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Mar 14, 2017

Keysight Moves to Software Focus, But it Should Own the IoT3

Many test-and-measurement companies have been sensing and helping analyze data for decades. That’s a fundamental aim of the IoT, and these firms....More
Feb 22, 2017

Clear PAM-4 Signals at DesignCon 2017

The path toward PAM-4 for 56-Gb/s channels and 400-Gb/s Ethernet is opening up, driven by multidimensional packaging and the need to optimize the....More
Sep 30, 2016

DOT Raises Specter of Autonomous Vehicle Tech Pre-Approval9

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy fills a need for government oversight of this rapidly evolving technology, but is pre-market approval going too....More
Sep 06, 2016

10 Scopes for Under $1,50011

Plenty of oscilloscopes that come in under $1,500 are available to get your workbench started, but which one is the best? Well, it depends....More
Aug 04, 2016

Simplifying Device R&D and Basic System Test

The pervasiveness of electronics means it’s critical to simplify test equipment so that beginners and professional users alike can get fast “time to....More
Jul 13, 2016

NI’s 2nd-Gen VST Simplifies Scalable RF Test1

National Instruments will use NIWeek 2016 to demonstrate its new PXIe-5840 VST, featuring 1-GHz bandwidth and a much more powerful Virtex-7 FPGA....More
May 31, 2016

3-in-1 Arbitrary Waveform Generator Joins IoT Fray1

If a product debuted in 2016 and it didn’t have a tie to the Internet of Things, did it ever really debut? This variation of the tree falling in the....More
May 03, 2016

Interactive Apps Give Standard Test Equipment a Facelift1

The Keithley IVy app for the 2600B source measure unit (SMU) is a hands-on useful app that delivers a new look and mode of operation to a standard....More
Apr 12, 2016

Low(er)-Cost Test Makes WiGig Even More Attractive1

WiGig’s 7-Gb/s throughput in the 60-GHz region has flirted with reality since at least 2007, but the emergence of ICs, modules, full end-equipment....More
Mar 25, 2016

1-GHz IsoVu Leads Tektronix Probe Performance/Usability Charge at APEC1

Tektronix extends state of the art in probe design with the IsoVu 1-GHz electro-optical, galvanically isolated system and the TriMode P7700 probes,....More
Mar 03, 2016

Smart NI Shows How to Make Money Off Non-Existent 5G2

I used to think it was hard to make money off something that doesn’t exist, until I spoke with Eric Starkloff, National Instruments’ executive vice....More
Feb 17, 2016

10 Reasons to Lease versus Buying Test Equipment3

Shorter design cycles, good deals, more pervasive application of electronics, and increasing performance requirements are just some of reasons to....More
Feb 09, 2016

HDA125 Mixed-Signal Probe Tackles Real-World Test Issues1

While it’s definitely “nice” that the new HDA125 digital analyzer from Teledyne LeCroy zips along at 12.5 GSamples/s on 18 input channels, a closer....More
Feb 04, 2016

Q&A: Tektronix CEO Pat Byrne on New Application Focus6

Tektronix took thousands of inputs to refine its new game plan to address test and measurement needs from an application-centric perspective—and its....More
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Jan 26, 2017
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An Amateur’s View on the P2 (Part 2): Slew Rate and the Oscillator 3

Justin Mamaradlo takes a further look into the P2 op amp and how it functions, analyzing the oscillation and slew-rate characteristics of the venerable component....More
Jul 15, 2016
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Simple Yet Effective ESD Testing Methods for Higher Reliability 11

There are multiple ways to test for electrostatic discharge, ranging from implementing a human-body or machine model to....using a balloon and a comb?...More
Apr 8, 2016
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Confabbing on the Fabless Fad 5

High capital and maintenance costs, and EDA advances along with abstractions to deal with chip complexity, have been leading contributors to the fabless migration....More

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