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Test and Measurement: Keysight steps up remote learning support

As hybrid work and hybrid learning become the new normal, Keysight Technologies this week highlighted two of its initiatives in support of remote learning: One for professional engineers, and one that enables university labs to support remote laboratory access. Keysight University is the company's...

Test and Measurement: Viavi adds optical module to manufacturing test platform

Viavi Solutions has made optical spectrum analysis a new module option on its Viavi Multiple Application Platform (MAP) Optical Manufacturing Test system, joining 17 other application modules for the MAP system. The MAP wideband optical spectrum analyzer (mOSA) offers a 30% improvement in measurement resolution compared...

Test and Measurement: Keysight touts test solution for hybrid networks

Keysight Technologies this week announced what it is calling the industry's first cloud-native distributed network performance and security test software for characterizing user experience and validating network performance of hybrid networks, services and security devices. The solution, called CyPerf, is aimed at meeting the need...

Test and Measurement: Synopsys acquires semiconductor analytics company Qualtera

  Semiconductor design company Synopsys has acquired analytics company Qualtera, which focuses on analysis of semiconductor design and manufacturing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Synopsys said the transaction was not material to its financials. Synopsys said that Qualtera's analytics, combined with Synopys' own...

Test and Measurement: Keysight introduces testing for O-RAN, 5G core

In a boost to the use of Open Radio Access Network strategies, testing company Keysight Technologies this week unveiled new emulation software, Open RAN Studio, for use in validating whether radio units (RUs) are O-RAN compliant. Keysight is touting its early involvement with the O-RAN...

Test and Measurement: 5G is gaining momentum, Rohde & Schwarz says

Test company Rohde & Schwarz says that 5G momentum is contributing to its bottom line, with revenues up nearly 5% from last year. The company, which is private and does not report its results publicly, nonetheless typically provides a yearly update on its finances. Rohde...

Test and Measurement: The role of devices in user experience

Which mobile device a user has plays a crucial role in their experience of a mobile network -- and Samsung devices give users the best experience in 35% of countries tested, according to new analysis from OpenSignal. OpenSignal relies on device-based measurements for its data,...

Test and Measurement: Airgain opens new 5G antenna testing lab

Antenna company Airgain has unveiled a new testing laboratory focused on 5G millimeter wave. The company said that the bands being used for 5G mmWave networks "create a new set of challenges for development and testing, with much higher levels of atmospheric loss, very...

Test and Measurement: Keysight launches PathWave integrated testing software platform

Keysight Technologies has introduced a software platform aimed at integrating the test process from design and characterization to optimization, in order to speed up product development and deployment. PathWave "combines design software, instrument control, and application-specific test software in an open development environment," according...

Test and Measurement: EXFO reaches deal on Astellia buy-out

EXFO struck a deal to acquire the rest of French network visibility company Astellia and reported financial results reflecting a rise in sales of 4.6% year-over-year, although EXFO's profits were down. Sales for the fiscal fourth quarter were up slightly, from $62.9 million in the...

Test and Measurement: EXFO buys stake in Astellia, aims for takeover

EXFO picks up 33.1% stake in Astellia, plans a friendly takeover Test company EXFO has purchased 33.1% of network performance analysis company Astellia for about 8.6 million Euros (around $10.2 million) and plans to launch an amicable takeover of the company. EXFO purchased 25.4%...

Test and Measurement: Bluetooth SIG launches Bluetooth mesh networking

Bluetooth mesh networking is expected to boost industrial IoT applications The Bluetooth Special Interest Group this week released its new standard for supporting Bluetooth mesh network capabilities, enabling "many-to-many" device communications that Bluetooth SIG says is "ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks and other...

Test and Measurement: Three emerging trends in the global test market

TechNavio says 5G, interoperability testing and outsourcing will impact global test market The emergence of "5G," greater need for interoperability testing and an increase in outsourcing are the top three emerging trends in the global test market for general-purpose test equipment, according to research firm TechNavio. TechNavio...

Test and Measurement: Infinite Electronics buys Kaelus; calibration consolidation

Irvine, Calif.-based Infinite Electronics has acquired a number of well-known radio frequency brands from Smiths Group. Infinite purchased Smiths Interconnect's Microwave Telecoms operations, which includes test equipment company Kaelus, RF protection equipment company PolyPhaser, surge protection company Transtector Systems and microwave antenna producer RadioWaves. Infinite is an operational...

Test and Measurement: Test job market sees growth

Research, engineering and test jobs have seen nearly 3% annual growth since 2010. Jobs in the technology sector saw solid growth last year, according to a new report by industry group CompTIA – and jobs in engineering, research and testing have been growing steadily...

Test and Measurement: Ixia Security Report finds shifting network environment

Networks are expanding in multiple dimensions -- and that means that potential vulnerabilities are as well, according to a new report from Ixia. Attack surfaces are increasing in step with "the growth in IT complexity in three specific dimensions: (1) the number of data locations where...

Notable test and measurement acquisitions in 2016

Last year was reflective of the ongoing consolidation in the network and device testing industry. Although there weren't necessarily blockbuster acquisitions on the order of NetScout's $2.6 billion Danaher communications acquisition in 2015, 2016 did host a series of smaller, ongoing test and measurement acquisitions that...

Test and Measurement: Test companies highlight 5G, 400G

Test companies are focusing on the next generation of wireless and wired network technologies at upcoming events this month, highlighting new testing capabilities that support research and development in both "5G" and 400G networks. Rohde & Schwarz is highlighting new 5G testing products at CTIA's...

Test and Measurement: NI Week showcases massive MIMO, time-sensitive networking

National Instruments held its annual NI Week conference this week, focusing on its support of advanced technologies in wireless and networking. In particular, NI spotlighted new tools for developing massive multiple-input/multiple-output systems, the underpinnings of 5G systems and time-sensitive networking, as well as its brand...

Test and Measurement: NI launches new vector signal transceiver

National Instruments has launched the second generation of its Vector Signal Transceiver. Adam Foster, senior product marketing manager for automated test systems at NI, said the new instrument is aimed at addressing four key trends in test needs driven by the "internet of things": convergence...

Test and Measurement: Wi-Fi Alliance continues LTE-U, Wi-Fi coexistence test plan work

Wi-Fi Alliance this week held the latest of its workshops on LTE-Unlicensed and Wi-Fi coexistence, and said in a statement it has "made significant progress toward the development of a test regimen that will address fair coexistence between Wi-Fi and LTE-U devices." Wi-Fi Alliance earlier...

Test and Measurement: Test companies make new IoT acquisitions

Two test-focused companies are expanding their "Internet of Things" portfolios with IoT acquisitions, although each has a different focus. MTS is buying sensor production company PCB Group for $580 million. MTS plans to combine PCB into its own sensors business with an eye toward more complete test...

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