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5G moves forward, one topology at a time

5G moves forward, one topology at a time
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5G has made a lot of exciting advancement in 2018.  Take a look at this article to see what has happened and when we can expect to start using equipment with the new technology. 

 



Article Excerpt:

5G continues to move forward, but will 2018 be the year we remember as the year 5G became a reality? Let’s take a look at what’s happened and what we can expect. 

 


How to Evaluate Oscilloscope Signal Integrity

How to Evaluate Oscilloscope Signal Integrity
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To gauge a more accurate measurement, it is important to look for good signal integrity in an oscilloscope. Learn how to check how yours is doing, and make it a requirement when shopping for your next one.

 

 



Article Excerpt:

Oscilloscope signal integrity impacts signal shape and measurement values. This article is intended to help you assess the signal integrity of your oscilloscope and make trustworthy measurements.
 


Pro tip: 3 ways of automatically creating test scripts on Keithley instruments | Tektronix

Pro tip: 3 ways of automatically creating test scripts on Keithley instruments | Tektronix
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Save yourself time (and headaches) by creating test scripts automatically, and get your setup commands directly from the equipment. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Writing test code can be challenging enough on its own but add poring over the instrument programming manual to extract the right series of commands and you may quickly find yourself with a headache. It would stand to reason that you could save considerable time if your instrument just told you how to program it. The good news is that if you select the right piece of equipment, this is entirely possible.


Working with waveforms in mixed-domain oscilloscopes

Working with waveforms in mixed-domain oscilloscopes
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The Tektronix MDO3000 Series oscilloscope’s internal AFG has a library of 13 permanent waveforms. Shop the series here.

 



Article Excerpt:

Waveform generators generally contain a library of common waveforms, which can be individually accessed and displayed by running a BNC cable to an active analog channel input in an oscilloscope. Most oscilloscopes have, available as an option, an internal arbitrary function generator (AFG), which permits the user to create an endless variety of waveforms and display and save them to internal memory or to an external medium. These internal AFGs also have a selection of pre-made waveforms, although not as extensive as in the stand-alone bench-type waveform generators.


Testing Power Supplies: Small Issues Have Big Effect on Results

Testing Power Supplies: Small Issues Have Big Effect on Results
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To make sure you are getting the most accurate results when testing power supplies, try out these simple tasks that may make a big difference. 

 



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Even though the cables between a source supply and a regulator are basic dc, some basic issues must be addressed to ensure viable results and test integrity.
 


Temporary Wiring: How to plan for test facilities and the outdoors

Temporary Wiring: How to plan for test facilities and the outdoors
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Occasionally, test regimes will require test instruments to be set up outdoors, and research needs to be done in temporary areas. This article will help you make sure your setup is done safely. 

 

 



Article Excerpt:

"This means that if you are prototyping electrical equipment, you can use wire nuts outside of an enclosure to splice in power and you don’t have to worry about NEC compliance. On the other hand, this must not be allowed to become a permanent installation."

 


Measure phase difference with an oscilloscope

Measure phase difference with an oscilloscope
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This article provides insight into some different methods to measure phase with an oscilloscope. Do you have a favorite one? 

 



Article Excerpt:

"All periodic signals can be described in terms of amplitude and phase. We all learned that in basic circuit theory. You surely recall having to calculate signal's phase change when it passed through a network. Fortunately, you can also measure phase with an oscilloscope using several methods."



VIDEO: Automatic Measurements in the Time Domain

VIDEO: Automatic Measurements in the Time Domain
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Take a look at this video using the Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope to taking automatic measurements in the time domain.

 

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Article Excerpt:

"A Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope is used to demonstrate the use of Automatic Measurements as a troubleshooting and design tool."

 


Turning Wi-Fi testing sideways: Inside Verizon's Sideways House

Turning Wi-Fi testing sideways: Inside Verizon's Sideways House
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Take a look inside Verizon's Sideways House used to conduct testing for Fios and eventually, 5G. 



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When a company tests how well their residential Wi-Fi access points work, they want to replicate the home environment as closely as possible, right down to building materials and furniture. Often that means renting or purchasing a more-or-less typical suburban home to use as a test house. Some even outfit the house with tracks on which device-equipped test robots can run, to assess device and network performance as a user moves from room to room.

USB vs. Benchtop—The Great Test-Equipment Debate

USB vs. Benchtop—The Great Test-Equipment Debate
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Benchtop or USB Oscilloscopes? Both have pros and cons such as higher performance, or more accessibility.  This article explores the key advantages and disadvantages. Which one do you prefer? 

 

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Article Excerpt:

Both form factors have their benefactors. But when making decisions on equipment, it’s essential that you first meticulously evaluate your needs and look at critical specs.
 


How to Validate Embedded FPGA

How to Validate Embedded FPGA
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These insights on the embedded FPGA (eFPGA) show us that it isn't just about the design but it has also been highly tested with validation chips and automated test systems to ensure first-time success. 

 



Article Excerpt:

How do you validate an embedded FGPA? Flex Logix’s Abhijit Abhyankar offers his take in a talk with Technology Editor Bill Wong.
 


Check and Control IoT Power Consumption

Check and Control IoT Power Consumption
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IoT devices are made to run a long time on small batteries. This can be done through the planning stage with measurement strategies and test equipment. 

 



Article Excerpt:

Optimum power management is one of the key design goals in any Internet of Things device. The trick is measuring the device’s power consumption under rapidly changing conditions.
 


How to avoid errors in low-voltage measurements

How to avoid errors in low-voltage measurements
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It is important to avoid the common mistakes many make when doing tests involving low-voltage measurements. What are some other mistakes often made that aren't listed in this article? 

 



Article Excerpt:

"Subtle difficulties can plague tests involving low voltages. Here are the biggest culprits and surefire ways to avoid them." 

 


4½ Practical Uses for a Diode

4½ Practical Uses for a Diode
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Diodes are non-linear and passive devices. Learn more about them in this article and see 4½ practical uses for them.

 



Article Excerpt:

The ubiquitous diode—though you likely have a good understanding of this device, this primer of sorts acts as a quick-read guide, highlighting many of the essentials you need to know.
 


Not All Emulators Are Created Equal

Not All Emulators Are Created Equal
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Hardware-emulation adoption has become a mandatory verification tool in Silicon Valley. Right now, there are three different hardware-emulation technologies, architectures, and implementations. Do you know what they are? 

 



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Speed, throughput, and latency are the key parameters in determining hardware-emulation performance.
 


EMI emissions testing: peak, quasi-peak, and average measurements

EMI emissions testing: peak, quasi-peak, and average measurements
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For EMI testing, it is important to have a spectrum analyzer that has the right software to support the different types of testing.  View our spectrum analyzers here: http://srenew.al/191829

 



Article Excerpt:

EMI emissions testing is critical to bringing a product to market. Most electrical and electronic products require regulatory compliance testing, which must be performed in an approved test lab. Such testing can be expensive, especially if the product fails. A failed test can result in lost time to market and cost overruns. 

To minimize unwanted trips to the test lab prior to compliance tests, you can measure EMI emissions from your product. Not only will this increase your chances of passing emission compliance testing the first time, it can help you identify potential issues early on and reduce the need for last-minute product redesigns. There are several measurements you can do using a spectrum analyzer or EMI receiver.

 


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