1/29/2020 – Yokogawa Webinar: Avoiding Detrimental & Misleading Results in Laser & Optical Spectrum Analysis

Yokogawa Live Webinar


Wednesday, January 29, 2020
11:00 AM Pacific / 2:00 PM Eastern


No longer is the usage of lasers and optical solutions limited to visible laser pointers and traditional communications applications. Optical solutions have expanded into a variety of fields, from guiding a new generation of autonomous vehicles (LiDAR) and enabling facial recognition for smartphones to identifying greenhouse gasses and detecting cancer in the medical field.

Many of these applications require precise analysis of the optical light spectrum displayed (or not displayed) on the test instrument. The analysis techniques behind understanding spectral behaviors is a science in itself; what is not shown on an instrument can be as misleading to your results as what is shown, and vice versa!

Join us in this webinar where our experts discuss:

  • How researchers and engineers can avoid relying on false or misleading results when using an optical spectrum analyzer
  • An overview of spectral measurement technologies
  • Examples from Yokogawa’s 3+ decades of spectral analysis experience
  • Development techniques from our research partners
  • Our new breakthrough OSA with a maximum wavelength limit of 5.5 um – be the first to preview!


Michael Kwok

Product Manager, Optical Products
Test & Measurement, Yokogawa

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in electronics. He has over 25 years of industry experience in various fields including Medical, Aerospace, Automotive, and data acquisition. He also has over 20 years of experience specifically in the field of optical analysis and testing. 

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1/28/2020-1/30-2020 – Join Anritsu at DesignCon


Anritsu’s Hiroshi Goto to participate in Panel—The Case of the Closing Eyes: PAM is the Answer, or Not?

Tuesday, January 28, 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM, Ballroom F Add to Calendar

Join this panel of experts for a lively discussion on the state of testing practices for high-speed networking technologies. This year's panel will be evaluating the pros and cons of characterization efforts for 400GbE over PAM4. Chip experts will discuss design verification challenges while the test & measurement industry veterans will provide direction on testing implementation plans. Come prepared to engage in the discussion!

See Anritsu’s latest signal integrity products at Booth 837

Anritsu will showcase its leading test solutions and techniques to verify high-speed communications featuring the latest technologies, including PCI Express® (PCIe®) 3.0/4.0/5.0 and Ethernet PAM4, during DesignCon 2020 in booth #837. Test solution demonstrations will include:

  • 400G Optical PAM4 TDECQ Test
  • 400G JTOL Test for PAM4 with FEC
  • PCIe G4/G5 LEQ RX Compliance Test
  • Automated High Speed Serial Bus RX Test
  • De-embedding with Universal Fixture Extraction
  • 110 GHz Signal Integrity Measurement

Attend Anritsu's technical sessions and register for a chance to win an Echo Show & Ring!

Thursday, January 30, Great America – Room 2 - Add to Calendar

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nVent Schroff releases NEW High Thermal Card Loks for Mission Critical Electronics

High Thermal Sawtooth (HTS) Card Lok



nVent SCHROFF's NEW High Thermal Sawtooth (HTS) Card Lok is evolving the traditional card lok to better satisfy industry requirements for defense and aerospace in conduction cooled systems. With a cost-efficient design, the HTS series meets advanced performance demands for Size, Weight and Power (SWaP).

Features and Benefits
  • Reliably secure and cool mission critical electronics in military and defense as well as commercial aerospace applications
  • Meeting advanced requirements for heat dissipation and shock and vibration resistance
  • Allows for up to 15% increased thermal performance over similarly sized card locks
  • The HTS series minimizes thermal resistance and allows for heat to flow almost directly from the board to the cold wall
  • Featured sawtooth design provides a continuous and uniform surface along the PCB/heat frame and along the cold wall
  • Allows for up to 91% higher clamping force over similarly sized card locks (280HTS)
  • Drop-in replacement for series 260, 265, and 280 nVent SCHROFF card loks


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Orolia launches GSG-8 GNSS/GPS simulator

Advanced GNSS Simulation, Made Easy.

GSG-8 is the newest positioning, navigation, and timing test solution offered through Orolia’s GSG family of simulators. It was developed to deliver the highest standard of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal testing and sensor simulation performance in an easy to use, upgradable and scalable platform.

GSG-8 Advanced GNSS/GPS Simulator

GSG-8 features high-end performance with a 1000 Hz simulation iteration rate, high dynamics, real-time synchronization, and simulation of all-in-view satellite signals. Advanced GNSS jamming and spoofing options allow the creation of benign and threat scenarios required to meet the needs of mission-critical applications. GSG- 8 is ideal for any development or integration project that requires sophisticated simulation capabilities in any simulated environment from any point on earth, and beyond.

