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April 28, 2011
 
Wet chemistry
Continuing my adventures in repairing obsolescent test instruments, this month I tackled two from Tektronix: a Model 1500 TDR (time-domain reflectometer) and a Model 212 "brick" oscilloscope. Both were designed for portable operation and included neglected and leaking nickel-cadmium battery packs. More
 
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Your Flexible Test Solution from Aeroflex
The 5800 multi-strategy test system features analog and digital functional test capabilities, seamlessly integrated with PXI modules to give a single unit solution that meets most test requirements from MDA board level test to End of Line unit test.
 
The 700-MHz problem
Once again, US rural and urban service wireless providers find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict that can determine how well LTE rolls out in their respective markets. This time, it's about operating frequency. It seems that the various 700 MHz-bands won't readily interoperate. More
 
ESC: featuring test, awards, and a dino
Mark your calendars: ESC Silicon Valley kicks off May 2 in San Jose. You'll get a look at embedded intelligence ca. 66 million BC in the form of Samson, one of the largest known tyrannosaurus rex specimens in existence. Test highlights include Test & Measurement World's annual awards event, where we'll present the Best in Test awards. More
 
Test Ideas: Condition thermocouples before digitizing
With a few components, you can build your own signal-conditioning circuit and adapt that circuit to any thermocouple. More
 
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Oscilloscope + Recorder = ScopeCorder
A ScopeCorder is an instrument used to test electro-mechanical systems. It combines the advantages of an oscilloscope and a DAQ recorder into a single, versatile measurement and analysis tool. Modular inputs, high channel count, isolated.
 
Survey: seeking your views on traditional and modular instruments
Frost & Sullivan is partnering with Test & Measurement World to conduct a survey on the use of both traditional and modular test instruments. Anyone associated with test and measurement equipment is invited to participate. The survey findings will provide a better understanding of the direction in which the industry is heading. More
 
National Instruments and Tektronix collaborate on high-performance PXI digitizers
NI's new PXIe-5186 digitizer offers a 5-GHz bandwidth and a 12.5-Gsamples/s sampling rate. More
 
Ametek's programmable supply delivers 1500 W
Housed in a 1U form factor, the Sorensen XG 1500 from Ametek is a 1500-W programmable DC power supply for ATE, OEM, burn-in, and R&D applications. More
 
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Attn: Test & Measurement Professionals
Spend a day with industry experts and learn the latest troubleshooting techniques on Tektronix’s world-class oscilloscopes. This one-day free seminar will help you be more efficient with debug and analysis. Coming in May to Chicago, Boston & Somerset, NJ. Space is filling up fast so Register Today!
 
Multi-Contact scope probe integrates high-pass filter
With its built-in high-pass filter, the Isoprobe III HP oscilloscope probe from Multi-Contact suppresses low-frequency signals by as much as 40 dB without distorting high frequencies. More
 
TTi 3-GHz counter offers TCXO timebase, USB control
Thurlby Thandar Instruments has launched the TF930, a universal frequency counter with a frequency range from 0.001 Hz to 3000 MHz and with a USB interface for remote control and read-back. More
 
Self-testing chips; Ensure high IC yield; More
Check out our April issue to learn how engineers at PLX Technology design chips that almost test themselves. Another feature explains how you can use layout-aware diagnostics to improve IC yield and quality. The issue also includes the Machine-Vision & Inspection Test Report. More
 
Industry calendar of events
Upcoming events include the Embedded Systems Conference (May), Sensors Expo (June), and the Design Automation Conference (June). For more information about these and other test-related events, visit our online calendar. More
 
 
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