What is the biggest factor impacting the development of new T&M solutions for RF and wireless?
Anritsu, Donn Mulder: T&M companies share the same concerns that all RF/wireless companies face, and price remains one of the biggest – if not the biggest. While everyone acknowledges the importance of test and quality assurance, most companies don’t want to pay too much for it. Therefore, it is incumbent upon test suppliers to develop highly accurate test solutions that can measure today’s complex signals while also maintaining cost effectiveness. Keithley Instruments, Mark Hoersten: One of the biggest trends we’re seeing is the incorporation of RF and wireless technologies into products that never had these capabilities before. As a result, seasoned electrical test engineers are suddenly being asked to make RF measurements, and they have little, if any, background, training, or practical experience in this area. They require RF test solutions that are easy to use, enabling them to get results quickly. Tektronix, Rick King: The most significant trend is the move to digital RF, with Mo