Come along to the Engineering Design Show this week (18th & 19th October) at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, to stand number H7. Aspen are exhibiting a large range of specialist test equipment, including AC & DC power supplies for systems and test bench applications, along with coax connectors, cables and more specialist component products.
The GRF6011 is a linear, ultra-low loss switch that has been designed with failsafe characteristics when all voltage inputs are removed.
By integrating the ASNT5153 multiplexer chip into a custom designed high speed/high fidelity module, the MUX-56 is capable of creating high speed signals up to 56 Gb/s from two lower speed signals. Alternatively MUX-56 can be operated as a switch with DC biases or a low frequency clock input. When operated as a switch the input data rate of each channel can be as high as 40 Gb/s. Although natively differential on all ports (clock, data inputs, and data output), the MUX-56 can be operated single ended by terminating the unused output port in a 50 ohm load. All ports are internally terminated to 50 ohms. The MUX-56 is the first in a series of modules in development using ASNT chips.
Low LO Drive Passive GaAs MMIC Double Balanced Mixers
One of the key challenges in integrating a mixer into an RF system is the available LO power. Available LO power dictates a mixer's ability to "turn on" and insufficient available LO power will degrade isolation,conversion loss, and spurious performance. SWAP considerations and amplifier limitations in millimeter bands can limit available system LO power.
To overcome this challenge, Marki Microwave is proud to announce two additional entries into our growing line of MMIC mixers; the MM1-0320L and MM1-1857L.
The MM1-0320L and MM1-1857L are both low LO drive mixers. They require LO powers as low as +5dBm and +7dBm respectively. Combined, both mixers support an operating range of 3 to 57 GHz and allows access to most useable RF operating bands. The MM1-0320L and MM1-1857L give system designers and integrators the unique trade-off of using lower LO power, for a small hit to mixer non-linearity, while preserving linear specifications such as conversion loss and LO-RF isolation.
As technology evolves, companies that rent out test and measurement equipment are having to extend the range of services they offer...
The past few years have been challenging for companies operating in the test and measurement market, but for those delivering rental and leasing services, economic and business challenges have provided fertile ground, as more customers become aware of the benefits they can offer.
Traditionally, the renting or leasing of test equipment was suitable for customers with short-term requirements, or who didn't have the budget to buy test instruments. Today, companies in industries that are evolving rapidly, are turning to rental specialists, especially when instrument obsolescence is becoming increasingly important.
Research from Frost and Sullivan suggests the share of rental and leasing services in the test and measurement industry is growing strongly and currently accounts for a third of the total market revenues.
While different industry sectors have different requirements, demand for rental and leasing has tended to be strongest in the telecommunications market, boosted by the deployment of 4G networks fibre optic networks moving to 40G and from growing investment in mmWave and 5G technologies.
Whatever the market, those supplying test and measurement equipment have to ensure their portfolio meets changing customer requirements, and, as technology evolves more quickly, companies faced with budgetary constraints are having to think more creatively about how they acquire test equipment - does it address the needs of their latest development project, does its support the latest standards and in the light of rapid developments driven by the Internet of Things, does it offer sufficient performance?
The functionality and cost of software is another challenge that needs to be addressed. As the use and type of software increases, so variations in the type of test equipment required have exploded. In addition, equipment is becoming more configurable, adding further pressures when it comes to providing the correct test services and support.
For rental and leasing companies, the key challenge is not only to be able to provide the right equipment, but also the most up-to-date devices that meet changing testing requirements.
A Competitive Market
While Aspen Electronics primarily sells Test Equipment, it also rents specific lines. "While the market remains flat overall, it is very competitive." said Managing Director, Howard Venning. "That's a given when you consider there are now 26 companies supplying oscilloscopes into the UK market and the routes to market are changing rapidly. Keysight has announced, for example, that along with traditional distributors like RS and Farnell, they will now be using Amazon to source it's equipment. "A lot of Test and Measurement equipment is now little more than a commodity, which means cost is the priority for design engineers. If the test and measurement market is reach saturation point, I would expect the cost of test equipment to come down even further."
"Buyers," according to Venning, "want value for money and are looking to acquire multiple capabilities in each item of equipment. More and more, we are seeing instruments being consolidated".
The challenge for rental companies is that they are obliged to carry an extensive portfolio of equipment to match the changing needs of their customers.
"To be a one-stop-shop, companies need to buy a lot of equipment." suggested Venning. "Companies are having to sink serious amounts of money into providing a 'complete' service to meet the demands of customers in a rapidly changing market. That's a challenge for any company, no matter their size."
Beyond the financial costs and whether renting or buying test equipment is in their best interests, the speed at which technology is evolving is a challenge and, large or small, companies will need to invest carefully in as much test equipment as their budget can reasonably allow.
Aspen Electronics Wavecontrol is exhibiting solutions for the CEMFAW Regulations at the Safety and Health Expo (London Excel) together with their partner Aspen Electronics. This event is one of the biggest Health and Safety shows in the UK concerning workplace safety.
Feel free to visit them at booth M225. Download our CEMFAW related Show Flyer.
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