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A Crystal Ball for 2009

A Crystal Ball for 2009 What can we expect in automated electronics test in this troubled year? What trends will continue, and which will be derailed by other "economic" considerations? This overview from the National Instruments Web site looks at the current trends that demand efficient test and presents the author's assessment. It suggests that we can expect more software-based instrumentation and more parallel testing to reduce costs. Certain areas will continue to grow. Wireless testing and protocol testing will expand despite budgetary challenges. Interested readers can also access case studies and other support material directly from the article.

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The Return of E&I
Electronics & Innovation Ltd.

The Return of E&I Sometimes the sequel is better than the original!

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National's Audio Solutions Available from Digi-Key
Digi-Key Corporation

New Pressure Sensor Solution Starting at €97 National's high-performance series brings dramatically improved sound quality to high-fidelity consumer and professional audio equipment. National manufactures Class AB and Class D amplifiers and audio subsystems for speakers, headphones, and ceramic and piezoelectric speakers. National makes it easier to design better, richer-sounding systems with our acclaimed Boomer® and Overture® lines. With the capability to process an order, from order entry to shipping, in as little as 15 mins., Digi-Key processes more than 99% of its orders the same day.

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O-scopes and Jitter Software: Convenience

O-scopes and Jitter Software: Convenience Testing the equipment that carries information transfers has become more difficult. Factors such as jitter are suddenly center stage. Comprehensive testing using a bit-error-rate tester (BERT) is excruciatingly slow. This article describes a software-based approach that takes advantage of an instrument you already own.

Measurements Accommodate Broadband

Measurements Accommodate Broadband Rapid migration to broadband communication complicates testing the infrastructure required to carry or process it. Signals once measured reliably by a spectrum analyzer now defy the simple approach. This High Frequency Electronics article traces the evolution of broadband signals, describes the accompanying test challenges, and offers practical solutions.

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Standardizing the Future

Standardizing the Future The adoption of boundary scan standard IEEE 1149.1 offers a window into the internal workings of boards and systems. It addressed many situations, yet some designs reside outside its venue. This item in Test & Measurement World describes extending the standard to encompass more of the daily test challenges facing engineers.

Aim Right the First Time

Aim Right the First Time Electro-optical systems require extremely precise measurement to ensure proper system function and that the optical components are aimed correctly. Normal system operation may include multiple focal paths and wavelengths and other complications. This article describes practical techniques to reduce measurement time and cost.

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Over a Century of Thermal Processing Technology Experience
Despatch Industries

Over a Century of Thermal Processing Technology Experience Whether your process requires a standard laboratory oven or a complex infrared furnace, Despatch equipment provides superior optimization, tight temperature tolerances, and consistent, repeatable results. The world's top manufacturers rely on Despatch for high-quality products and innovative solutions to give them a competitive edge.

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Inspection Demand Pressures Vision Suppliers

Inspection Demand Pressures Vision Suppliers The increasing functionality of electronic components and budgetary constraints are changing vision system demands. Companies including inspection in their test strategies are demanding more of their inspection systems. The vision systems must have more capability and must withstand the bumps and grinds of daily operation.

What Kind of Inspection?

What Kind of Inspection? The relationship between automated optical and X-ray inspection remains dynamic as circuits under inspection have evolved. Numerous articles have suggested where to draw the line, but movement is continuous. This article offers an opportunity to assess the current status of two techniques and tells how to use them to advantage.

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Applying In-circuit Test to Today's Boards

Applying In-circuit Test to Today's Boards The death of in-circuit testing has been greatly exaggerated. While many test engineers would like to escape its challenges, it still finds defects in boards that can easily elude other techniques. This piece from Circuits Assembly describes some practical approaches for taking the best advantage of this time-honored tool.

New Devices Tax ATE Capabilities

New Devices Tax ATE Capabilities An old adage in the test industry maintains that your test equipment will always remain one generation behind the devices, boards, and systems that it is required to test. Even more current today, this piece addresses the challenges that multiple-input/multiple-output devices present to device testers that must ensure they work.

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Customers Name CHRocodile the Economical Choice
Precitec, Inc.

Customers Name CHRocodile the Economical Choice Ease-of-use, quality, and speed make CHRocodile sensors the economical choice in measurement. Whether it is thickness, topography, or surface profiles you need measured, listen to what our customers have to say: "the CHRocodile takes better quality data much more rapidly." Contact heidio@precitec.com for more information.

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