Test and Measurement
Rohde & Schwarz launches four-port network analyzer up to 67 GHz
The high-end R&S ZVA67 vector network analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz is now also available as a four-port model. This is the first network analyzer on the market to feature four test ports for measurements up to 67 GHz. Its high dynamic range (110 dB at 67 GHz) and output power (6 dBm at 67 GHz) give the R&S ZVA67 the flexibility and performance required for characterizing components and modules in the microwave and millimeter-wave range. It allows users in research and development to determine the S parameters of multiport devices quickly and with high precision. As an extra benefit, the analyzer's four internal signal sources reduce test system complexity and the number of instruments required, e.g. for measuring frequency-converting DUTs, because no external signal generators are needed.
Agilent Technologies Introduces Second-Generation FlexRay Option for InfiniiVision Series Oscilloscopes
Agilent Technologies introduced its second-generation FlexRay measurement option (Option FLX) on its popular InfiniiVision 5000, 6000 and 7000 Series oscilloscopes. In response to customer feedback on its first-generation FlexRay oscilloscope option, Agilent enhanced the measurement capabilities for testing the physical-layer robustness of FlexRay networks in Option FLX and significantly lowered the price for an entry-level FlexRay physical-layer test solution.
Multi-Contact produces safety guide to electrical test and measurement
Electrical testing and measurement is an area where safety needs to be paramount, and for this reason users will appreciate the new safety guide produced by Multi-Contact. The free 48 page booklet takes the user through the basic principles of safe working in the testing of electrical and electronic equipment, with particular reference to the latest international standards.
National Instruments Introduces Solution for Phase-Coherent RF Measurements
National Instruments has introduced new RF vector signal generators (VSGs) and vector signal analysers (VSAs) in two-channel, three-channel and four-channel versions for multichannel multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) RF design and test applications. The NI PXIe-5663E 6.6 GHz two-, three- and four-channel RF VSA and NI PXIe-5673E 6.6 GHz two-, three- and four-channel RF VSG versions, based on PXI Express, incorporate a shared local oscillator (LO) architecture to achieve true phase coherency between each RF port, which facilitates more accurate channel-to-channel phase measurements in a variety of RF test applications.
Keithley Publishes 2010 Test & Measurement Product Catalog CD
Keithley Instruments, has published its 2010 Test & Measurement Product Catalog in CD form. The CD offers details and technical specifications on Keithley's general-purpose and sensitive sourcing and measurement products, DC switching, RF/microwave switching, data acquisition solutions, and semiconductor test systems.
Agilent Technologies Introduces Transportable GC/MS for High-Performance, Out-of-Laboratory Analysis
Agilent Technologies introduced the 5975T Low Thermal Mass (LTM) Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Detector (GC/MSD), the industry's first commercial transportable GC/MS system that delivers laboratory-quality analysis. Using proprietary LTM technology, Agilent has developed the 5975T LTM GC/MS to be smaller, more rugged and to consume less power than in-lab GC/MS instruments, yet capable of the same high-quality performance in the field.
Agilent Introduces New Single Quadrupole LC/MS Delivering Higher Throughput and Unmatched Performance
Agilent Technologies introduced the Agilent 6150B Series single quadrupole liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer (LC/MS), a new generation of this workhorse instrument. The 6150B Series has substantially higher sample throughput and delivers unmatched performance in the single quad LC/MS category.
Agilent Lab Software Suite Unifies Instrument Data Systems, Electronic Lab Notebook and Data Archival
Agilent Technologies introduced the OpenLAB software portfolio, designed as a better way for labs to efficiently capture, share, review and archive scientific data. Customers want solutions that reduce the time from discovery to delivery of a new chemical or biological entity, said Nick Roelofs, Ph.D., president, Agilent Life Sciences Group. By providing solutions that support the evolution of existing systems and minimizing retraining, the OpenLAB portfolio protects a laboratory's investment and knowledge. Customers will quickly benefit from the productivity enhancements of the new integrated collaboration and data management tools.
Agilent Technologies Introduces Oscilloscope Triggering and Decode Option for MIL-STD 1553 Signals
Agilent today introduced a triggering and decode option (Option 533) for MIL-STD 1553 on its popular InfiniiVision 5000, 6000 and 7000 Series oscilloscopes. Option 533 allows engineers to easily capture and measure the electrical characteristics of MIL-STD 1553 signals. When Option 553 is combined with Agilent's mask test option, engineers also can perform MIL-STD 1553 eye-diagram mask testing for the first time based on electrical input specifications.
