Best in Test awards given out at DesignCon 2013

-February 01, 2013

On Tuesday, January 29th, the 2013 Test & Measurement World’s Best in Test Awards were presented at DesignCon in Santa Clara, CA. Patrick Mannion, brand director for EDN, Planet Analog, and Test & Measurement World and EDN, and Janine Love, editor in chief, Test & Measurement World presided over the ceremonies.

The Best in Test Awards aim to honor the best products in the electronics test market and are awarded based on voting by the Test & Measurement World Audience. The awards also include the Test of Time Award, which honors a product that is still leading its class five years or more after its introduction, and the Test Engineer of the Year award. Below is a summary of this year’s winners.

ATE / Production Test
TR7680 3D Automated X-Ray Inspection
Test Research, Inc.
Model TR7680 provides inline 3D Automated X-ray Inspection of PCBAs. It features auto inspection and auto pass/fail determination. This product offers 6-axis control, multi-angle cameras, and is capable of inspecting large boards and providing 2D+3D images of different defects.

Compliance Test
R&S VTC Video test center
Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
Designed for use in R&D, the R&S VTC video test center is a modular platform for testing video and audio interfaces. It provides realtime protocol and media content analysis and can be modified to meet the requirements of specific test environments and new standards. The platform accommodates up to eight test modules.

Data Acquisition
Stand-Alone NI CompactDAQ System
National Instruments
The stand-alone NI CompactDAQ system is an embedded platform equipped with a built-in dual-core Intel processor that runs measurement tests while logging data directly to a portable system, eliminating the need for an external PC. This product uses NI LabVIEW system design software and includes sample projects and templates so users can quickly acquire, analyze and visualize their data.

Digital Multimeters
U1177A Infrared-to-Bluetooth adapter for multimeters
Agilent Technologies
Designed for applications where test points are not easily accessible or dangerous to perform, the Agilent U1177A Infrared-to-Bluetooth adapter allows users to place an Agilent multimeter on the machinery where the test point is located and measure from a safe distance (up to 30 feet).

LTE / Wireless Test
RP-5300 Multi-Channel RF Recorder
Averna’s RP-5300 Multi-Channel RF Recorder is designed to solve receiver-validation challenges. It is a portable device that installs in a vehicle and captures up to 50 MHz of RF signals, such as multiple GNSS signals plus impairments. Technicians can then return to the lab with many hours of real-world signals, including multi-path, interference and general degradation. Users can build a library of real-world environments for receiver validation, testing and support, which reduces the need for repetitive drive-tests.

Machine Vision / Inspection
TR7007 SII Solder Paste Inspection
Test Research, Inc.
Capable of inspecting at speeds up to 200 cm²/sec, theTR7007 SII lays claim that it is the fastest 3D solder paste inspection system in the industry. It offers full 3D inspection at a resolution of 15 micrometers or 10 micrometers.

Optical / Network Test
Ixia’s XAir product validates the performance of LTE base stations. It creates realistic massive-scaled user application behavior, supporting web, voice and video applications, all LTE mobility types, and modeling of radio characteristics — cell edge, cell center and user movements. This product is designed to enable carriers to optimize voice quality, including voice over LTE and video quality by stressing the infrastructure with real-world traffic and measuring quality of experience.

Power Supply
Aktakom APS -73xxL Series of Programmable Power Supplies
This series of power supplies from AKTAKOM allows remote control through any mobile device, such as an iPAD, iphone, PC, or Android mobile device.  Aktakom reports that these power supplies feature superior precision and stability. The Aktakom Power Manager software allows users to set and pre-set inputs, graph, as well as, time control the power supplies output. The power supplies are designed and developed in the US.

NI PXIe-5644R RF vector signal transceiver (VST)
National Instruments
The NI PXIe-5644R RF vector signal transceiver is a software-designed instrument that combines a vector signal generator, a vector signal analyzer, and a user-programmable FPGA into a single PXI modular instrument. It features up to 6.0 GHz frequency coverage and 80 MHz instantaneous RF bandwidth.

InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series Oscilloscope
Agilent Technologies
The InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series of oscilloscopes feature an update rate of 1 million (1,000,000) waveform updates/sec. These scopes are equipped with a 12.1-inch capacitive touch screen with a user interface designed for touch. The InfiniiScan Zone touch triggering feature allows you to trigger on an event just by drawing a box.

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