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UWB test: Call for participation
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9/30/2007   Post a comment
I'm happy to report that an unbiased performance test is being coordinated by industry expert Fanny Mlinarsky, a highly-regarded consultant with more than 24 years of senior R&D expertise in wireless technologies.
Understanding dissipation, thermal resistance, and IC temperature (Part 2 of 2)
Design How-To  
9/28/2007   1 comment
Ensure that your IC won't overheat by analyzing its thermal parameters and performance
USB data acquisition devices offer 80 I/O channels
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
NI delivers several data acquisition devices that address high-channel count, portable and benchtop applications, and BNC connectivity.
Readers respond to recent blog posts
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/26/2007   Post a comment
A recap of reader feedback to recent blog posts on everything from subwoofers and tube audio to audio cables and fun with oscilloscopes.
Elektrobit interface tester supports WiMAX, LTE
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9/26/2007   Post a comment
Finnish communications group Elektrobit has started selling to chip developers, equipment suppliers and network providers a bsestation interface tester that conforms to both mobile WiMAX and 3GPP Long Term Evolution specifications.
Traffic generator supports PCI Express 2.0 designs
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9/25/2007   Post a comment
LeCroy Corp. has introduced its next-generation high-performance traffic generator and exerciser for PCI Express 2.0.
Tips & Tricks: NIB--An enhanced environment for mobile device test
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
In the absence of testing in a real-world network, or the ability to simulate network activity, there's a third option that makes sense. Here's a quick look at a network-in-a-box alternative that enables functional and load testing for mobile devices.
Tool 'engages' EE students
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9/24/2007   Post a comment
Why have American students been losing interest in electrical engineering? One theory is that dramatic technological advances in electronics have had the unintended consequence of making electronics less accessible to curious young minds.
PXIe RF vector signal generator offers data streaming capability
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
National Instruments has released the NI PXIe-5672, a RF vector signal generator that delivers signal generation from 250 kHz to 2.7 GHz, 20 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth and real-time data streaming at up to 25 MS/s.
Measurement instrument delivers jitter analysis up to 80 MHz
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9/20/2007   Post a comment
SyntheSys Research has introduced the BERTScope 11000A digital communications receiver with jitter analysis (DCRj) for 10 Gbits/s telecommunications testing.
Interposer for protocol analyzers makes PCI Express analysis easier
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
LeCroy Corp. has introduced an ExpressModule interposer for its PETracer PCI Express protocol analyzers.
Temperature measurement instruments deliver high accuracy
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
Data Translation has introduced the TEMPpoint series of high accuracy temperature measurement instruments.
Test platform targets aerospace/defense applications
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has released the latest version of the Agilent Virtual Rack platform for test system creation and revision in aerospace/defense applications.
WiMAX Wave2 test system meets MIMO requirements
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9/19/2007   Post a comment
LitePoint Corp. has released its IQmax MIMO test system aimed at WiMAX devices with Wave 2 functionality.
Electronics help predict global warming
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
Semiconductor modeling tools enable scientists to make more accurate predictions about global warming.
Anritsu fields handheld Mobile WiMAX analyzer
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9/18/2007   Post a comment
The nine- pound analyzer has three options: RF, demodulation, and OTA.
LitePoint unveils WiMAX Wave2 test system
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
A basic system includes a pair of IQmax-500s plus a new synchronizing unit along with IQsignal, creating a 2x2 configuration.
Serial analyzers support PCI Express 2.0
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
Tektronix has introduced the TLA7S16 and TLA7S08 serial analyzers for test and validation of PCI Express (PCIe) 1.0 and 2.0 designs.
VXI oscilloscopes target aerospace/defense ATE applications
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
ZTEC Instruments has introduced the ZT4610 VXI digital oscilloscopes, targeted at high-density aerospace and defense ATE applications.
India team unveils new approach to test digital modules
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
A team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur have developed new approach for testing digital modules embedded in mixed-signal VLSI circuits.
Engineering services firms expand offerings as design needs shift
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9/17/2007   Post a comment
Third-party R&D/engineering services providers are expanding their offerings to meet growing demand from chip companies large and small.
Two good test probes are all you need
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9/15/2007   Post a comment
If you're using a probe that doesn't match the specifications of the device under test, what you see on your scope may not be what's going on in your circuit.
Universal bond tester provides quick-start modules
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9/14/2007   Post a comment
Royce Instruments has introduced the System 650 universal bond tester with quick-start test modules that permit rapid changeover between wire pull, tweezer pull, ball bond shear, cold ball pull or die shear tests.
System switch/multimeter platform delivers flexibility with multiple options
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9/14/2007   Post a comment
Keithley's LXI Class B compliant Series 3700 system switch/multimeter platform offers four mainframe options including an optional integrated DMM and six plug-in cards.
