Test & Measurement

Test and measurement equipment underpins the product design process, enabling engineers to verify their design is working in the way they want. If not, these essential devices help them to find out where the problems lie.

In this section, New Electronics keeps design engineers up to date with the Test and Measurement market, bringing a range of information about the products and their application.

Industry’s first PXI express DMM for more accurate, smarter test systems

National Instruments (NI) has released the NI PXIe-4081 7½-digit high-performance Digital Multimeter (DMM) and 1.8MS/s isolated digitiser. The NI PXIe-4081 is said to offer engineers the flexibility, resolution and isolation needed to tackle challenging applications that require smarter test systems in industries ranging from consumer electronics to aerospace and defence.

Performance oscilloscope probes tackle smaller, faster designs

Tektronix has introduced the P7700 series of TriMode probes for use with Tektronix performance oscilloscopes. Claimed to offer up to 20GHz bandwidth, the probes are said to ease the challenges designers face when debugging circuits found in the latest mobile and enterprise designs by minimising probe loading, improving access to smaller, more-densely packed test locations and lowering overall cost of ownership.

Time-of-flight ranging sensor revolutionises mobile-camera performance

STMicroelectronics has released its second-generation laser-ranging sensor based on its FlightSense technology. It is claimed that the VL53L0 can range faster over longer distances and more accurately, improving smartphone and tablet camera performance and opening new possibilities and features in robotics, user detection, drones, IoT, and wearables.

New handheld process calibrators

Yokogawa has introduced a family of three new handheld process calibrators. The CA300 Series features high accuracy and stability and each model incorporates a dedicated range of functions for loop diagnosis, thermocouple simulation and RTD (resistance temperature detector) simulation, respectively.

Handheld spectrum analysis for field and lab use

Rohde & Schwarz has released the R&S Spectrum Rider, a handheld spectrum analyser featuring low weight and long battery life. It is claimed to offer solid RF performance with sensitivity of -160dBm and measurement accuracy of typically 0.5dB between 10MHz and 3GHz and a frequency range from 5kHz to 2GHz, which can be extended up to 4GHz with a key code.

50GHz vector signal analyser in PXI format

Keysight Technologies has launched a 50GHz frequency extension to the M9393A PXIe performance vector signal analyser (VSA). According to the company, the move provides frequency coverage previously unseen in modular instrumentation.

Industry’s lowest drift bandgap voltage reference

Linear has announced the LT6657, a range of ultra-stable bandgap voltage references that is said to exhibit less than 1.5ppm/°C of temperature drift. The LT6657 is also claimed to have 0.5ppmp-p of low frequency noise, less than 30ppm of long term drift and 35ppm of thermal hysteresis.

Latest MULTI IDE for Linux debugging software released

Green Hills Software has announced the latest release of its MULTI Integrated Development Environment for Linux. With this release, Green Hills Software continues to evolve its software development suite with features designed to increase developer productivity and speed time-to-market.

Yokogawa launches enhanced power meter

Yokogawa has introduced an enhanced version of its WT300 Series of compact digital power meters, said to feature higher accuracy, new measurement functionality and improved connectivity including Modbus/TCP capability to aid integration into production environments.

'Best-in-class' two and four-port VNAs

Anritsu has expanded its ShockLine range of vector network analysers (VNAs) with the introduction of the Performance ShockLine MS46500B series. Said to deliver best-in-class dynamic range and maximum output power, the MS46500B is suited to designing and manufacturing mobile network equipment, mobile devices, automotive cables, high-speed data interconnects and system integration components.

Advanced wireless testing capability

Anritsu has announced the MT8821C, a radio communication analyser for research and development testing of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and M2M modules, with the capability for supporting LTE-Advanced.

New multi-band PIM analyser

Link Microtek is making available a new PIM analyser that can measure the passive intermodulation (PIM) distortion of a device over four different frequency bands in a single pass, eliminating the need to connect/disconnect the DUT (device under test) to a separate instrument for each band. As a result there is a major reduction in the overall test time and a significant increase in test throughput.

NI unveils first Intel Xeon-based PXI embedded controller

National Instruments has announced the NI PXIe-8880 controller based on the Intel Xeon processor, and the NI PXIe-1085 chassis, which is the first chassis to use PCI Express Gen 3 technology. The combination of the eight-core, server-class Intel Xeon processor E5-2618L v3 and full system bandwidth of 24 GB/s delivers enhanced levels of performance for computationally intensive and highly parallel applications such as wireless test, semiconductor test and 5G prototyping.

Differential current transformer for current measurements up to 10 A

HARTING has added a differential current transformer capable of carrying out current measurements at up to 10 A to its family of current sensors for industrial applications. Specifically designed for measurements of ambient conditions in the wind energy sector, the single-piece core transformer combines high functional reliability with extremely high mechanical stability for the most demanding applications.

Compact 10.1-inch TFT features WUXGA resolution

KOE, the Industrial display manufacturer, has introduced a new 10.1-inch TFT display module featuring WUXGA (1920 x 1200 pixels) resolution. The TX26D202VM0BAA has a pixel pitch of 0.11325mm (w) x 0.11325mm (h), which equates to a pixel density of 224ppi (pixels per inch).

Anritsu introduces ShockLine 1-port USB VNAs

Anritsu Company has introduced the ShockLine MS46121A series of 1-port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs). In an extremely compact package, two models with frequency coverage of 40 MHz to 4 GHz and 150 kHz to 6 GHz are powered and controlled via a user-supplied computer to simply and cost-efficiently test cables, antennas, and other passive RF devices where 1-port measurements up to 6 GHz are required.

Network tester enhances 4G user experience

The TM500 network tester family is, according to Cobham Wireless, helping mobile operators to accelerate the deployment of high capacity networks. Already supporting key LTE-A features such as carrier aggregation of two and three component carriers, TDD/FDD carrier aggregation, and eICIC, the TM500 is now able to support Coordinated Multipoint transmission/reception (CoMP), a major feature of 3GPP LTE-A Release 11.

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