Test and Measurement
Agilent Technologies' Network Analyzer and Oscilloscope Approved for SATA Gen 3 Certification Testing
Agilent announced that the Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has approved Agilent's 90000 X-Series oscilloscope and E5071C network analyzer with Option TDR (time-domain reflectometry) to provide SATA Gen 3 Interoperability Program Revision 1.4 product testing and certification. The instruments cover the transmitter, return loss and cable test sections of the SATA Interoperability Program.
Agilent - Oscilloscopes with Breakthrough Technology to Deliver Advanced Capabilities for Engineers, Technicians with Limited Budgets
Agilent today expanded its mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio with 26 new models that comprise its next-generation InfiniiVision 2000 and 3000 X-Series. The new scopes incorporate breakthrough technology that allows advanced capabilities to be included in affordable instruments.
Agilent Technologies Announces LTE Wireless Communications Test Set for Manufacturing
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the Agilent EXT wireless communications test set for wireless device manufacturing. The new Agilent EXT includes X-Series Measurement Applications and Sequence Studio software along with enhanced Signal Studio software to support the required testing of existing and emerging communication technologies such as LTE.
Agilent Introduces Three New LTE Design Verification and Conformance Systems
Agilent announced its new design verification and conformance systems for LTE. The three systems extend Agilent's GS-8800 series for cellular design verification and conformance and are intended for engineers testing LTE devices to meet the TS 36.521-1 standard. All three use the Agilent E6621A PXT wireless communications test set as their core signalling engine.
Fluke Networks offers up to £2,495 rebate for trade-in of any cable tester ‘Your Most Trusted Tester’ campaign offers user rebates for trading in old testers when purchasing a DTX CableAnalyzerTM
Fluke Networks, the leader in network infrastructure installation and analysis is offering an 'unbeatable' trade-in deal which could be worth up to £2,495 for users who upgrade to Fluke's DTX CableAnalyzer™. Launched today, the company's 'Your Most Trusted Tester' campaign allows customers to simply trade in their old cable tester and receive a rebate against one of the six models in the DTX CableAnalyzer™ range.
Geotest Adds Support for Linux and LabVIEW Real-Time
Geotest has announced the release of a new software driver package, GtLinux v1.0 which allows Geotest's PXI instruments to operate under the Linux operating system. The initial release includes support for Geotest's DC source instruments (GX1642/8), the GTX2200 counter / timer family, the GX3500 Flex DIO FPGA card, and static digital I/O cards(GX5731/2/3 and GX5641/2). In addition, a new update to Geotest's instrument driver libraries now supports Geotest's PXI instruments under the National Instruments LabVIEW RT software environment.
40G/100G Test Solutions from Livingston
Global test equipment sourcing specialist Livingston has taken measures to ensure that its customer base is fully prepared for deploying next generation network infrastructure. Thanks to a new initiative, it is now able to provide industry players of all sizes, from tier 1 multinationals through to small contracting operations, with access to the advanced equipment needed for 40G and 100G Ethernet.
Dual-Channel Bench-top Optical Power Meter
GAO Fiber Optics is offering its dual channel bench-top optical power meter which conducts a broad range of measurements. This high precision optical power meter is specially designed for passive components.
STS Microspectrometer Provides Big Performance in a Small Footprint
Ocean Optics has introduced a family of low-cost, high-performance CMOS detector-based spectrometers that are ideal for embedding into OEM devices. Despite its tiny footprint – less than two inches square (40 mm x 42 mm) and one inch (24 mm) high – STS provides performance comparable to larger systems: full spectral analysis with low stray light, high signal to noise (>1500:1) and typical optical resolution of ~1.5 nm (FWHM). STS is a great option for a range of VIS-NIR applications including characterization of LEDs and absorbance/transmittance of various samples and is ideal for OEM applications where one or more wavelengths are being monitored and highly reproducible results are necessary.
Installation and maintenance of LTE networks is now even easier with handheld analyzers from Rohde & Schwarz
The R&S FSH4 and R&S FSH8 handheld analyzers from Rohde & Schwarz offer comprehensive new functions for detailed measurements in LTE networks. With these handheld spectrum analyzers, users can now perform modulation analysis in the LTE frequency division duplex (FDD) and time division duplex (TDD) modes. The new options provide a more detailed view of LTE signals than is possible with other manufacturers' instruments. This is a significant advantage when troubleshooting. They are the only handheld analyzers on the market that can analyze the complete LTE frame with up to 10 subframes as called for by the standard. They are also the only ones that support extended cyclic prefix as defined in the standard. The extended cyclic code prefix reduces interference due to delay spread in large radio cells. In addition, the analyzer can be used to test parallel multi-antenna signal transmissions up to 4x4 MIMO.
