Bluetooth Test Set from Anritsu to Support Longer Data Packets of Latest Bluetooth 4.2 Specification

first_imgAnritsu has introduced an option for its MT8852B Bluetooth Test Set that supports the Data Length Extension associated with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) as part of the latest Bluetooth Core Specification version 4.2. With data length extension feature, designers and manufacturers of Bluetooth® Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready devices can use the MT8852B to conduct radio layer tests in full compliance with the newly adopted Bluetooth 4.2 standard to improve product throughput and speed time to market. This new measurement option has been specifically developed to support the extension of the data packet length in BLE from 37 octets to 255 octets. The new test cases in the Data Length Extension option can be run as part of a test script to simplify the creation of test programs and reduce test times. For example, engineers can use the this test set to complete a test script implementing Bluetooth Basic Rate, Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) and BLE measurements in less than 15 seconds by pressing one key or sending a single remote command, greatly simplifying production test programs.Engineers can conduct BLE measurements directly on the MT8852B. The test set controls the device-under-test (DUT) using the Direct Test Mode (DTM) over USB and RS232 HCI, 2-wire or USB-to-serial-adaptor control interfaces. For development applications, the BLE Data Length Extension capability of the MT8852B is supplied with a PC application. Reference test packets can be displayed in a graphical format with the option, which also provides a clear pass/fail status for all supported measurements against the specified limits. This facilitates identifying any device failure caused during the critical design and development stages. The new Data Length Extension packet structure also supports six other BLE test cases, as well as eight Bluetooth Basic Rate and six Bluetooth EDR transmitter and receiver test cases. EDR test cases supported include Relative Transmit Power, Carrier Frequency Stability/Modulation Accuracy, Differential Phase Encoding, Sensitivity, and BER Floor Performance.MT8852B Bluetooth Test SetThe MT8852B offers the most comprehensive testing facilities of any Bluetooth test set in a solution that is small in size (half rack) and lightweight (3.3 kg). It is widely used by leading device developers and manufacturers for Bluetooth Basic Rate, EDR, Bluetooth Audio and BLE measurements. It also has the unique ability to test the Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) Bluetooth feature, which facilitates co-existence with 2.4 GHz 802.11 WLAN products. Support software includes Anritsu’s BlueSuite Pro3 and BLE Measurement Software PC applications for viewing Bluetooth packet waveforms, and CombiTest for automating high volume production test.The MT8852B BLE Data Length Extension option will be available February 16, 2015.last_img read more

Empowerment paddling in Knysna

first_img17 August 2005The Paddle Cruiser, South Africa’s only paddle-driven ship – and the Western Cape coastal town of Knysna’s newest tourist attraction – is proving a model for black economic empowerment.“We knew from the start that the vessel would have to be managed by a crew of highly skilled and dedicated people,” says William Smith, director of the Featherbed Company, which owns and operates the Paddle Cruiser.“But the problem was that South Africa had never had a vessel like this one – so we had to train new people from scratch.“We recruited and began training the boat’s managers – the men who would become its skippers – while it was still under construction,” says Smith. “Because we’re good corporate citizens, we made sure the successful candidates came from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.”Neither Floyd Herwels nor Stanley van Rooyen had had any maritime experience when they started with the Featherbed Company, but both have taken to life afloat with gusto.“I applied for the job because I wanted a change from the admin work I was doing for an insurance company,” says Van Rooyen. “And I took it on because it was a challenge.“Our training took nearly two years and earned me a Class 6 port operations license – a qualification recognised around the world.”Van Rooyen and Herwels are now equipped to take responsibility for the safety and smooth operation of the vessel and for the comfort of its passengers. This they do at least twice a day, almost every day of the year.The Paddle Cruiser experienceBuilt over a period of 18 months by Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing and launched in Cape Town in October 2003, the Paddle Cruiser was delivered to Knysna by sea.The boat is 22.7 metres long, 7.5 metres wide in the beam and has a draft of 1.4 metres. Her propellers are powered by twin Caterpillar 3056 turbodiesel engines. Electrical energy for the paddles – the boat can make four knots on its paddles alone – is supplied by two 70kVA generators.“The Paddle Cruiser has become a must-do attraction in Knysna,” says Featherbed marketing manager Debbie Stanley, “and a popular fine dining experience.“A team of top chefs prepare Mediterranean style meals: a limited Tapas menu at lunch time and an extensive hot and cold Tapas buffet at dinner. The boat is becoming increasingly popular for functions, product launches and – a trend we didn’t expect – as an unusual conference venue.”In addition to the Paddle Cruiser, the Featherbed Company operates the John Benn and Three Legs cruise boats – as well as catamaran sailing – on the Knysna lagoon, and offers visits to the Featherbed Nature Reserve at the river reporterlast_img read more