Agilent Technologies Announces Handheld RF Analyzer Training Program
Agilent Technologies introduced a training program on RF communications, infrastructure, installation and maintenance. The training program, consisting of three courses, is designed to give users of handheld RF analyzers the knowledge they need to get the most from their equipment.
Agilent Announces Innovative Liquid Chromatography App Now Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch
Agilent Technologies announced its LC Calculator App is now available on the App Store. The LC Calculator is a first-of-its-kind liquid chromatography app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app was designed to quickly determine flow rate and back pressure under a variety of conditions and column dimensions.
Carlo Gavazzi’s new energy meters and controllers on show at NEMEX 2010
Carlo Gavazzi is using this year's NEMEX exhibition to present its latest products to address the energy market. Highlights will include the newly announced WM30-96 smart modular power analyser for building automation networks, and the Eos-Array – a modular controller for efficient running of photovoltaic (PV) plants. Carlo Gavazzi's full range of innovative energy meters will also be demonstrated on the stand.
50 MHz function generator hits new price point
The TG5011 from TTi is a combined function/arbitrary/pulse generator with a frequency range covering 1 µHz to 50 MHz. At under £900, the generator achieves a new price point below that of competitors' products offering only 20 MHz or 25 MHz bandwidth.
Med-eKit wheeled out by Rigel
A trolley case-based biomed field service kit used for the rapid testing of electrical safety and operation of medical devices and equipment used in hospitals, operating theatres and other facilities is now available from Rigel Medical.
Agilent's Target Enrichment System Supports Barcoding and Indexing to Speed Sequencing, Reduce Sequencing Costs Up to 16-Fold
Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that its Agilent SureSelect Target Enrichment System supports multiplexed DNA sequencing of 12 to 16 samples per lane depending on the next-generation sequencing platform, reducing costs and increasing throughput up to 16-fold.
GL Announces Enhanced Wireless Analysis and Emulation Software
GL Communications Inc. announced today the release of enhanced Wireless Analysis and Emulation software – These tools are used for emulation and analysis of traffic at the A-bis interface (BTS to BSC links), and A-ter interface (BSC to MSC links) in the wireless network infrastructure. Speaking to the press, Mr. Karthik Ramalingam, development manager, said, "TRAU (Transcoder/Rate Adapter Unit) frames between the A-bis interface (BTS to BSC links), and A-ter interface (BSC to MSC links) perform the function of compression/decompression of speech channels within the radio cellular network. TRAU frames carry speech, data, and O&M information at full rate or half (8/16 kbps) rate and control information, over T1/E1 in a GSM network". He added, "To reduce bandwidth requirements on the BTS-BSC and BSC-MSC interface, service providers use transcoders or voice compression technology - known as TRAU, or Transcoder/Rate Adapter Unit. TRAU frames between the BTS and BSC/MSC carry compressed spee
Automated deposition and inspection: Bringing conformal coating into the production line
As demand for increasing quality, lifetime and environmental resilience is placed on electronics PCBs in greater volume and wider applications, conformal coating is now typically a standard process rather than an exotic special treatment. It must therefore deliver its full protection potential without compromising mainstream PCB assembly throughput or quality. Andy Bonner of YESTech Europe looks at how techniques drawn from AOI/AXI inspection experience, coupled with automated selective coating, ensure that this happens.
R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester provides new features for maximum flexibility in development and production
At the Mobile World Congress 2010, Rohde & Schwarz unveiled an extensive package of new features for the R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication tester launched in 2009. All the new features are aimed at delivering maximum flexibility for the mobile radio industry. The R&S CMW500 provides precisely what the customer needs, whether it is RF tests in signaling mode for CDMA2000® (1xRTT and 1xEV-DO), WiMAXTM and GSM, or measurements for implementing a smooth handover between LTE and WCDMA or LTE and CDMA2000®. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz has already successfully carried out initial RF and protocol tests for LTE TDD. Featuring a wide frequency range of up to 6 GHz, the R&S CMW500 offers maximum safety of investment.
Agilent Technologies' Automated DisplayPort Compliance Test Solution Supports ROHM's DisplayPort Rx LSI
Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that its DisplayPort compliance test solution supports automated testing of the ROHM's Receiver (Rx) IP cores for DisplayPort. The new Agilent test solution increases productivity and efficiency, and gives confidence and accuracy for chipset testing. ROHM is a manufacturer of electronic components, transistors and diodes, ICs and other semiconductor products.
Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's First Single-Box Analyzer/Curve Tracer For 40-Amps/3000-Volt Power Device Evaluation
Agilent Technologies Inc today introduced enhancements to the B1505A Power Device Analyzer/Curve Tracer to make it the industry's first single-box solution able to characterize semiconductor devices up to 40 amps and 3000 volts.
