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EE PRODUCT PICKS


UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8 Analyzer


Anritsu has introduced the MW8209A PIM Master™ Passive Intermodulation (PIM) Analyzer that covers the 900-MHz band to ad- dress the growing need to measure PIM in E-GSM networks, including UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8. Designed for use with Anrit- su handheld analyzers, the MW8209A comes with the company’s Distance-to-PIM technology, which can de- termine if the cause of PIM


is at the base station or in the surrounding environment. Field engineers and technicians can use the MW8209A to help ensure optimum performance of UMTS Band VIII and LTE Band 8 networks by locating PIM faults before intermodulation distortion adversely affects signal trans- mission. Anritsu, www.rsleads.com/202ee-202


Digital Accelerometer


The two-axis, fully integrated MXC6226XC Acceler- ometer is based on the company‘s patented MEMS thermal technology and manufactured using a stand- ard 0.18-µm CMOS process and wafer- level packaging. It measures 1.2 mm x 1.7mm x 1.0 mm and is approximately 50% smaller than competitive offer- ings, according to the manufacturer. The small size and availability in a BGA package provide designers fl exibility for integration into


space-constrained designs.


The MXC6226XC integrates signal-conditioning cir- cuitry, including a DSP. Because the device is based on MEMSIC’s thermal accelerometer technology, it has no moving internal structures and exhibits shock survivability up to 50,000g. MEMSIC, www.rsleads.com/202ee-208


PXI Products and Enhancements


National Instruments has introduced a range of new PXI products and upgrades including the NI PXIe-8100 RT embedded controller, which incorporates the Intel® Atom™ D410 Processor. NI also debuted the NI PXIe- 8364/74 PXI Express Remote-Control Modules that make it possible for engineers to interface multiple PXI Express chassis directly to a single host computer using any expansion topology without requiring complex custom solutions. The company also announced upgraded redundant array of independent drives (RAIDs), in- cluding a new 24-TB option for the NI HDD-8265 high- speed data storage enclosure. National Instruments, www.rsleads.com/202ee-212


32 • EE • February 2012 Thermal Imager


The 2260-21 M12™ Thermal Imager, powered by the vendor’s M12 lithium-ion system, is suitable for preventative maintenance and troubleshooting applications. The tool delivers 160 x 120-pixel thermal images, includes a visual camera for standard pictures, and operates over a -10°C to 350°C temperature range. The 2260-21 comes with Thermal Imager Report software that makes analyzing im- ages and generating reports easy. Users can download images from the thermal imager with the included 2-GB SD card or USB con- nection port. By switching SD cards, users can take the tool back into the fi eld while someone else generates the report to minimize downtime. All images use the JPEG fi le format. $2,500. Milwaukee Electric Tool, www.rsleads.com/202ee-214


Component-to-System Thermal


Characterization The combination of T3Ster® hardware test products and FloTHERM® software makes up what the manu- facturer calls the electronic industry’s fi rst combined technology for thermal characterization and simulation. The T3Ster is a thermal transient tester for semiconduc- tor device packages and LEDs. The FloTHERM is the de facto standard for electronics thermal simulation and analysis to predict airfl ow, temperature, and heat transfer throughout electronics equipment, including components, boards, and entire systems. The interface between T3Ster and FloTHERM creates accurate thermal simulation models. The thermal char- acterization offering complies with JEDEC‘s JESD51-14 test method for determining junction-to-case conduc- tive thermal resistance of semiconductor devices. Mentor Graphics, www.rsleads.com/202ee-205


FM Radio Test Sets


The R&S CTH family of two portable radio test sets is designed for fast and easy testing of analog FM radios in the fi eld. Both test sets per- form frequency and power measurements on transmit- ters and receivers. The CTH200A also fi nds cable faults between the radio and the antenna and performs over-the-air measure- ments. Users can check the functionality of their radios just before they are put into operation. The compact, battery-operated 4.05“ x 7.95“ x 1.45” test sets weigh about 1.2 lb and feature an aluminum enclosure that is splashproof in accor- dance with IP54. Users simply connect the radio or antenna and press a few buttons to perform go, no-go tests. All results, settings, and status information are shown on an easy-to-read display. Rohde & Schwarz, www.rsleads.com/202ee-206


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