply that delivers 1 watt in standby mode, a new USB flash drive line, a single-chip cell phone device that promises double talk time and a 14-bit, 150-MSPS analog-to-digital converter that consumes only 430 mW.
Aeroflex updates its 2975 Radio Test Set software
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
The latest version of Aeroflex's 2975 Project 25 Radio Test Set software adds eye diagram functionality to P25 waveform analysis.
CellMetric debuts at IBC with mobile TV emulator
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Privately held CellMetric (Cambridge, England) will launch itself and its first products — a range of network emulators to help operators deploying digital terrestrial and mobile TV systems — at the IBC exhibition and congress, which opens September 8 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Signal analyzers, generators address wireless test
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Mid-range RF/microwave signal analyzers and signal generators from Agilent Technolgies offer benefits both in the lab and on the factory floor. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn explains why these instruments can solve design challenges for current and emerging applications, and boost manufacturing throughput.
Fast mobile phone test set slashes cost-of-test
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies offers a very fast wireless communications test set that looks like just the ticket for calibrating next-generation mobile phones that have test-mode capabilities, and don't need call processing/protocol. The instrument promises to do that cost-effectively, too, offering application software licensing options that impart only the functionality you may need. The platform also runs completely open Windows XP.
Time-correlated spectrum analyzers open unexpected RF views
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Tektronix rolls out its RSA6100A Series of realtime spectrum analyzers. These unique instruments, with high capture-bandwidth and dynamic range, use Tek's DPX image processing to transform volumes of data into live RF spectrum presentations to reveal previously unseen signals and anomalies.
Planning tool to aid initial RF design
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9/4/2006   Post a comment
EDA vendor Applied Wave Research announces its RF Architect system-level simulation tool. AWR's RFA tool provides an RF budget analysis, as well as so-called frequency heritage inspection capabilities.
University research aims at more secure Wi-Fi
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9/1/2006   Post a comment
The technology depends on the RF signal "fingerprints" or profiles that make every wireless transceiver in the world virtually unique.


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