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Simple Transient-Response Measurement Determines Power-Supply Bandwidth

Simple Transient-Response Measurement Determines Power-Supply Bandwidth

It’s normal to assume that there’s an easy way to relate the bandwidth of a power-supply control loop to its transient response—no good reference exists that defines this in simple terms. It seems like a straightforward problem, which should have a simple solution. The higher the bandwidth, the faster the loop responds, and with less voltage deviation.

It's not always that straight forward, however. 


MATsolutions' insight:

Ascertaining the relationship between bandwidth and response in power supplies isn’t easy, but this idea for design presents a measurement approach that helps ease the process.


What Every Engineer Should Know about Oscilloscope Probes: Passive vs Active

What Every Engineer Should Know about Oscilloscope Probes: Passive vs Active

I’ll bet you have quite the stock of random probes on your bench. And, you’ve inevitably reached for a probe and made a measurement without even knowing which probe you were using. I’m guilty, too. Probe selection can seem awfully confusing, so we often resort to this “random selection.”

 

The fact is, probe selection can significantly affect your measurement, so let’s break this down and walk through the one simple thing every engineer should know about oscilloscope probes: what the difference is between passive and active. Use this guide as the first step to better, more accurate measurements.


MATsolutions' insight:

Do you have a random stock of probes on your bench? Probe selection can seem confusing at times and it's also proven that the choice significantly can affect your measurement.

This guide will walk you through the first step to better, more accurate measurements.


5G Data Requirements to Amplify the Need for Network Testing

5G Data Requirements to Amplify the Need for Network Testing

A tremendous increase in global mobile data traffic due to the use of video and other high data applications on smartphones is causing network overloads. Wireless network testing is witnessing a resurgence due to the high demand for a better customer experience.

 

Traditional drive test solutions are no longer sufficient to provide a true picture of the quality a customer is experiencing. Thus, there is a need for additional operation support systems (OSS) tools with geo-location, as well as highly effective active and passive monitoring probes.


MATsolutions' insight:

The  increasing global mobile data traffic is causing network overloads due to the use of video and other high data applications on smartphones.

 

Wireless network testing is facing a high demand for a better customer experience. Traditional solutions aren't enough to provide a true picture of the quality a customer is experiencing. Thus, there is a need for additional operation support systems (OSS) tools with geo-location, as well as highly effective active and passive monitoring probes.


Top 10 Things to Consider When Selecting a Digitizer/Oscilloscope

Top 10 Things to Consider When Selecting a Digitizer/Oscilloscope

The modern day digital storage oscilloscope is dramatically different from the cathode ray oscilloscope German scientist Karl Ferdinand Braun invented in 1897. Technology advances continue to provide new features that make the oscilloscope more useful to engineers, but one of the most significant transformations of the oscilloscope was its transition into the digital domain, which enabled powerful features such as digital signal processing and waveform analysis. Digital oscilloscopes today include a high-speed, low-resolution (typically 8 bits) analog-to-digital converter (ADC), defined controls and display, and a built-in processor to run software algorithms for common measurements.

Since oscilloscopes are PC-based, you have the advantage of being able to define your instrument functionality in software. As a result, you can use an oscilloscope not only for general measurements, but also for custom measurements, and even as a spectrum analyzer, frequency counter, ultrasonic receiver, or other instrument. With their open architecture and flexible software, oscilloscopes provide several advantages over traditional stand-alone oscilloscopes. When choosing an oscilloscope there are many considerations to keep in mind when selecting the instrument to fit your application.

This paper discusses the top 10 things you should keep in mind if you are considering a new digitizer/oscilloscop


MATsolutions' insight:

Technology advances continue to provide new features that make the oscilloscope more useful to us engineers.There are now many factors to take into consideration when choosing an instrument to fit your application. Here are the 10 most important ones.


The Tek Pulse: The latest and greatest engineering and science posts?

The Tek Pulse: The latest and greatest engineering and science posts?

greatest engineering and science posts

MATsolutions' insight:

A few good, recent engineering and science posts. Including a record for the fastest light pulse and a new 4-D camera that could improve VR, robots and self-driving cars, to how you can send lemonade to your friends online.


