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May 2, 2017

Good overview of differing 5G standards efforts

Monthly sales hit $30.9B. Quarterly sales were up 18% also.

NI joins Keysight and LitePoint with 802.11ax software

May 1, 2017

Revenue at $300M, up 5%. Orders up 9%. GM=75.3%. OP=11.5%, $34M, up 37%

PXI & RF showed strong growth, order >$100K up 22%. Headcount to drop 2%. Instrument control showing high single digit growth, first time for quite a while. Strength in semi and transportation markets.

April 13, 2017

Formerly LTX-Credence and Everett Charles, Xcerra acquired for $580M

Dubbed the “porcupine”, angle-of-arrival measurements can be made within 150 milliseconds

Joint paper from University of Aveiro Portugal, and National Instruments

Video from NYU Wireless’ Dr. Ted Rappaport

April 11, 2017

NI video shows combining multiple PXI switches to act as one

Read the entire report here

Xcerra’s observations of 5G from MWC

Engineering, research, and testing sum to 1.7M jobs

April 10, 2017

LitePoint’s John Luke presents some of the test challenges of 802.11ax

Largest growth since October 2010

April 7, 2017

New from VTI

April 4, 2017

My latest column examines Keysight’s fa user-programmable FPGAs and fast displays for PXI products

NK732 delivers 20 million measurements per second with 2ps time resolution.

Option for 22xx digitizer series adds +/-40 mv.

COO Philippe Morin gets promoted to CEO