Test & Measurement World

The Magazine for Quality in Electronics
A CAHNERS PUBLICATION

MAY 1998 VOL. 18, NO. 6


COVER STORY

PORTABLE MEASUREMENTS
Connect Test Instruments to Notebook PCs
Although they lack board slots, notebook PCs can still control test instruments, take measurements, perform tests, and store results.
Martin Rowe, Technical Editor


FEATURES

DATA ACQUISITION
USB Eases Data Acquisition
The Universal Serial Bus promises hot-swap plug-and-play, effortless expansion, and ready access for PC-based data acquisition.
Gil Bassak, Contributing Technical Editor

INSPECTION
FIBs Probe and Fix Semiconductor Problems
Focused ion beams can image an IC's surface as well as add and remove conductors and insulators.
Randall G. Lee and William C. Monigle, Micrion Corp., Peabody, MA

PRODUCT SURVEY: CABLE TESTERS
Choose the Right Cable Tester
Cable testers offer more than a continuity check.
Dan Romanchik, Contributing Technical Editor


TEST TIPS & TECHNIQUES

INSPECTION
Lighting Makes its Mark on Vision Systems
Light sources give many illumination options.

EMBEDDED TEST
Let Microcontroller-Based MCMs Test Themselves
Multichip modules that contain a microcontroller can test themselves.

RESOURCES
NIST Serves Test and Measurement Engineers
NIST provides measurement services, research, and quality assessment programs.


TEST CLIPS

	New Product Alert
	NASA Develops Cable Tester Technology
	"Old" Optical-Fiber Information Proves Useful
	Wavetek to Merge with Wandel & Goltermann
	Editor's Desk
	GenRad Creates Software Business Unit
	Basic RF Training from Bellcore and HP
	Analog Drift
	Calendar
	How to Contact T&MW

PRODUCT UPDATE

	Gadgets & Gizmos
	Tester Measures Fibre-Channel Peformance
	Software Analyzes Noises and Vibrations
	PXI Bus Gets Switch Card
	ATE System Relies on VXlbus Instruments
	Detect and Classify PCB Defects
	Measure Digital Broadcast Peformance
	Tek Scopes Get Java Applications
	Analyze FireWire Signals
	Test Instruments
	EMC Test
	RF/Microwave Test
	ATE
	Inspection
	Computer-Controlled Test Systems
	Environmental Test
	Software
	New Literature

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