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An Engineer's Life in 17 Memes

An Engineer's Life in 17 Memes
MATsolutions' insight:

Some light Friday reading. Do you have a favorite? Let us know. Ours is "you matter..."



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Engineering is hard, but who says it's gotta be so serious?


Vector signal analysis in an oscilloscope

Vector signal analysis in an oscilloscope
MATsolutions' insight:

This article looks at vector signals and the analysis tools needed to effectively measure them. Interesting walk-through with regards to how to consolidate and simplify the test process by using vector signal analysis to an oscilloscope.



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See how a well-appointed oscilloscope can play the role of a complete vector-modulated-signal analysis system and experimentation laboratory.



Feature Report -?Testing the Internet of Things

Feature Report -?Testing the Internet of Things
MATsolutions' insight:

As more things are becoming connected, two main challenges are ensuring quality and high security. The testing to ensure those two factors can look very different depending on the device.

This report from RCR touches on current testing approaches for the Internet of Things and puts it in the context of keeping costs in line for ROI.



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RCR takes stock of the technologies and some of the current testing approaches for the Internet of Things, as well as what IoT means for security needs and capabilities -- and puts it in the context of keeping costs in line for return on investment. 



6 famous people you may not know are engineers

6 famous people you may not know are engineers
MATsolutions' insight:

All with engineer skills, but more famous for other talents. Ranging from music and acting, to politics. Can you guess who they are? 



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We all have talents and some of those talents outshine others. Take a look at six well-known, even famous, people who have an engineer’s mind and skills, but who have been acclaimed for talents other than engineering. 



FPGAs in instruments: what users need to know about their benefits ? and how to avoid potential dangers?

FPGAs in instruments: what users need to know about their benefits ? and how to avoid potential dangers?
MATsolutions' insight:

Interesting interview with Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager for Keysight's Internet Infrastructure Solutions team. FPGAs in instruments - the benefits and potential dangers that users need to know about.



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Vice President and General Manager for Keysight's Internet Infrastructure Solutions team, about the impact of FPGAs on instrument design and what it means for instrument users.

Mark’s group basically focuses on everything in the network infrastructure: between access interfaces into the network — typically wireless, but also wired — all the way into data centers.



World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon | EE Times

World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon | EE Times
MATsolutions' insight:

It’s quite exciting to think about the future possibilities for PAM4 data rates. What could you achieve if you had the time and the financial resources?



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PAM4, which is gaining popularity due to its ability to solve serial-data bandwidth problems, has so far been shown to transmit data at rates of 56 Gbps with 112 Gbps in the future outlook. 

At The DesignCon Technical Conference that took place recently, the fastest PAM4 signal that ever has been created was explained. The team behind it, engineers from Nokia Bell Labs, managed to achieve a PAM4 signal at 195 Gbaud.



Download Automated Test Outlook 2017?

Download Automated Test Outlook 2017?
MATsolutions' insight:

Great Wednesday read, the special edition of NI’s Test Outlook of 2017. Cofounder Dr. James Truchard reflects on the past 40 years of test and measurement, identifies trends impacting today’s test organizations and looks forward to what lies ahead.



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"The Automated Test Outlook is a comprehensive view of the key technologies and methodologies making a large impact on the test and measurement industry. One of the biggest challenges for test engineers and managers is staying current on technology trends. NI has a broad knowledge of technology trends and interacts with companies across many sectors, which gives them a unique view on the test and measurement market.



Highlights not to be missed ?from DesignCon 2017

Highlights not to be missed ?from DesignCon 2017
MATsolutions' insight:

The DesignCon Technical Conference took place recently and there were many interesting discussions not to be missed. 

The future of PAM4 signals and their standards, as well as several new product introductions from Tektronix, VirutalBEnch, National instruments are just a few examples that will get you excited.



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The DesignCon Technical Conference took place recently and there were many interesting discussions not to be missed. With more than 100 sessions, panels, and tutorials related to areas such as jitter, test and measurement, signal- and power integrity, semiconductor components and more, here are just some of the highlights.

The future of PAM4 signals and their standards, as well as several new product introductions from Tektronix, VirutalBEnch, National instruments are just a few examples that will get you excited.



Choosing the right?RF power meters and spectrum analysers

Choosing the right?RF power meters and spectrum analysers
MATsolutions' insight:

The output power of an RF or microwave system is a key determinant of its performance. Two key instruments for making field power measurements are power sensors and spectrum analysers.

There are many advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right instrument for your organization and purpose.

What is most important in your case?  



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The output power of an RF or microwave system is a key determinant of its performance. Two key instruments for making field power measurements are power sensors and spectrum analysers. There are many advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right instrument for your organization and purpose.

One advantage of spectrum analysers over power meters is the ability to measure lower power signals. You’ll also have to balance factors such as frequency- and dynamic range, accuracy, portability, durability and warm-up time.

What is most important in your case?  



Five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so in 2017

Five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so in 2017
MATsolutions' insight:

National Instruments’ annual outlook for trends impacting the test and measurement area was recently released, highlighting five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so this year.

According to the findings, the transformation of test organizations into a strategic asset will be of high priority for many electronics manufacturing companies. 



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What?s the Difference Between Jitter and Noise?

What?s the Difference Between Jitter and Noise?
MATsolutions' insight:

This article explains the root causes of jitter and noise, and how understanding these causes can help improve high-speed signal analysis.



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Though often comingled, jitter and noise are two different effects—gaining a better understanding of them can lead to more effective high-speed signal analysis.


How to Pick the Right Oscilloscope Probe

How to Pick the Right Oscilloscope Probe
MATsolutions' insight:

This article walks the reader through the most important factors to consider when choosing an oscilloscope probe, including bandwidth, attenuation ratio, and probe loading. It also reviews whether you should consider active or passive probes.

 

Looking for oscilloscope probes? Check out MATsolutions inventory on our website.



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Many probes populate the T&M market—deciding on the best option requires a good understanding of bandwidth, attenuation ratio, and loading specs.


The Digital Side of DC Power

The Digital Side of DC Power
MATsolutions' insight:

While DC power supplies are inherently analog devices - generating DC values, steps, ramps, and arbitrary waveforms - there's a job for digital, too.

 

Looking for DC power supply units? Check out MATsolutions' inventory on our website.



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Though inherently analog, today's dc power supplies have digital characteristics and resemble HP's "One-Box Solution" supplies from the 1980s.


Nano-chimneys in graphene material may cool circuits

Nano-chimneys in graphene material may cool circuits
MATsolutions' insight:

Tackling heat retention in next-generation nano-electronics.



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Putting a cone-like ‘chimney’ between graphene and carbon nanotubes may be all that is required to eliminate a barrier that blocks heat from escaping, according to Rice University scientists. The theory offers a strategy to channel heat away from next-generation nanoelectronics.


The 11 Best Tech Gadgets We?ve Seen at CES So Far

The 11 Best Tech Gadgets We?ve Seen at CES So Far
MATsolutions' insight:

#CES2017 - gadgets!



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So many things we want!

A Cal is a Cal -- Or Is It?

A Cal is a Cal -- Or Is It?
MATsolutions' insight:

Measurement accuracy, traceability, standard compliance and accreditation - all factors in choosing a qualified calibration service provider. Question? Contact us.



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Despite what you may hear, not all calibrations are equal. Watch this 3-minute video to become an informed consumer of calibration services.



TU Delft Team Wins International Solar Car Challenge

TU Delft Team Wins International Solar Car Challenge
MATsolutions' insight:

Dutch student team sets a new world record with their Nuna 8S.


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Dutch student team sets a new world record with their Nuna 8S.

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