GSG-8 supports multi-constellation, multi-frequency GNSS simulation and advanced threat scenarios, including jamming, spoofing and repeater simulation. Powered by our industry-leading Skydel simulation engine, GSG-8 can be programmed to simulate operations with all current and future GNSS signals. The ability to simulate multiple synchronized trajectories through multiple instances of the Skydel simulation engine allows testing of complex GNSS systems, such as:

  • Differential GNSS, such as Real-time Kinematics (RTK)
  • Receiver spoofing mitigation evaluation
  • Multi-antenna vehicles
  • Attitude measurements
  • Simple or complex arrays of GNSS receivers

GSG-8 can also incorporate encrypted or proprietary signals with a comprehensive SDK, which allows signal generation of even the most sensitive signals.


GSG-8: Scientific Precision. Software Defined.

GSG-8 is revolutionizing the GNSS simulation industry with its easy to use, advanced simulation capabilities, extraordinary flexibility and rapid development cycles. With a robust and innovative 1000Hz software engine and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) software-defined radios (SDRs), GSG-8 easily outperforms the competition. It can accommodate unlimited configurations to conduct system testing and simulation, and its SDR format makes maintenance and customization much easier and more affordable than other options. Trust GSG-8 to deliver precise results for your critical programs. Orolia can help ensure reliable performance and accelerate your system’s time to market or deployment.

Powerful Automation

The unique and modern architecture of its Skydel simulation engine provides an extensive application program interface (API) to configure and control all aspects of the simulator. The API is available in various programming languages such as Python, C#, C++ and LabVIEW. Moreover, all human and machine interactions with the simulator can be recorded and exported as executable python script, which greatly simplifies the work of test engineers who want to automate or expand the simulator capabilities.

Scalable Platform

The Skydel simulator engine provides a flexible and scalable architecture to cover larger and more complex applications to test controlled reception pattern antennas (CRPA). Ask Orolia about Wavefront and Anechoic test solutions using the Skydel simulator engine.


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Abaco Announces Flexible, Rugged 4-Channel Gigabit Ethernet Interface XMC to Help Minimize Size, Weight and Power (SWaP)

Offers choice of copper, fiber SFP connectivity • Broad range of operating system support • Simple, cost-effective upgrade for PMC676RC, PMC677RC users


Complete Single-Source SWaP Solution

The XMC477RC is a quad switched mezzanine card (XMC) compatible module providing a 4-channel Gigabit Ethernet Small Form Factor pluggable (SFP) interface. The new XMC is distinguished by its support for four SFP modules for maximum flexibility, allowing customers to choose between 1000Base-X optical or 1000Base-T copper connectivity. When paired with an Abaco single board computer, the XMC477RC delivers a high degree of functional density that can reduce the number of cards in a chassis – eliminating, for example, the requirement for a dedicated Ethernet switch – that can help minimize the size, weight and power (SWaP) of a subsystem.


Form Fit and Function

The XMC477RC provides a simple and highly cost-effective form-, fit- and function compatible upgrade for existing users of the PMC676RC or the PMC677RC who will benefit from a more configurable product with higher throughput.

Fully rugged, with an operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C, the XMC477RC is designed for naval/marine-, land- and air platforms within defense and aerospace markets including fire control systems, airborne mission computers, radar systems and flight control. It supports a high speed link to the host via an x4 PCIe™ connection, allowing all front I/O ports to run at full line rate.


Broad Range of Supported Operating Systems for Simple Integration

The XMC477RC is supported by native drivers for many common operating systems (Microsoft Windows®, Linux®, LynxOS®). Abaco has software drivers for additional operating systems (VxWorks® and Solaris). These drivers have been carefully designed and implemented to fit within the LAN protocol stack of the host operating system; thus, all facilities available from the host operating system can be utilized across the XMC477RC.


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Abaco Systems releases VP460 6U VPX Direct RF Processing System


6U VPX Direct RF Processing System with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ RFSoC
6U VPX Direct RF Processing System with Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ RFSoC

Next Generation FPGA, Aligned with SOSA Technical Standards

The VP460 is designed to enable customers to begin development of their next generation systems using revolutionary new processor technology. It is in alignment with the SOSA™ Technical Standard to provide the interoperability required by the US Air Force, Army and Navy.

Increased Performance in Less Space

The VP460 is a major step forward in performance and density, enabling the use of fewer boards with increased performance – thus minimizing SWaP - as well as the built-in ability to handle advanced MIMO, beamforming, and many applications such as communications, sensor processing, radar, and electronic warfare.

RFSoC and HBM, All in One

A 6U VPX RF processing system, the VP460 features the transformational Xilinx® Zynq® Ultrascale+™ RF system-on-chip (RFSoC) technology and the latest Xilinx Virtex™ Ultrascale+ High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) FPGA device. The RFSoC ZU29DR device used on the VP460 includes 16 integrated analog-to-digital converters at 2GSPS, 16 digital-to-analog converters at 6.4 GSPS, a user- programmable FPGA fabric, and multi-core Zynq ARM® processing subsystem.

The HBM VU37P device features the speed and capabilities of an UltraScale+ FPGA together with integrated DRAM in the FPGA package, capable of up to 460GB/s data transfer rates on-chip.

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Teledyne SP Devices extends RF offering with ADQ7WB

ADQ7WB is available in PCI Express (PCIe) and PXI Express (PXIe) form factors (PCIe shown here).

Teledyne SP Devices today announced the release of ADQ7WB – a wideband digitizer with an analog input bandwidth of 6.5 GHz. This new product is a significant addition to the company’s solutions for the RF market segment and is launched in response to high customer demand. The performance and features of ADQ7WB make it ideal for demanding radio applications.

The high analog input bandwidth combined with high sampling rate allows for wideband capture of IF/IQ/RF signals, and the AC-coupled analog front-end is optimized for high linearity. ADQ7WB features on-board proprietary digital performance enhancement technology ADX which helps achieve industry-leading spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR).

Optional firmware package FW4DDC adds real-time radio digital signal processing (DSP) functions that also helps reduce data rates to a manageable level. The package includes four digital downconverters (DDCs), decimation, and filtering which can be used either for noise reduction or channel equalization. Custom DSP functions can also be integrated on the onboard Xilinx FPGA through a firmware development kit. A software development kit (SDK) is also included free of charge.

In addition to the on-board real-time processing the ADQ7WB supports data streaming at very high rates. This allows for post-processing in either a host PC or via peer-to-peer streaming to a graphics processing unit (GPU).

ADQ7WB is available in modular PCI Express (PCIe) and PXI Express (PXIe) form factors and offers flexible and simple integration that can easily be scaled to include additional measurement channels. It also supports highly accurate trigger and synchronization capabilities that enable implementation of multi-channel systems.


Example of how ADQ7WB can be configured as a wideband I/Q receiver using firmware package ADQ7-FW4DDC.



  • Simultaneous high sampling rate (5 GSPS per channel) and resolution (12 bits)
  • Analog input bandwidth of 6.5 GHz and superior SFDR through proprietary real-time DSP
  • Configurable dual-channel inputs support flexible receiver architectures
  • Optional real-time DSP functions for radio applications and powerful open Xilinx FPGA
  • High throughput of up to 7 GByte/s via peer-to-peer streaming to GPU



  • RF monitoring and recording
  • Channel sounding
  • Satellite monitoring
  • 5G
  • RF production testing
  • Signals intelligence
  • Low-level RF (LLRF)

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AMETEK Releases New Asterion 18kVA 14U Power Source

Asterion 18kVA power source

AMETEK Programmable Power has expanded its Asterion™ line of AC power sources with a new 18kVA power source. The Asterion™ 12K3 supplies AC and DC output power up to 12,000 VA or 12,000 W, and the Asterion™ 18K3 supplies up to 18,000 VA or 18,000 W. Both units come in a 14U chassis and can supply single- or three-phase output power.

Asterion Line AC Power Source Advantages:

  • Maximize space utilization with 500VA up to 18kVA in 1U/2U/4U/14U chassis
  • Full output power over widest voltage range with iX2™ technology
  • Quickly and expertly control each AC source with an intuitive touch screen
  • Single or three phase selectable 2U / 4U / 14U models
  • Asterion AC sources all come with an industry-leading 5 year warranty

For more information on the Asterion line of AC power sources download our datasheet or request a quote.

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Abaco Systems Announces New High Performance Ethernet Switch to Bring Extended Levels of Capability to 6U VME Systems

• Flexibility means almost any 6U VME network requirement can be implemented • Simple, cost-effective pin-compatible upgrade for existing users • Brings enhanced security via support for latest release of OpenWare switch management

GBX25 Layer 3 Managed 6U VME NETernity Ethernet Switch


Abaco Systems announced the GBX25 Layer 3 Managed 6U VME NETernity Ethernet Switch. It provides unprecedented flexibility, delivering new levels of simplicity in configuring 6U VME network support and handling almost any network configuration while delivering industry-leading performance. The GBX25 represents the optimum switch solution for any user planning to create new systems based on the 6U VME architecture, or planning to refresh existing systems.

Typical applications for the GBX25 include mission computing; fire control; radar; sensor/video aggregation and networking; and radar. It is also appropriate for industrial and automation applications.

For existing users of Abaco’s GBX24 and RM921B, the GBX25 represents a 100% pin-compatible technology insertion opportunity, delivering a simple, straightforward, cost-effective upgrade in capability and performance, while guaranteeing long term availability. It also represents an ideal enhancement for systems using Abaco’s RM922, GBX16 and GBX16A switches.

The GBX25 also provides support for the latest release of Abaco’s OpenWare switch management environment designed specifically for the military/aerospace environment, bringing new levels of flexibility, manageability and security.

A single flexible platform, the GBX25 allows virtually all 6U VME Ethernet switch solutions to be architected with a single product, whether front or rear (or both) I/O, copper or fiber, 1G or 10G. Up to four 10G SFP+ modules brings the ability to aggregate multiple 1G channels together. The 10G functionality makes it possible to use the switch as an aggregator of multiple video/sensor data streams to be sent via one or more 10G uplinks to other systems such as data servers or mission computers.

The use of SFP modules also brings the ability for customers to configure the GBX25 to fit their application precisely, and not be constrained by fixed configurations. Having a common platform  allows for engineers to use the GBX25 in multiple systems  without the need to relearn the capabilities of the product or how to configure the management software.

The dual I/O variant will offer up to 40 switched ports (24 rear VME ports and 16 front panel ports), potentially allowing for a single switch to replace two others that would need to be configured independently in existing systems. It can also make an important contribution to minimizing slot usage in a system, reducing its SWaP (size, weight and power) profile.

“While other companies are allowing their 6U VME offering to decline in competitiveness, Abaco remains committed to ensuring that users of VME systems continue to have access to the latest cutting edge switch fabric technologies, providing not only high performance but also longevity,” said Peter Thompson, Vice President, Product Management at Abaco Systems. “It is also further evidence of our commitment to our customers that we will help them minimize their long term cost of ownership.”

“The GBX25 offers increased capability in port density and data rates; lower power consumption than previous products; and the ability to guarantee the highest levels of security through the use of the latest release of OpenWare,” continued Thompson. “It is a further demonstration of our belief in the long term viability of the VME architecture.”

The maximum non-blocking switching bandwidth of 340Gbps in the highest density version of the product provides more than sufficient headroom for even the most demanding applications.

Supported interfaces include 10/100/1000BASE-T, 100BASE-FX, 1000BASE-SX, 1000BASE-LX, 10GBASE-SR and 10GBASE-LR.

OpenWare was developed by Abaco’s Networking Innovation Center, and has been adapted on numerous occasions to deliver the functionality required by specific applications. It benefits from over 20 years of continuous development, and is field-proven in thousands of mission-critical installations around the world - even in space. Multi-level military-grade security delivers the optimum application-dependent balance between protecting data and preventing unauthorized access on the one hand and accessibility and usability on the other.


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Abaco Introduces new VP2102 Graphics and Video Capture Board


Leading Technology

The Abaco NVP2102 is a chip-down 3U XMC graphics output and video capture board based on the NVIDIA® Pascal ™ (GP107) Quadro® P2000 GPU. The NVP2102 leverages the high performance of the GPU with its 768 CUDA cores and 4GBytes of GDDR5 memory to deliver 2.3 TeraFLOPs of peak performance with CUDA™ and OpenCL™ support.

High Performance Applications

Developed for deployment in the harsh and cramped conditions typical of battlefield platforms, the NVP2102 provides an optimum choice for all forms of graphics/video processing input/output. Typical applications include situational awareness, signals intelligence, ISR and radar, while the Pascal GPU's high degree of parallelism also makes it an optimum for the GPGPU applications including machine learning and autonomy.

The NVP2102 is designed for graphics and video generation input and output, supporting four 3G-SDI inputs, capable of 1080p; two 3G-SDI outputs, also capable of 1080p60; two DisplayPort 1.4 ports capable of 4K resolution @ 60Hz; and VGA. Support for H.265 (HEVC)/H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) encode/decode is provided.

AXIS Software Toolkit

AXIS ImageFlex is an image processing and visualization toolkit enabling the rapid development of high performance image processing, visualization and autonomy applications aimed at size, weight and power (SWaP) sensitive platforms. It is focused on high performance GPU processing and graphics with interoperability with other programming paradigms such as OpenGL, OpenCL , CUDA and OpenCV.


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