Test and Measurement

NI director: Fixed personality devices are dead

Electronic instruments designed for a single function are becoming as out-dated in industrial markets as they are in the consumer market. In that market products such as mobile phones and TVs are becoming multi-function devices defined by the software which runs on them. According to Rahman Jamal, marketing…

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NI sees design business growing fastest

NI is seeing its embedded design platform business, which includes CompactRIO, growing faster than the business as a whole. The company still derives majority of sales from its data acqusition and test product business which includes its PXIe modular instruments. The embedded design platform business was launched 10 years ago…

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Tektronix moves into PC spectrum analysers

Tektronix has released a USB 3.0-based spectrum analyser that plugs into a PC for its display and controls. Called RSA306, it has 9kHz-6.2GHz frequency range and 40MHz real time bandwidth. “As with nearly all areas of electronics design and test, requirements for RF and microwave test…

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Element 14 promotes Raspberry Pi-based scope

Farnell element14 has partnered with Australian test gear house BitScope Designs to manufacture and distribute BitScope Micro, a dual-channel digital oscilloscope for Raspberry Pi. Also working with Windows and Linux PCs, and Macs; BitScope Micro is also an eight channel logic analyser, a signal generator, clock generator and spectrum…

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Keysight Technologies: new company, new science

Ask anyone from Keysight Technologies what the ‘new’ company is about and they are likely to say “measurement science”. Keysight Technologies comes into existence this month following the decision of Agilent Technologies to separate its life sciences and test businesses, creating the new company. There is a strong awareness for…

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Rohde & Schwarz shows 5G millimetre-wave setup at Korea summit

At the 5G Global Summit, taking place in South Korea this week, Rohde & Schwarz will present details of a test setup for generating and analysing signals up to 67GHz, the millimetre wave band, as part of research for 5G mobile communications. The millimetre-wave test setup consists of the…

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Top 10 tips for buying used test equipment

Buying used instruments should definitely be on the radar of every user and purchaser of test equipment. It can offer very attractive savings on the new price, sometimes at discounts of 50-75% of the new price. Many suppliers offer remanufactured or refurbished instruments which are hard to differentiate from…

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LTE-A field tester supports carrier aggregation

Anite has added carrier aggregation and Category 6 device support to its Nemo Outdoor laptop-based drive wireless network tester. Phone network operators worldwide are testing and trialling carrier aggregation, and are launching LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks with the first phase of Cat 6 devices, using two carrier components…

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