5 Reasons Why Pharmaceutical Companies Should Use Accredited Calibration Labs?

5 Reasons Why Pharmaceutical Companies Should Use Accredited Calibration Labs?

Instruments in pharmaceutical companies should be calibrated so that their performance and results can be trusted. There should be no shred of doubt if the equipment has been calibrated as per the required standards or not. This is why you must use an accredited calibration lab for your equipment calibration. 


Pharmaceutical companies cannot afford to be lenient about calibration or compromise on the quality. Any kind of inaccurate measurement can cause a breach of process, product recall or potential fines from the FDA. Moreover, the user’s life could be put at risk. Even if there is a small variance, you can be subjected to large cost over-runs and a dip in the quality. 


To avoid such issues, you must use calibration service of accredited labs. There will be a massive difference in the accuracy and quality of the service you receive from an accredited lab as compared to a non-accredited lab.Let us look at 5 benefits that accredited calibration labs provide:


MATsolutions' insight:
Pharmaceutical companies can't afford to compromise on the quality. Any kind of inaccurate measurement can cause a breach of process, product recall or potential fines from the FDA. Moreover, the user’s life could be put at risk.
 
Getting your equipment calibrated in accredited labs will help to avoid this. Here are 5 benefits that accredited calibration labs provide.
 
#calibration 

Webinar | Real Time RF Recording & Analysis

Webinar | Real Time RF Recording & Analysis

Our wireless enabled world presents the most complex electromagnetic experiment. Terrestrial network operators, spectrum managers and satellite broadcasters all face the same problem, how do we characterize such a dynamic subject?
 
Directly recording the RF spectrum provides the most detailed and accurate information but recording RF signals has been expensive, complex and time consuming to produce meaningful information.
 
The Tektronix family of Real Time Spectrum Analyzers provide a powerful yet surprisingly simple suite of tools to address these problems.

About the Webinar:
 
  • During the live webinar we will explore the following topics:
  • Real time RF recording methods
  • Computing/Storage performance considerations
  • Offline signal analysis
  • Real time signal generation

Who should attend:

  • RF Technicians
  • Spectrum Managers
  • RF Network Operators
  • RADAR/EW Developers

MATsolutions' insight:

Directly recording the RF spectrum provides the most detailed and accurate information but recording RF signals has been expensive, complex and time consuming to produce meaningful information.

 
Tektronix team of Real Time Spectrum Analyzers provide a tips of how to address these problems in this on-demand webinar. 

The Oscilloscope: Basic Features & Functions

The Oscilloscope: Basic Features & Functions

This poster provides basic features and functions of the oscilloscope including tips for capturing your signal and advanced triggering. Easy to print on 11x17 paper for an ideal reference to post in your lab, office or anywhere you use your oscilloscope. re to edit the content


MATsolutions' insight:

Looking for something nice to put up on the wall in the lab? Tektronix provides an overview of the Oscilloscope; basic features and functions + tips for capturing your signal and advanced triggering. Check it out. 


Why You Need to Calibrate Your Noise Measurement Equipment

Why You Need to Calibrate Your Noise Measurement Equipment

If you are using your noise measurement instruments to meet any Standards, Regulations or Guidelines, it is essential that your equipment is measuring accurately. 

 

Most modern standards, regulations of guidelines will clearly state the standards to which the equipment must comply.


MATsolutions' insight:

Ever thought about why calibration of your noise measurement instruments is important? Here are a few reasons.


Find the Right Analog Signal Generator - National Instruments

Find the Right Analog Signal Generator - National Instruments

Analog output instruments provide static or dynamic multichannel analog output signals. They enable you to create applications such as stimulus-response, power supply control, deterministic control, and sensor/signal simulation. Analog Output Devices offer various output resolutions, channel counts, and other onboard features, so you can replace several kinds of instruments in your system, including stand-alone proportional integral derivative (PID) controllers, low-speed arbitrary waveform generators, and function generators. Basic, DAC-based analog output devices should generally only be used for low-speed waveform and static generation applications.


MATsolutions' insight:

Analog signal generators can be used for an almost countless number of test and measurement applications, from sensor simulation and stimulation to signal input simulation in electrical functional test to RF communication signals. Learn about some of the options for analog signal generation and choose the right instrument for your application.


