Test & Measurement News

Novel downconverter design for fast scopes

There are technical challenges involved with the architecture of the frequency interleaving that has been used to date in gigahertz bandwidth oscilloscopes, writes Dean Miles of Tektronix. Rising data communication rates are driving the need for very high bandwidth real-time oscilloscopes in the range of 60GHz-70GHz. These instruments…

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Test market sees trend for modular instruments

The market for test and measurements had revenues of $3.18bn in 2014, according to market watcher Frost & Sullivan, with growth for suppliers of modular instruments. It estimates the test market will reach $3.87bn in 2019 at a compound annual growth rate of 4%. Growing demand for the…

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IDT opens HPAC lab

IDT has launched a HPAC lab (Open High-Performance Analytics and Computing) which it says will address the real-time application needs of enterprise and cloud computing end users. The lab supports heterogeneous processing technologies from  CPU and accelerator vendors who are connecting their hardware to IDT’s portfolio of…

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NI Automated Test Summit: PXI looks good for 5G

Modular instruments connected by the PXI bus now represent the fastest growing off the overall test and measurement market, says National Instruments executive Abhay Samant. Speaking today at the National Instruments Automated Test Summit in Reading, Samant said the reason for this growth was PXI’s ability to scale upwards…

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Electro Rent targets UK growth with local office

Electro Rent, the test instrument rental and lease firm, is opening a new UK sales office in London. The company, which has been operating in the UK for 10 years, said it had opened the office to provide local customer support and to drive future expansion in the market. The…

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Five reasons why EMC testing should start early

You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates little energy and is not susceptible to outside interference, yet when you reach final EMC testing stage, your product fails. This is the nightmare scenario for most of us product designers. The cost of…

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Small cells are coming and they need to be tested

One of the most noticeable trends in the mobile world in recent years is the advent of ‘small cells’. Small cells (a term which encompasses femto-, pico- and microcells) have become increasingly popular in larger enterprises, shopping malls and airports, where there is demand for 2G, 3G and LTE mobile…

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Preaching the potential of PXI

Richard Wilson discovered why interest in PXI-based modular test systems is growing, during a visit to the National Electronics Week exhibition PXI modular test system suppliers were attempting, and probably succeeding in, a takeover of the National Electronics Week exhibition in Birmingham last week. The exhibition had an area…

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