LeCroy Introduces 4 Channel 30 GHz or 8 Channel 16 GHz Real-Time Oscilloscope Solution
LeCroy Corporation has extended the power of its WaveMaster 830 Zi 30 GHz real-time oscilloscope by providing a simple and fast method to combine two oscilloscopes and provide 4 channels at 30 GHz. This solution is ideal for measurement and analysis of 28 to 56 Gb/s IQ modulated signals where ultra-high real-time bandwidth and four channels is required, or for capture and detailed analysis of other leading edge technologies. The solution is enabled with the Zi-8CH-SYNCH Oscilloscope Synchronization Kit, which is compatible with all WaveMaster 8 Zi models, so it may be used to create four channel data captures from 20 GHz to 30 GHz or eight channel data captures from 4 GHz to 16 GHz.
LeCroy - SierraFC M8-4 8G Fibre Channel Protocol Analysis Platform
LeCroy Corporation, a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, has expanded its presence in the storage system and SAN development tools markets with the introduction of the SierraFC M8-4, a Fibre Channel 8 Gb/s protocol analyzer. The SierraFC M8-4 is the latest addition to LeCroy's industry-leading Sierra family of powerful storage protocol analyzer products. Highly portable as stand-alone test systems, the flexible family of Sierra products can also be linked together in cascade configurations to provide additional recording channel capacity or to enable simultaneous capture of mixed protocol streams. Operating at 1, 2, 4 and 8 Gb/s FC signaling rates, available with 4 or 8 GB of recording memory, and either 2 or 4 recording channels, SierraFC offers world-class protocol analysis capability at price points that are within reach of every budget.
Verizon Wireless chooses Rohde & Schwarz to provide testing solutions for the certification of LTE devices
Verizon Wireless announced today that the company has selected Rohde & Schwarz as a provider of testing solutions for the certification of devices that will operate on the nationwide 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network Verizon Wireless is building on the Upper 700 MHz C-Block spectrum. Rohde & Schwarz will provide test platform solutions which include system simulators, channel simulators and software for automation. Any person or organization considering offering devices on the upcoming Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network can use these tools in preparation for device certification by independent labs.
Samsung using test equipment from Rohde & Schwarz to produce USB modems for world's first commercial LTE networks
Samsung, the Korean electronics manufacturer, is the first company worldwide to deliver USB modems for commercial LTE networks. To meet its production standards, the company is using test equipment from Rohde & Schwarz.
Keithley's Ultra-Fast Current-Voltage System Combines Three Essential Characterization Capabilities in One Chassis
Keithley Instruments introduced the Model 4225-PMU Ultra Fast I-V Module, the latest addition to the growing range of instrumentation options for the Model 4200-SCS Semiconductor Characterization System. It integrates ultra-fast voltage waveform generation and current/voltage measurement capabilities into the Model 4200-SCS's already powerful test environment to deliver the industry's broadest dynamic range of voltage, current, and rise/fall/pulse times, expanding the system's materials, device, and process characterization potential dramatically.
Free Keithley Online Seminar Explores Phase Change Memory Measurement Techniques
Keithley Instruments will broadcast a free, web-based seminar titled "Phase Change Memory: Fundamentals and Measurement Techniques" on Thursday, February 25, 2010.
Current sensors add very high-current measurements to Yokogawa precision power meters
A range of current sensors is now available that allows the Yokogawa family of precision power meters to be used for measuring very high currents. Developed and manufactured by Hitec Power Protection of Almelo, The Netherlands, the new Zero-Flux current sensors allow the precise measurement of currents up to several thousands of amperes - including simultaneous measurement of AC and DC currents - while also providing accurate phase-shift information.
NI FlexRIO Product Family Adds PXI Express Capabilities to FPGA-Enabled Instruments
National Instruments has announced the expansion of its NI FlexRIO product line with a new offering of NI FlexRIO FPGA modules for PXI Express and a new baseband transceiver adapter module. These new products deliver optimised solutions for high-speed signal processing and other automated test and measurement applications. They also represent the industry's first commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution with the flexibility of NI LabVIEW FPGA technology and high-speed, reconfigurable I/O (RIO) for PXI and PXI Express systems.
Intepro Unveils New LXI Compatible controller at Aerospace Testing 2010
Intepro Systems will be exhibiting at The Aerospace Testing 2010 trade show in Hamburg from 18-20 May. Intepro supplies users worldwide with ATE systems to test power electronics used in a wide range of applications. Intepro Systems' knowledge and expertise in moving and measuring power makes their products unrivalled for production testing, ESS screening, repair and characterisation of power components and sub assemblies used across all industries.
