June 2014 Product Picks


Two new high-performance portable oscilloscope families include the Infiniium S‐Series with bandwidths up to 8 GHz and the InfiniiVision 6000 X-Series with bandwidths up to 6 GHz.

The Infiniium S-Series scopes have a 10-bit ADC and offer bandwidths from 500 MHz to 8 GHz with four-channel DSO models and 16-digital-channel MSO models. Each S-Series scope features comprehensive application-specific measurement software, fueled by a motherboard with 8 GB of RAM. The 15-inch multitouch capacitive display makes it easy to use and see results. 

The InfiniiVision 6000 X-Series lineup includes two- and four-channel DSO models as well as MSO models with 16 digital channels. Bandwidths range from 1 GHz to 6 GHz at a 20-GS/s sample rate. Each model weighs 6.8 kg, has a depth of 15 cm, and provides a 12.1-inch multitouch capacitive touchscreen. Agilent Technologies 







Arbitrary/Function Generators

The FG400 Series of arbitrary/function generators includes of the Model FG410 single-channel unit and the FG420 two-channel version. Each FG400 generates basic, application-specific, and arbitrary waveforms. The sine-wave frequency range is 0.01 µHz to 30 MHz. Output waveforms consist of sine, square, pulse, ramp, parameter-variable, noise (Gaussian distribution), DC, and arbitrary. The output voltage is 20-Vpp open circuit or 10-Vpp into 50 Ω. Isolated outputs allow the unit to be used in the development of floating circuits like motor drives, inverters, power supplies, and other power electronic devices. 

The FG400 function generators have the arbitrary waveform function as standard. They can generate waveforms that are acquired by the vendor’s DL850E ScopeCorder or DLM4000 Digital Oscilloscope and the XviewerLITE software (freeware). Yokogawa Test and Measurement













ESD Suppression Devices


Five new ESD suppression devices in the ESD8000 transient voltage suppressor series protect today’s most advanced interfaces. The devices achieve maximum capacitance specification of 0.35 pF and ESD clamping voltages down to 8 V at 16 A, equivalent to IEC 61000-4-2 Level 4 8-kV contact. The low capacitance nearly eliminates any degradation to the data-line signal integrity at data rates greater than 10 Gb/s, supporting emerging interfaces such as USB 3.0, USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0, and Thunderbolt. The low clamping voltage improves protection of system-level ESD testing as chipsets evolve into geometries below 20 nm, making them more sensitive to transient voltage. ON Semiconductor






Power Electronics Tester


The MicReD Industrial Power Tester 1500A enables power cycling and thermal testing of electronics components to simulate and measure lifetime performance. The 1500A tests the reliability of power electronic components that are increasingly used in industries such as automotive and transportation, including hybrid and electrical vehicles and trains, power-generation equipment and converters, and renewable energy applications such as wind turbines. The thermal testing product combines both power cycling and thermal transient measurements with structure-function analysis while providing data for real-time failure-cause diagnostics. Mentor Graphics 






Data Logger


The DI-160 event, state, and count data logger offers four programmable measurement modes. The stand-alone data logger allows you to determine when events occur, the total number of events, and the period of time between events. The DI-160 can count parts by monitoring the pulse output of a proximity sensor or determine the downtime of machinery by monitoring AC power.

Four ±300-VDC/peak-AC isolated channels accommodate high-level DC voltage signals, pulse inputs up 2 kHz, or AC line voltage. Four ±30-VDC/peak-AC nonisolated channels (pulled high) permit you to monitor lower level DC voltages, TTL-level signals, or switch closures. Included with the device is the vendor’s Event Recorder setup software. $299. DATAQ Instruments 





Portable Oscilloscope


The 190-504 Series II 500-MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope offers a 5-GS/s real-time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged instrument. The 190-504 fills the needs of professional electronic troubleshooters working on medical, communications, navigation, and military devices who need the 5-GS/s sample rate and four channels for greater accuracy and clarity of shape and amplitude of unknown waveform phenomena like transients, induced noise, and ringing or reflections.

The 504 rounds out the line of rugged ScopeMeter 190 Series II instruments that feature two or four independently insulated input channels and an IP51 dust and drip waterproof rating with models available in 500-MHz, 200-MHz, 100-MHz, or 60-MHz bandwidths. The series provides deep memory up to 10,000 samples per channel. $4,990. Fluke Corp 





16-bit, 210-MS/s ADC

The LTC2107 16-bit, 210-MS/s high-performance high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC) targets high-end communications receivers and instrumentation applications. The LTC2107 achieves 80-dB SNR performance and 98-dB spurious-free dynamic range at baseband. The digital output randomizer and alternate bit polarity mode reduce unwanted tones caused by digital feedback. The flexible digital outputs can run as full-rate CMOS for sample rates below 100 MS/s or double data rate LVDS.

