A growing number of instrument vendors are giving users the ability to customize internal FPGAs, delivering a significant increase in flexibility and speed. While the automated test metaphor since the 1970s has been fixed-definition hardware instruments controlled through flexible programming, this recent trend now allows users to program the hardware definition of the instrument itself. Who is doing this, and how? What may this mean for the industry? Many solutions in PXI and AXIe, but what about traditional boxes? How are these programmed? To find the most succinct summary written, follow the Masters of the FPGA Tour here.
I spent the week in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, the mobile phone industry’s largest trade show. After 2 days of intensive interviews, I published my findings for Test & Measurement World.
Day 1 I focused on the giants of product testing: National Instruments (and their Signalion acquisition), Gefle Testelink, Rohde & Schwarz, Agilent, Anritsu, and Aeroflex. Besides new traditional and PXI instruments, I also covered the merger between the WiGig and Wi-Fi Alliances: 60GHz WLAN is coming. In a TMW exclusive, I had a private showing at the ST-Ericsson booth of their new LTE-Advanced RF modem being characterized by an Agilent PXI system, including Agilent’s new PXI DigRF module.
Day 2 I focused on network testing. This started with an overview of the small cell market (aka femtocells) and an interview with Anite. After that is was completely network test: Tektronix Communications, IXIA, EXFO, JDSU, Spirent, Celcite, and Keynote SIGOS. JDSU turned the tables, and interviewed me. The video can be viewed from the Day 2 link below.
Enough! Replicate the experience. Get yourself some tapas and Ribera and read my summaries here: