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Arbitrary waveform generator synchronizes up to 12 channels Agilent Technologies has introduced streaming and multichannel synchronization functionality for its M8190A highspeed arbitrary waveform generator, making testing more realistic with long playtime and parallel signal generation for multi-emitter support. By combining streaming functionality and the ability to synchronize up to 12 channels, engineers can simulate an entire plane flight instead of just milliseconds of flight data at a time. Real-time events can influence signal scenarios, which makes testing as realistic as possible. The M8190A now can generate waveforms while downloading new waveforms into memory, which overcomes previous AWG limitations and streamlines testing significantly. This new functionality is now part of the M8190A product offering. Agilent’s unique ASIC allows the M8190A to change amplitude, frequency and phase on the fly. That means engineers no longer need to conduct time-consuming downloads to change parameters. They can perform margin tests more efficiently by changing the parameters during runtime. Agilent Technologies www.agilent.com Wireless battery free sensor systems continuously monitor and transmit data Farsens has developed wireless sensor devices that can be used without batteries. Based on UHF RFID technology, these sensor tags are able to continuously monitor and transmit data, together with an 96-bit EPC unique tag identifier, to any EPC Gen 2 standard compliant reader. Farsens has packaged everything needed to run a full passive sensor system including several RFID-based sensor tags, a commercial UHF RFID reader, a reader antenna, a reader power supply and an Ethernet cable to connect to a PC or a laptop. The kit also comes with a software program to display the sensor tag data. Tags in these kits come in non-protected PCB formats for custom encapsulation or embedding in non-metallic assets/materials. Four sensor options are available. The BFTS (battery free temperature sensor) kit is for temperature sensing with the Fenix sensor tags, the BFPS kit is for pressure sensing with Vortex sensor tags, the BFOS kit comes with the Kineo orientation sensors used to monitor spatial orientation of assets, and the BFSS kit packs the company’s X1 switch sensor RFID tags to monitor the open/close status of a mechanical switch. Farsens www.farsens.com www.electronics-eetimes.com Electronic Engineering Times Europe October 2013 39


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