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Software Design Tools

July 25, 2011 10:50 am | Comments

Question : How can effective use of software design tools improve the product development cycle and help the designer engineer get it right the first time? By: Frank Liu, Communications and Electronics Industry Marketing, MathWorks Successful product development teams are made up of engineers who can span multiple application domains and multiple design phases.

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Palmer Wahl Introduces the C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator

July 20, 2011 8:39 am | Comments

The ergonomically designed Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator features unique built in “easy connect” terminals, portable and bench top flexibility, and easy to use intuitive embedded software. Fully protected with an external anti-shock rubber boot with IP 54 rating, it features five user-selectable languages,0.005% accuracy over 1 year, NIST traceability, and HART transmitter compatibility.

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Art and Technology

July 20, 2011 7:21 am | Comments

 I must admit I am still surprised when I see technical people dismiss art as useless. Art is not only a pleasant esthetic, it is often essential to design. A recent online discussion about a pair of antique “singing bird” pistol-shaped music boxes reminded me of the issue. These devices not only had insanely complex bellows-and-gears works to accomplish the “singing bird” part, but in addition the “pistols” were inlaid with just about every precious thing you could cut and glue to something.

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Customizing COTS Testing Systems

July 12, 2011 8:07 am | Comments

Turning Off-the-Shelf Components into an Application-Specific, Total Data Acquisition Solution By definition, the off-the-shelf modular instruments (VME, PXI, VXI, CompactPCI, PCI, etc.) used to create automated test and measurement systems are designed to be general purpose, programmable, and flexible enough to handle a variety of input ranges and types, speeds, and functions.

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Three Terminal Filter Capacitors Simplify Designs, Reduce Component Counts

July 12, 2011 7:43 am | by Ron Demcko, Application Engineering Manager at AVX Corp | Comments

It is worthwhile to take some time and look at the role a three terminal FeedThru capacitor filter can play in today’s designs. Three terminal capacitors are now broadly accepted in designs ranging from satellites to cell phones, automobiles to SMART grid controllers.

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Amplifier Test Software Simplifies Test and Certification of RF Amplifiers

July 6, 2011 11:25 am | Comments

Boonton has launched “Amplifier Test Bench”, a new software package that simplifies test and certification of RF Amplifiers. Amplifier Test Bench supports analysis of pulsed and linear amplifiers; furthermore it measures gain over frequency and gain over input power. The software supports both fast Boonton peak power meters 4540 and 4500B and a variety of standard generators.

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Performance of LEDs

July 6, 2011 9:09 am | Comments

Question : How can today’s LEDs be improved to provide better performance (brighter, longer life) while at the same time lowering energy consumption? By: Brian Witzen Sr. Field Technical Manager  Sharp In commercial buildings, lighting accounts for a substantial portion of the energy budget and total energy cost.

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CCI Solves Crucial Cell Site Interference Issues with Latest Analyzer Solutions

July 5, 2011 8:53 am | Comments

Leading provider of wireless base station enhancement products, Communications Components Inc. (CCI), has now launched its PiMPro family of analyzers in EMEA, which enable mobile network operators (MNOs) to remove the adverse affects of Passive Intermodulation (PIM) – a form of interference - from their networks, and prevent it from damaging quality of service (QoS) and customer experience.

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New Measurement Solution For Optical Transmitter Compliance Testing Offers the Highest Bandwidth Optical Waveform Analysis and Increased Accuracy

June 29, 2011 11:12 am | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced a new measurement solution for optical transmitter compliance testing on the Agilent 86100D digital communications analyzer. The solution offers the industry’s highest bandwidth optical waveform analysis and increased accuracy. The DCA provides a new approach, known as system impulse response correction, or SIRC, which enables multimode optical receivers with bandwidths in excess of 25 GHz and single-mode receivers with near 100-GHz bandwidths.

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Military Electronics: Improvements in Network Technology

June 29, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

Question: What types of improvements need to be made in network technology/architecture that can provide improved performance and capabilities in military applications? By: Mukesh Kumar, Multicore DSP Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments With the Department of Defense taking a more net-centric approach to communications, the focus is on the implementation of the Global Information Grid (GIG) project.

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Increasing Complexity of Devices Under Test (DUTs) - Boom or Doom for the Test Engineer

June 27, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Frost & Sullivan's Industry Director Jessy Cavazos and Industry Analyst Prathima Bommakanti, along with guest speaker Matthew Friedman, Senior Product Manager for Automated Test at National Instruments, have completed extensive analysis on the electronic test equipment market. The experts will lead a short teleconference about new findings that affect the market, followed by a live question-and-answer session.

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The Brainstorm - Data Security

June 20, 2011 11:02 am | Comments

The Question: "The constant movement of data increases a company’s exposure to the risk of data loss. What type of solutions can help cost effectively identify and protect an organization’s critical data from internal and external threats?"  By Will Aguilar, Director, Product Management for Wireless, Enterasys Networks The growth of mobile devices in the enterprise has been explosive and drives end-users’ expectation they will be able to access business services anywhere, anytime in the office, campus, or remotely.

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Field-to-Lab Testing Equals Better Real-World Performance for Mobile Devices

May 13, 2011 11:15 am | Comments

This case study will describe an application of the Azimuth Systems Field-to-Lab (FTL) Solution by a market-leading handset manufacturer. Real-world drive testing is very expensive; lab testing is much less expensive and faster -- provided that the real world can be emulated with sufficient fidelity.

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Will Femtocells or Wi-Fi Save Mobile Networks from the Data Deluge?

May 12, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

People love their smartphones. The convenience of having access to the Internet anywhere and at any time is extremely compelling. In an effort to stoke the fires of demand, the industry is actively improving the offerings. For example, new smartphones now have stunningly high resolution screens to make it more compelling for people to watch videos – and consume mobile data.

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RF/IF Amplifiers and VGAs Cover The Entire Signal Chain

May 12, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

By Ashraf Elghamrawi, Analog Devices ( www.analog.com ) The amplifier is one of the most versatile building blocks used in RF/IF signal chains today. They are commonly used throughout designs to overcome signal losses incurred from passive mixers, filters, baluns, and other passive elements. Since these losses occur across the entire signal chain five main families of amplifiers have been developed by Analog Devices.

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