Judging from the number of software upgrades, new spectrum analyzers, test sets, network analyzers and other test gear being introduced, it looks like wireless applications are driving the test and measurement industry to new heights of complexity if not profitability.
Some of this gear is far from inexpensive and a lot of it is software that runs only on specific hardware, of course, and requires a proprietary software platform as well.
For the design engineer toiling in the wireless space, these must be testing times. It wasn't that long ago that engineers had to cobble together their own wireless test gear because the standards and protocols were multiplying like crazy.
Now the number of choices of test equipment for specificvery specificstandards and protocols is multiplying just as rapidly (or so it would seem).
So many choices and so little time. How's a design engineer to decide which platform is best?