The R&S SMBV100A now simulates GPS, Galileo and digital communications standards in a single unit
The field-proven R&S SMBV100A from Rohde & Schwarz sets new standards in satellite simulation. With the addition of a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) simulator to this flexible, multi-purpose vector signal generator, the R&S SMBV100A can now generate customized scenarios for GPS and Galileo from up to 12 satellites in realtime. Users can quickly and easily define their own scenarios to test GNSS receivers under a variety of conditions. The R&S SMBV100A is the only simulator on the market that supports several satellite, mobile radio, wireless and radio standards simultaneously. Now, manufacturers of mobile phones or car radios with GNSS receivers need just one signal generator to check multiple functions at the same time.
Complete T&M portfolio from Rohde & Schwarz speeds successful rollouts of LTE-FDD and TD-LTE networks
The first LTE-FDD and TD-LTE networks are being rolled out in Europe, the USA and in Asia. These new wireless communications standards have extremely high data rates – up to 100 Mbit/s – that allow high-speed mobile internet access. Rohde & Schwarz offers the T&M equipment to ensure the rapid deployment of LTE-FDD and TD-LTE. The company has a complete product portfolio for developing and manufacturing chipsets, user equipment and infrastructure as well as for network planning, setup and monitoring.
Off-the-shelf fatigue rated load cells from RDP
When load testing calls for a high number of repetitive cycles, such as material test machines or long-term structural tests in aviation or automotive research, then a common solution is to specify a fatigue rated load cell. Now RDP Electronics can usually offer an off-the-shelf alternative for rapid delivery.
Affordable Stereo Zoom Microscopes for Inspecting PCBs
Vision Engineering announced they have extended their affordable SX stereo zoom microscope range, ideal for inspecting PCBs. Vision Engineering is a world leader in optical solutions for inspection and measurement with over 50 years of design and manufacturing experience.
High performance LeCroy oscilloscopes from Rapid Electronics
Rapid Electronics is delighted to have extended its test and measurement solutions with an extensive range of high end, high performance oscilloscopes from LeCroy.
Aeroflex TM500 Test Mobile adds 84Mbps 3GPP DC-HSDPA Release 9 to multiple handset emulation system
Aeroflex announced today that its TM500 Test Mobile has added support for the 3GPP DC-HSDPA Release 9 standard to the multiple UE (user equipment, or handset) emulation product. Release 9 is the most recent update to the HSPA+ standards, and provides a maximum data rate of 84 Mbps by enabling concurrent operation of MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) and DC-HSDPA (Dual Cell High-Speed Download Packet Access).
Audio Precision Installs 44 APx515's at MUSIC Group Production Facility
The MUSIC Group, owner of the world-renowned Behringer, Midas and Klark Teknik brands, has installed 44 APx515 audio analyzers at its newly refurbished Zhongshan production facility. The order was placed though AP Technology, the exclusive Chinese distributor for APx515 manufacturer Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test.
LeCroy - Stand-alone DDR3 Protocol Analyzer
LeCroy Corporation, the worldwide leader in protocol test solutions, today introduced a new low-cost platform that provides comprehensive DDR3 bus and JEDEC timing analysis. LeCroy's Kibra™ 380 is the industry's first true, standalone protocol analyzer for DDR3, combining waveform views and state listings, with dedicated trigger logic to allow improved visualization of DDR3 state transitions and protocol violations. Designed to lower the cost of testing for developers of DDR3 memory systems, the Kibra 380 eliminates the need for costly logic analyzers while simplifying setup and shortening validation cycles.
LeCroy - Mid-Range Oscilloscope Platform
LeCroy today announced the launch of WaveRunner 6 Zi, its newest mid-range oscilloscope series. The new platform is the latest design in a comprehensive rollout of technology-leading products that LeCroy initiated in the fall of 2010.