ABCs of Probes E-book

ABCs of Probes E-book

The wrong probe can distort your oscilloscope measurements or even interfere with the behavior in the circuit under test. This 60-page probe primer has everything you need to know to measure signals accurately, especially at today’s higher speeds:

  • An illustrated reference to all oscilloscope probe types, including passive, high-speed differential, and precision current probes
  • Explanations of probe specifications that help you choose the right probe for the job and avoid measurement mistakes
  • Background on probe safety ratings and proper grounding techniques to keep you and your test equipment as safe as possible
  • A glossary of oscilloscope probe terminology

This material will help you choose the right probe so you can make critical, high-quality oscilloscope measurements with confidence. Download your free digital copy today!


MATsolutions' insight:

The wrong probe can distort your oscilloscope measurements or even interfere with the behavior in the circuit under test. This 60-page probe e-book has everything you need to know to measure signals accurately, especially at today’s higher speeds


Current and Evolving Opportunities for Professional Services in the Test and Measurement Market, Forecast to 2021

Current and Evolving Opportunities for Professional Services in the Test and Measurement Market, Forecast to 2021

This research service analyzes new areas of advanced services that test equipment companies want to invest in—beyond the traditional services of repair, calibration, and leasing. It provides forecasts from 2016 to 2021 for 3 main advanced service sectors namely, asset management, prototyping and consulting, and test data analytics for manufacturing.

Some of the key questions that this study will answer are as follows.

• What are the new advanced service-based business models emerging in the T&M services space?
• Are existing competitors structured correctly to meet customer needs related to advanced services?
• To what extent have competitors in the T&M services space developed capabilities related to advanced services?
• What is the total market size of the global advanced services market in T&M and what are its growth opportunities?
• Are existing services offered meeting customer needs or is additional development needed?
• Which end-user verticals show major growth opportunities?


MATsolutions' insight:

It is no secret that getting profitability from hardware in the professional services Test and Measurement market has become challenging.  

There is a need for new designs to be more flexible to the constantly changing technology.  More about this and Current and Evolving Opportunities for Professional Services in the Test and Measurement Market, Forecast to 2021. #industryinsightstuesday


Understanding and Characterizing Timing Jitter?

Understanding and Characterizing Timing Jitter?

This 24-page e-book offers straightforward, practical techniques for making timing jitter measurements without the need for complex statistical calculations.

  • Graphical examples illustrate the key jitter visualization techniques and when to use each one, including eye diagrams, histograms, trend plots, and spectra.
     
  • Techniques for measuring and isolating jitter components let you manage jitter, create more reliable data links in your designs, and ensure they're compliant with the relevant standards.
     
  • Includes the background information you need to start using today's powerful jitter analysis software successfully

This material will help you face your next serial interface test with confidence, and avoid product release delays and additional testing costs. Download your free digital guide today.


MATsolutions' insight:

This 24-page e-book offers straightforward, practical techniques for making timing jitter measurements without the need for complex statistical calculations.


Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis?

Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis?

Real-time spectrum analyzers are unparalleled for observing radio frequencies that change over time. Now, you can gain understanding and confidence in applying real-time spectrum analysis to dynamic RF signals. Our 52-page primer, Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis, will help you understand everything this technology has to offer.


MATsolutions' insight:

Learn how to apply real-time spectrum analyzers to improve your RF designs. This "Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis"  e-book by Tektronix will help you understand everything this technology has to offer.


Get the answers you need for IoT wireless testing from NB-IoT to NFC?

Get the answers you need for IoT wireless testing from NB-IoT to NFC?

From design verification to manufacturing to conformance testing, simplify your IoT wireless testing with cross-platform measurement algorithms and one-button standard compliance measurement software.


MATsolutions' insight:

Incompatible or inconsistent test results across your IoT wireless testing platforms can mean big time delays in your development schedule, Keysight about how optimize your IoT designs for power consumption, RF performance and interoperability and get your products to market faster.


Changes in the test and measurement market

Changes in the test and measurement market

With enormous change in the types of product coming to market and the way in which they are being designed, it is obvious that those companies that deliver test and measurement equipment are also having to adapt. 

 

“Design engineers are becoming more application focused,” explains Bob Bluhm, VP, Value Instruments, Rohde & Schwarz. “As a result, their starting point is much closer to the problem, which is a good place to come up with a solution.”


MATsolutions' insight:

The test and measurement equipment market is changing, are you adapting? 

 


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