Aeroflex Delivers TM500 Test Mobile to China Academy of Telecommunications Research for TD-LTE Trials
Aeroflex announced that it has delivered a TM500 Time Division Duplex-Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) Test Mobile test system to the China Academy of Telecommunications Research (CATR). The TM500 will support CATR's ongoing TD-LTE technology trials conducted by leading Chinese and international network equipment vendors. The TM500 Test Mobile is installed at the MTNet laboratory in Beijing.
Anritsu Company Introduces 12-Port 70 GHz VNA System That Conducts High Accuracy Signal Integrity Measurements
Anritsu Company introduces a scalable 12-port, 70 GHz measurement system based on its award-winning VectorStar broadband vector network analyzer (VNA) that can conduct highly accurate signal integrity measurements. Combining the VNA with advanced microwave technologies and dedicated software in a single system, the 12-port 70 GHz system can provide accurate and precise multi-port balanced differential and mixed-mode measurements required for today's high-speed bus designs.
Anritsu Corporation and Altair Semiconductor to Offer Advanced LTE Solutions
Anritsu Corporation, a leading manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, today announced a joint demonstration with Altair Semiconductor, a 4G chip company developing the world's most advanced mobile semiconductors for handheld devices, focused on the development of LTE solutions.
Anritsu to Demonstrate LTE Tester Using LG Device at MWC
Anritsu Corporation is to give a demonstration of its LTE tester using LG Electronics' (LG) LTE USB Modem at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, which is being held from February 15 to 18, 2010.
LTE demonstration with a Samsung device at MWC
Anritsu Corporation announced its demonstration with the Samsung Electronics LTE USB Modem at Barcelona Mobile World Congress (MWC) from the 15th to 18th February 2010.
Sierra Wireless to Demonstrate Dual-Carrier HSPA Evolution Modem Performance Using Anritsu HSPA Solution at Mobile World Congress
Anritsu Corporation announces that its MD8480C Signaling Tester with Dual-Carrier HSPA Evolution support has been selected by Sierra Wireless to demonstrate performance of the Sierra Wireless AirCard® 312U mobile broadband modem at Mobile World Congress (MWC). The demonstration is showcased at the Anritsu stand 1B31 during MWC, held in Barcelona, February 15-18.
Anritsu’s ME7873L LTE RF Conformance Test System Achieves R&TTE verification
Anritsu Corporation announced that its ME7873L LTE RF Conformance Test System has become the first in the world to provide independently verified European Radio equipment and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment (R&TTE) RF test cases for Type Approval of LTE devices.
Spirent Intros New Testing & Monitoring Solution for Mobile Backhaul
Spirent Communications plc., a leader in networks, devices and services testing, today introduced Spirent TestCenter Live, the industry's first integrated 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) live network test, diagnostics and performance monitoring solution. Deployed by several providers including a leading North American 4G wireless operator, Spirent TestCenter Live reduces operational costs, increases service quality levels of the Ethernet backhaul and helps deploy services to market faster.
Smart modular power analyser offers superior performance and accuracy
The latest smart modular power analyser from Carlo Gavazzi introduces a new performance level within the company's proven energy management range. The WM30-96 offers enhanced faster communications for building automation networks, along with superior functions such as load monitoring measurement and comprehensive alarm management; all in a compact plug-and–play modular format that streamlines installation and simplifies inventory management.
CETECOM selects Rohde & Schwarz RF Conformance Test System for LTE Testing
CETECOM, a global leader in testing, certification and consulting for the wireless industry, has selected the R&S©TS8980FTA RF Conformance Test System to be part of its arsenal of LTE test equipment. The new test system from Rohde & Schwarz, a leading international manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, will help CETECOM support certification testing of mobile devices based on LTE technology. A massive rollout of LTE networks is predicted in 2010 and CETECOM has taken this step to ensure it has the full range of capabilities needed to provide cost-effective and efficient testing for certification programs in all major market regions.
Agilent Technologies Affirms LTE Test Leadership
Agilent Technologies has announced its ongoing commitment to LTE and other emerging 4G solutions. Agilent LTE test solutions include design simulation software with connected solutions for in-depth simulation; cross-domain test capabilities for digital to RF architectures (DigRF v4); base station (eNodeB) test; real-time eNodeB testing; and, signal generation and analysis solutions for early module test including FDD, TD-LTE and MIMO.