LeCroy Premieres Industry-Leading New Products at DesignCon 2011
LeCroy Corporation premiered an array of innovative new products at DesignCon 2011, demonstrating continued leadership in the speed, performance and analysis capabilities of oscilloscopes and signal integrity test solutions. LeCroy engineers were available for discussion on the exhibition floor, presented four technical sessions and delivered one three-hour tutorial.
Anritsu’s test platform re-defines terminal protocol analysis
With companies looking for even greater efficiencies, the need to re-use not only hardware but software components is essential. Enormous investments in legacy systems cannot be disposed of so the ME7834 Mobile Device Test Platform provides the most flexible way to combine existing and new components. As well as integrating the leading LTE development and proving tools, the ME7834 supports many popular formats including HSPAEvo, UTRAN, GERAN and cdma2000. The platform can be configured to include protocol conformance testing as well as acceptance tests for a number of carriers as well as development. A choice of formal TTCN or the innovative RTD graphical flow chart languages can be combined with internal test sequencers and automation. New ME7834 systems can be delivered fully configured and commissioned.
Anritsu - eoCompass Radio Access Network management added to MasterClaw System’s capabilities
Anritsu A/S, a global provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) for advanced and converged networks, today announced the availability of eoCompass™, a comprehensive radio access network (RAN) management solution.
Anritsu Line Sweep Tools Software Introduced for Antenna, Cable, and PIM Reporting Needs
Anritsu Company introduces Line Sweep Tools, a PC-based software tool for its handheld instruments that allows network operators to quickly capture, validate, and generate reports using antenna, cable, and Passive Intermodulation (PIM) sweeps. Line Sweep Tools can be used by field engineers and technicians to help ensure accurate and timely measurement reporting.
Spirent and Bluetest Collaborate to Advance Mobile Device RF Testing
Spirent Communications, a leader in testing wireless networks, services and devices, and Bluetest AB, a leading supplier of reverberation test systems, today announced their collaboration to advance Over-The-Air (OTA) test methods for mobile devices. Through their collective research and development, these two industry leaders will dramatically improve the time and reduce the cost required to deliver a superior user experience to mobile subscribers.
Spirent Announces Major Innovation in LTE MIMO Testing
Spirent Communications, the leader in testing wireless networks, services and devices, today announced the addition of MIMO Over-The-Air (OTA) Environment Builder software to its wireless channel emulation product line. When equipped with this new capability, Spirent's wireless channel emulators can be used to predict user experience of MIMO devices prior to deployment. The innovative new software reduces the complexity and uncertainty of chamber-based MIMO OTA implementations for LTE device performance testing.
Spirent puts Mobile Internet to the Test
Smartphones and tablets are re-defining the mobile Internet. This disruptive trend, characterized by content and device mobility, raises a pressing yet unresolved issue - are networks ready to support the performance and reliability requirements of advanced services? To help carriers and equipment vendors test the most demanding data and application workloads on the mobile Internet, Spirent introduces Spirent TestCenter HyperMetrics neXt.
JAXA Selects Spirent for Multi-GNSS Testing
To further the development of the Quazi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) program, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has selected Spirent Communications' testing solutions to verify performance of its satellite receivers. Responsible for the development of initial QZSS receivers, JAXA is using Spirent's GSS8000 Multi-GNSS Constellation Simulator to verify QZSS receiver performance.
Keithley Releases Four New “How-To” Videos on Operating Electrometers
Keithley Instruments, Inc., a world leader in advanced electrical test instruments and systems, has produced a series of four new tutorial videos on topics related to configuring and operating one of its most sensitive measurement instruments.
Precision power analyser offers innovative measurement functions
The Yokogawa WT1800 precision power analyser is the latest addition to the company's highly successful range of digital power measuring instruments. Replacing the WT1600, an industry standard for many years, the WT1800 offers innovative measurement functions which benefit the engineer with electrical power and efficiency measurements in a range of industries from inverter and drive design to alternative energy systems.
Unit testing incorporating hardware
The latest version of Tessy, the tool for automated module/unit/integration testing of embedded software, now enables to incorporate hardware in unit and integration testing. The hardware under test either can be the on-chip peripherals of a microcontroller or hardware external to the microcontroller. This enables a so-called hardware-in-the-loop test for unit and integration testing. Such a test makes especially sense if the microcontroller is implemented as soft core in a FPGA, because in this case the on-chip peripherals actually are not hardware, but software, which might change during the course of the development and therefore needs repetitive testing. To accomplish such tests, special test hardware and software is used, which needs to be adapted to the test object in question.