SA leads way in integrated reporting

first_img26 January 2011 A world-first integrated reporting guidance document – anticipated both locally and internationally as part of a growing push for companies and organisations to report on their total performance – was unveiled by Mervyn King in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The document offers direction to the 400 companies listed on South Africa’s JSE; companies that are obliged to produce an integrated report for their current financial years. The discussion paper views the integrated report – reporting on total performance and not just financial performance – as an organisation’s primary report, replacing the traditional annual report. The paper has the backing of a wide range of industry and professional groups in South Africa, including the Association for Savings and Investment SA, the Banking Association SA, Business Unity SA, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa, the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa, Johannesburg Stock Exchange Ltd, and the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants.‘New era in corporate reporting’ “We are entering a new era in corporate reporting,” said King, chairman of South Africa’s Integrated Reporting Committee and the King Committee. King emphasised that the old form of annual report, focusing primarily on financial information and the short-term horizon, was no longer adequate to meet the needs of investors and other stakeholders. It was for this reason that the King Committee recommended – in the King Report on Governance for South Africa 2009 (King III) – that organisations issue integrated reports, connecting material, financial and sustainability information. Stakeholders could then make an informed assessment of the long-term sustainability of a business, and how the sustainability issues pertinent to the business had been incorporated into its strategic direction. In February 2010, the JSE, through its listings requirements, made it compulsory for all listed companies to comply with King III, including the requirement for a company to produce an integrated report for its financial year starting on and after 1 March 2010, or to explain why it was not doing so.South Africa ‘had to take the lead’ “The problem is that no specific guideline or standard defining the content of an integrated report for listed companies exists in South Africa or elsewhere in the world,” King said on Tuesday. To address this need, the Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) in South Africa was formed in May 2010, and invited King to become its first chairman. Globally, the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC) was formed in July 2010. It aims to issue an international discussion paper later this year, and include integrated reporting on the agenda of the G20 meeting due to take place in November. Integrated reporting will also be on the agenda of the World Federation of Exchanges meeting in October, and will being discussed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 27 January. King said that because of the urgent need for guidance in South Africa, the local committee could not wait for the international discussion paper to be issued. South Africa’s IRC would liaise closely with the IIRC to ensure alignment, he said. King also serves as the IIRC’s deputy chairman. ‘Not just a sustainability report bolted on’ He explained that an integrated report should provide stakeholders with a meaningful and concise overview of the organisation. “An integrated report is not simply bolting the sustainability report to the financial report,” King said. “It incorporates, in clear language, material information from these and other sources to enable stakeholders to evaluate an organisation’s performance and to make an informed assessment about its ability to create and sustain value.” Integrated reporting, King added, forced companies to look at longer term horizons and at external factors such as economic, social and environmental impacts. “I believe this will lead to a fundamental shift in the way companies and directors act and organise themselves. “As companies integrate and connect the financial, economic, social, and environmental aspects into their businesses, they are likely to become more innovative and competitive and recognise new business opportunities,” King said. “Integrated reporting is an evolution of corporate reporting. It is an idea ‘whose time has come’ because of the crises of our time – the global financial crisis, climate change and ecological overshoot.”‘Significant benefits for investors’ Integrated reporting offered significant benefits for investors and other stakeholders, as it was a more transparent form of reporting, King added. “The capital markets in this country should also benefit from the improved presentation of corporate information, greater transparency, and more innovative strategy. “A responsible investment code for financial institutions (Code for Responsible Investing by Institutional Investors in South Africa) will be released shortly, and will require the institutional investor to make an informed assessment about the sustainability of the company’s business before acquiring its equity. This cannot be done by reading the financial statements alone.” The company itself should benefit from issuing an integrated report. The benefits could include a lower cost of capital, enhanced brand value and consumer loyalty, and greater trust and reputation among stakeholders. South Africa’s new Companies Act, not yet effective, allows for summaries of financial statements, in place of lengthy annual financial statements, to be provided to shareholders (although the full annual financial statements must still be available). The Act also permits the electronic distribution of this and other financial information. An integrated report could include the summarised financial statements required by the Act, thereby affording significant cost savings to the company. “I have no doubt that all these factors will translate into significant benefits for companies that embrace integrated reporting,” King said, adding that the 400 companies listed on the JSE would be among the global frontrunners in issuing integrated reports. He stressed that the guidance offered in the discussion paper could be used by any organisation, not only listed companies. The discussion paper is open for public comment until 25 April 2011, and can be downloaded from Comments can be e-mailed to [email protected] SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more