Here's a roundup of test and measurement in EE news during the past month. New releases include signal generator, scope, probes, and software, among others.
Scalable signal generator streamlines broadcast testing
The BTC broadcast test center from Rohde & Schwarz furnishes a testing environment for nearly all audio, video, and multimedia applications, enabling users to perform end-to-end tests in real-time over all OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) levels.
Tektronix releases MSO and probes out to 33GHz
On July 23, the company rounded out its MSO line with its new MSO/DPO70000DX series, which takes its mixed signal and probing capabilities out to 33GHz. Targeted applications include high-speed communications, wideband RF, and serial data bandwidth.
3D simulation software eases EMI compliance
The latest release of EMPro, Agilent Technologies' 3D electromagnetic simulation software, offers such enhancements as specification-compliance templates to help design engineers identify and resolve EMI problems.
Handheld RF/microwave analyzers talk to Apple iOS devices
With remote-control Option 030 and a remote viewer application, Agilent's FieldFox handheld RF and microwave analyzers can be remotely controlled via an Apple iOS device, such as an iPad or iPhone.
Dual-channel PCIe card captures 3G-SDI digital video
Using a PCI Express x4 interface, the PCIe-2602 card from Adlink Technology performs two-channel acquisition of 3G-SDI (3 Gbps Serial Digital Interface) video signals at a resolution of up to 1920x1080p/60-fps for low-latency, uncompressed video-streaming applications.
Agilent fortifies libraries for SystemVue and ADS platforms
Two reference libraries for satellite communications and navigation system design are now available for Agilent’s SystemVue platform, while retimer models have been added to the repeater model library for the Advanced Design System (ADS) 2013 Transient Convolution Element and SystemVue 2013 AMI Modeling Kit.
OTDRs provide enhanced visibility into fiber span
Developed for Anritsu’s Access Master MT9083x2 family of OTDRs, the Fiber Visualizer tool allows field technicians to conduct accurate measurements of fiber cables, connections, and splices when installing and maintaining high-speed optical fiber networks.
12-bit PCIe board touts active/passive input balun
Delivering uninterrupted acquisition of two concurrent 12-bit A/D channels at 2 Gsamples or a single channel at up to 4 Gsamples/s, the AD12-2000x2 data-acquisition board from Ultraview employs an active/passive balun front end that reduces noise in bandpass applications, while allowing operation down to DC.
Software enables MHL 2.1 analysis and compliance testing
Tektronix’ MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) 2.1 analysis and compliance test software uses the same real-time oscilloscope to perform transmitter, receiver, dongle, and cable testing for both the physical and protocol layers.
Options add realistic test scenarios to GNSS simulator
Rohde & Schwarz has added a number of options to its GNSS (global navigation satellite system) simulator to enable developers of satellite-based navigation systems to perform receiver and component testing using real-world scenarios and special effects, such as obscuration and multipath propagation.
USB module performs 24-bit dynamic signal acquisition
Useful for microphone and accelerometer measurement in vibration and acoustic applications, the USB-2405 from Adlink Technology is a dynamic signal-acquisition module equipped with four analog-input channels that simultaneously sample at rates of up to 128 ksamples/s with 24-bit resolution.
Boundary-scan bundle eases complex design projects
Scanflex Designer Studio from Goepel is a boundary-scan test package that comprises hardware, software, and a one-year maintenance contract to allow engineers to test and debug complicated projects during both the design and production phases. The hardware is preconfigured for ESA (Embedded System Access) technologies, such as ChipVORX and VarioTAP, and can be extended with I/O modules to perform additional test and programming tasks.
Compact PC sampling oscilloscopes offer 20-GHz bandwidth
A space-saving alternative to conventional bench instruments, the PicoScope 9300 series of PC-based oscilloscopes from Pico Technology offers 20-GHz bandwidth on two channels and a sampling rate of 1 Msample/s for analyzing high-speed electrical signals, including 10-Gbps Ethernet, 10x Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, and PCI Express.
Free software enables remote control of handheld RF instruments
Wireless Remote Tools software for Anritsu's touch-screen PIM Master, Site Master, Spectrum Master, and VNA Master handheld RF/microwave analyzers allows field technicians and engineers to remotely view screens and control the field instruments using a Windows-based laptop, PC, or tablet computer.
Emulator tests LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation
A multipurpose network emulator for testing LTE, UMTS, CDMA, and multimode UEs, the CS8 mobile device tester from Spirent can now be used for LTE-Advanced (3GPP Release 10) carrier-aggregation testing using two 10-MHz carriers, each with 2x2 MIMO and independent fading.
PXI embedded controller sports quad-core processor
The PXI-3980 is Adlink Technology’s first quad-core embedded controller, leveraging an Intel Core i7-2715QE 2.1-GHz processor that operates at up to 3.0 GHz in single-core Turbo Boost mode and packs up to 16 Gbytes of 1333-MHz DDR3 memory for seamless execution in multitasking test and measurement environments.
Software options aid 10-Gbps SuperSpeed USB testing
Tektronix has added several options to its USB 3.0 test platform, including transmitter test software for the SuperSpeedPlus 10-Gbps specification, a USB 3.0 oscilloscope-based layered decode capability, and enhanced automation software for SuperSpeed USB transmitter testing that improves test throughput by up to 60 percent.
All product content from edn.com.