Multitest to Exhibit New Test Solutions at BiTS 2011
Multitest, a designer and manufacturer of final test handlers, contactors and load boards used by integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and final test subcontractors worldwide, will exhibit its leading test solutions in Booth A45 at the upcoming Burn-in & Test Socket Workshop, scheduled to take place March 6-9, 2011 at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa Hotel in Mesa, AZ.
TESEQ Releases Upgraded EMC Test Software with Industry-specific Test Packages for Quicker Set-up
TESEQ, a leading developer and provider of instrumentation and systems for EMC emission and immunity testing, has released Compliance 5 emission and immunity test software. Compliance 5 is a single, integrated test platform capable of performing all RF EMC testing needs.
New PicoScope 3000A/B, powerful USB Oscilloscopes
The latest dual-channel PC Oscilloscopes in the PicoScope 3000 Series offer bandwidths from 60 MHz to 200 MHz. These compact and economical devices include valuable features such as serial decoding, mask limit testing, segmented memory and advanced triggers as standard. The result is a range of new scopes that are perfect for engineers and technicians needing a complete test bench in a single unit.
2260 Investigator Sound Level Meter bows out gracefully
The last Sound Level Meter Type 2260 has left the Brüel & Kjær production line. After almost 17 years of faithful service that saw it travel into space and appear on the BBC, the distinctively shaped 2260 'Investigator' has finally come to the end of its natural life after stocks of its custom-built membrane key pad were allowed to run out, leaving it to be superseded by Sound Level Meter Type 2270.
GL Announces tProbe – T1 E1 VF and Serial Data Analysis and Emulation Hardware
GL Communications Inc. announced today the release of its latest hardware platform tProbeTM– T1 E1 VF and Serial Data Analysis and Emulation Hardware. Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Jagdish Vadalia, Senior Manager of Product Development at GL, said," GL's new tProbe™ is an enhanced version of our popular USB-based T1 E1 VF Analyzer / Emulator. This hardware incorporates all the features of the previous analyzer such as portability, USB interface, remote accessibility, scripting, and a vast collection of optional applications".
Aeroflex PXI Test System Boosts Production Test Speeds by 5X for MobileAccess Devices
Aeroflex announced today that by deploying its PXI-based test systems, MobileAccess, a global provider of enterprise wireless solutions, significantly increased the speed of device testing while maintaining the same level of test coverage. Production test speeds increased five times (5X) over a competitor's installed GPIB-based test system. The vast improvement helped MobileAccess meet the increased customer demand for their products by increasing production throughput.
Agilent Technologies, Altair Semiconductor Team Up to Accelerate LTE Device and Test Equipment Maturity
Agilent and Altair Semiconductor today announced they will jointly conduct interoperability testing and validation testing using Altair's 4G LTE chipset in conjunction with the Agilent PXT wireless communications test set and N6070A-series signaling conformance test software. The joint effort will accelerate the development of LTE devices and testing solutions into new operating bands.
Agilent Technologies' PXT Wireless Communications Test Set Now Supports Critical LTE Inter-RAT Handover
Agilent announced new functional test features for its E6621A PXT wireless communications test set. Used in conjunction with Agilent's popular E5515C 8960 wireless communications test set, the PXT now supports handover between different radio access technologies (RAT). Both user equipment-initiated and base station-initiated handovers are now supported, making the PXT an essential tool for efficient development and performance verification of LTE user equipment.
Agilent - Headspace Sampler for Volatile-Sample Gas Chromatography Applications
Agilent introduced a headspace instrument for gas chromatography (GC) sample analysis, the 7697A Headspace Sampler. Based on Agilent's automatic liquid sampler (ALS) technology, the 7697A Headspace Sampler features superior performance without loss or degradation of volatile components found in the gas portion of partitioned GC samples.
Aeroflex EAST500 LTE Capacity Test System wins 2010 4GWE Product of the Year Award
Aeroflex announced today that its EAST500 LTE Capacity Test System has won a Technology Marketing Corporation's (TMC) 2010 4GWE Product of the Year award. This is the second year in a row that an Aeroflex LTE product has been selected for this honour. Award recipients represent the most innovative new products brought to market during 2010.