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Voice-recognition trouble topped the list of U.S. car problems reported for 2014 models, according to the Wall Street Journal. Drivers reported 8.3 voice-recognition problems per 100 vehicles. Joseph B. White writing in the Journal says voice control can be “extremely buggy,” and efforts to get it to work can distract drivers. The Journal report follows recent studies conducted at the University of Utah that show voice-recognition systems are distracting. “Even though your car may be configured to support social media, texting, and phone calls, it doesn’t mean it is safe...
DIGITAL EDITION DECEMBER


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by Elizabeth Persico, Keysight Technologies* For those who’ve spent more than 15 years in and around the test equipment business, it may be hard to...

The test applications special report in our November print edition covers recent PXI and benchtop vector network and signal analyzer introductions from Copper Mountain...

Long before any of us became addicted to Amazon.com, there were actual mail-order catalogs. A devoted hobbyist would fill out an order sheet, write...

Our October print edition includes a feature article on modular systems for IC test, and our July issue included a special report on bench...

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Most RF and microwave analyzers have a superheterodyne architecture that down-converts the input signal to a lower IF, generally using several IF stages at...

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The military/aerospace (MIL/Aero) arena faces many test challenges as engineers design, maintain, and service defense systems. Test requirements extend from development through manufacturing and...

MAGAZINE - DECEMBER EDITION

DOCSIS 3.1 Protocol Analyzer The DP-1000 DOCSIS 3.1 protocol analyzer, developed with major industry players and designed for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, can...

As electronics technology has evolved toward increasing complexity, so too have test techniques, and you can expect rapid change as the Internet of Things...

The Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC) workshop held Oct. 17  at Northeastern University focused on nanotechnology applications involving human-performance measurement and medical diagnostics. The event was...

Electronic products generally can’t ship without meeting EMC, EMI, or ESD requirements. New instruments, power supplies, and filters can help ensure that your ICs...

Cloud computing, as one reference put it, is just another term for accessing services via the Internet. For small companies that may be true,...

Jitter measurements are among the most important ways of evaluating the performance of serial digital data links as well as clocks. The oscilloscope is...

“Pickering is about switching,” said Bob Stasonis, director of sales and marketing at Pickering Interfaces. “We are involved in switching on almost every platform...

Various publications are covering a recent study that blames smartphones for poor posture and the problems that can cause. The idea is that your...

Investors lose their edge if they have to wait for corporate quarterly reports or monthly government statistics, and they are constantly looking for legal...