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Voice-recognition trouble topped the list of U.S. car problems reported for 2014 models, according to the Wall Street Journal. Drivers reported 8.3 voice-recognition problems per 100 vehicles. Joseph B. White writing in the Journal says voice control can be “extremely buggy,” and efforts to get it to work can distract drivers. The Journal report follows recent studies conducted at the University of Utah that show voice-recognition systems are distracting. “Even though your car may be configured to support social media, texting, and phone calls, it doesn’t mean it is safe...
DIGITAL EDITION NOVEMBER

WEB EXCLUSIVES

by Elizabeth Persico, Keysight Technologies* For those who’ve spent more than 15 years in and around the test equipment business, it may be hard to...

The test applications special report in our November print edition covers recent PXI and benchtop vector network and signal analyzer introductions from Copper Mountain...

Long before any of us became addicted to Amazon.com, there were actual mail-order catalogs. A devoted hobbyist would fill out an order sheet, write...

Our October print edition includes a feature article on modular systems for IC test, and our July issue included a special report on bench...

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Machine condition monitoring is a data acquisition application that also involves a degree of analysis and reporting. In addition, the overall process implies an...

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Recent vector network and signal analyzer introductions show what a significant competitor the PXI platform is becoming in the RF/microwave test arena—with applicability extending...

MAGAZINE - NOVEMBER EDITION

Designers of battery-powered medical devices require low-noise power sources as well as precision measurement capability, according to Bob Green, senior market development manager at...
IBM's boat-shaped EMC Chamber.

In the late 1980s, IBM contracted to have a 10-meter EMC semi-anechoic test chamber built at the company’s Research Triangle Park, NC, facility. Installing...

Military and aerospace companies and organizations are facing three key trends: Militaries are extending the service life of their aircraft, maintenance and sustainment test...

At Autotest 2014 held in St. Louis, more than 70 companies exhibited products and services related to MIL/Aero ATE. The Giga-tronics AXIe-based EW and...
National Insturments - Modular PXI Instruments Chassis

Boundary scan, based on IEEE Standard 1149.1 and related specifications, has become widely used to solve difficult test problems on complex PCBs. The difficulties...
Simplified auto balance circuit, Courtesy of Keysight Technologies.

The low-frequency LCR meter is the instrument of choice for many component measurements. Although manufacturers have developed different measurement techniques, fundamentally the meter compares...

Smartwatches and wireless stickers, or beacons, attached to everything may end up flooding us with too much healthcare data and marketing messages.

16-Bit, 2.5-GS/s DAC The LTC2000 is a 16-bit, 2.5-GS/s digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with spectral purity of 74 dBc SFDR at a 200-MHz output and better...