Test and Measurement News Roundup: X-ray Mirrors, Defining Broadband, and More

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Here are a few recent highlights:

Inventive thinking leads to improved optical measurements for better X-ray mirrors: This article discusses making tools that can measure down to the level of the nanometer. To make even better x-ray mirrors – which are already smooth down to the billionth-of-a-meter (nanometer) level – there must be tools available that can take even smaller measurements. This will require more research and development into ways to provide these tools. Read more here.

Only 25Mbps and up will qualify as broadband under new FCC definition: From 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream in 2010 to a proposed 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up this year - the recommended measurements for evaluating whether broadband capable of supporting today’s high-quality voice, data, graphics, and video is being deployed to all Americans in a timely way are changing. Head over to arstechnica to learn more about this change.

Test & Measurement Forecast: Test Instruments Just Don’t Look the Same Anymore: This overview of technology design changes shows why it’s becoming easier to understand what your scope or spectrum analyzer is telling you, and easier to take it to the measurement environment. The article covers advances in displays, documentation, instrument size, instruments that handle multiple functions, and more.

Infographic: The History of How Technology Got Smart: A quick visual history of the evolution of computers, artificial intelligence, processing power, and Internet bandwidth - all leading to the technology and equipment that we use today.

Quantum Optical Hard Drive Breakthrough: With breakthroughs in quantum information, unbreakable encryption may soon be possible. Physicists at ANU and the University of Otago are working on a quantum hard-drive prototype that has increased storage time by a factor of more than 100. The work of these scientists may lead to a secure worldwide data encryption network based on quantum information, which could be used for bank transactions and personal emails. Engineering.com has the scoop.