Instruments improve chip test productivity
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9/14/2007   Post a comment
Keithley has expanded its product line for semiconductor characterization and production tests. New models of its series 2600 allow measurements of extremely low currents while at the same time reducing costs, the company claimed.
Toolset delivers high-speed signal integrity analysis
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9/13/2007   Post a comment
Synopsys and SiSoft deliver timing and signal integrity analysis toolset for package and printed-circuit-board (PCB) design.
Fast tuning low power VME-based ELINT tuner
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9/13/2007   Post a comment
The M/A-COM TU-6401 is a lightweight low power SIGINT microwave tuner designed for signal search and collection applications. It provides simultaneous narrowband and wideband IF (intermediate frequency) outputs centered at 160 MHz (100 MHz bandwidth) and 1 GHz (500 MHz bandwidth).
WiMAX Wave 2 test system includes MIMO and waveform generation capabilities
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9/13/2007   Post a comment
LitePoint Corporation has unveiled its IQmax MIMO system aimed at WiMAX devices with Wave 2 functionality. As it has with previous test solutions, the latest system uses a common-platform approach that covers product development through product QA.
Test tool targets mobile WiMAX devices
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9/12/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced a wireless networking test set and OFDMA measurement application software as a complete one-box transmitter and receiver test solution for mobile WiMAX devices.
Debugger supports ARM Cortex cores
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9/12/2007   Post a comment
American Arium has launched SourcePoint 6.5.1, the latest update to its debugger line for ARM-architecture processors. Version 6.5.1 supports ARM7, ARM9, ARM11 and Cortex cores; offers serial wire debug (SWD), and delivers enhanced Linux OS-aware debug support
Microwave tuner analyzes RF signals at top speed
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9/12/2007   Post a comment
Tyco's TU-6401 SIGINT microwave tuner features an RF down converter that is coupled with a direct digital synthesizer to separate tuning speed from phase noise, providing what the company claims is the industry's fastest tuner.
Test strategies for 2-by-2 MIMO in 802.11n systems
Design How-To  
9/11/2007   Post a comment
When MIMO is added to the system it becomes more important to evaluate the combination of transmitted signals as they pass through a faded propagation channel.Characteristics of the multipath fading channel and propagation must be considered in addition to measuring transmitter performance at the antenna connector.
Network analyzers offer embedded local oscillator measurement capability
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has announced the availability of an embedded local oscillator (LO) measurement capability for its PNA series of network analyzers.
Basics of RF Field Probe Selection for EMC Testing
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9/11/2007   Post a comment
What good is an RF field if you can't reliably measure it? Often underestimated, RF field probes are critical to the implementation of a proper radiated immunity test system. Read on to find out what you need to know to pick the right one.
Amazing 'Hi-Fi' cartoon/illustration from 1950s
Audio DesignLine Blog  
9/9/2007   Post a comment
You won't believe the detail in this 1950's cartoon illustration depicting "hi-fi" of that period.
Trace exposes the toughest real-time bugs
Blog  
9/9/2007   2 comments
New debug tools give unprecedented continuous real-time access to on-chip data.
American Arium delivers lead-free JTAG emulators
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9/7/2007   Post a comment
American Arium has introduced three lead-free JTAG emulators for the latest version of its flagship SourcePoint debugger.
Function generator software improves user interface
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9/7/2007   Post a comment
ZTEC Instruments has improved its ZWave control software and drivers for its ZT530 C-Class function/arbitrary waveform generators.
Handheld digital multimeters target installation, maintenance testing
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9/6/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has expanded its handheld digital multimeter (DMM) portfolio with the introduction of the Agilent U1240A series.
NI launches PXI products with 600 Mbytes/s sustained data streaming
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9/6/2007   Post a comment
National Instruments has introduced several PXI products including an arbitrary waveform generator, embedded controller and RAID hard drive arrays that offer sustained hard drive recording and playback at 600 Mbytes/s.
Signal analyzer sets new performance/cost standard in signal analysis
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9/6/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies says its EXA signal analyzer is the industry's fastest economy-class signal analyzer.
Handheld tester provides key test functionality for cable and antenna installation
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9/5/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has introduced a handheld, battery-operated cable and antenna tester for field engineers and technicians.
CellMetric debuts mobile TV test systems at IBC
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9/5/2007   Post a comment
CellMetric, a Cambridge, England-based start up focusing on RF test and mobile video infrastructure hardware and software, is launching a DVB-H composer application to generate test transport streams at the International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam.
Understanding RF Instrument Specifications: Part 3 of 3
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9/4/2007   Post a comment
This is the final installment in a three-part article series on RF instrument fundamentals from National Instruments. This article covers specifications that apply to RF analyzers, specifically dynamic range, averaging modes, and displayed average noise floor.


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