The LTC2107 delivers an extensive feature set in a 7-mm x 7-mm QFN package and dissipates 1.3 W without the need for heat sinking. From $99.00 each in 1,000-piece quantities. Linear Technology 




Integrating Sphere Calibration Standard


The ISS-17-VA integrating sphere source calibration standard for spectral radiance and luminance offers a variable light-intensity output while maintaining a constant color temperature. Through spectral radiance calibration of the illumination field, the integrating sphere light source can be used as a calibration standard for comparison of imaging spectrometers as well as for spectral radiance calibration of spectral meters. In these applications, halogen lamps at 3,100K color temperature are used to ensure optimum intensity in the blue spectral range. Another desirable feature of halogen lamps as spectral radiance and luminance calibration standards is a continuous and stable luminous spectrum. Gigahertz-Optik 




L- and S-Band Amplifiers

A new portfolio of L- and S-band high-gain amplifiers covers 1.2 GHz to 1.4 GHz and 3.1 GHz to 3.5 GHz. The amplifiers specifically target commercial and military radar applications as well as observation satellites and communications systems. Six new L- and S-band high-gain amplifiers are offered in this latest release. Two of those products are low-noise amplifiers, which demonstrate noise-figure performance of 1.1 dB to 1.5 dB at high gain levels of 40 dB typical while also exhibiting excellent gain flatness. Also offered are 10-W and 20-W high-power amplifiers that have gain performance of 40 dB to 47 dB with 1.0-dB to 1.5-dB gain flatness. The vendor also is releasing an L-band driver amplifier that displays solid gain performance of 47 dB while delivering competitive gain flatness of 1.5 dB. Pasternack Enterprises 





USB 3.0 CCD Camera


The Lt665R is a new high-performance USB 3.0 CCD camera that employs the Sony EXview HAD II sensor technology. The ICX694 sensor-based Lt665R provides full-resolution frames at the maximum achievable speed. The combination of the ICX694 sensor with a fast USB 3.0 data interface delivers up to 27 fps at full 6.0-Mpixel resolution. This camera is suitable for applications where high speed, sensitivity, and resolution are critical, including traffic, tolling, ophthalmology, life sciences, metrology, high-speed inspection, machine-vision, and NIR applications. Lumenera 


AC Current Sensors

The CCT series of clamp AC current sensors is rated for up to 30 A and up to 100 A, making the sensors suitable for power-distribution panels in a variety of energy management systems. The new sensors feature a snap-on clamp design for easy installation in existing power distribution panels. The sensors have an integrated open-circuit protection element for voltage peak suppression and offer maximum output currents of 10 mA and 33.3 mA for the 30-A and 100-A types, respectively. Mass production of the CCT series began in April. TDK   




Digital Microscope


The VHX-5000 Digital Microscope integrates recent advancements in optical and digital technologies to instantly capture any area in complete focus without adjustments. The VHX Series is designed to overcome the limitations of traditional optical microscopes by providing high-resolution, large depth-of-field imaging, and integrated 2-D/3-D measurement in a system that anyone can easily pick up and operate without any specialized training. Keyence 





USB DAQ Module

The DT9844 is the company’s highest accuracy/throughput USB data-acquisition module—offering 20-bit resolution at a throughput of 1 MHz. This new design has been specially created to minimize noise and crosstalk between channels, despite the high bandwidth needed to achieve this speed/accuracy benchmark. Additionally, the design employs trisectional galvanic isolation of ±500 V between the analog portion, the digital section, and the USB connection. This isolation further prevents digital interference with precise analog signals to preserve signal integrity. Data Translation 




Vibration Table

The TCB-1.3 benchtop vibration table is suitable for reliability testing of compact products and electronics. The dual-purpose system is available in a 16-inch x 16-inch (40-cm x 40-cm) table size and may be used as a stand-alone vibration table for vibration testing or placed inside of an environmental chamber for combined vibration and temperature testing, offering customers’ flexibility and greater return on investment.

Equipped with an all-axis vibration system, the TCB-1.3 utilizes four pneumatically actuated vibration hammers providing 6-DOF random vibration along the X, Y, and Z axes with roll, pitch, and yaw rotation. The TCB-1.3 comes standard with two accelerometers, one for control and one vibration monitor with a vibration range of 1g to 60g rms. Cincinnati Sub-Zero 

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