Understanding what makes Tektronix real time spectrum analyzers different from traditional instruments

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One of the questions we often hear from customers is how a Tektronix real time spectrum analyzer such as the RSA5000 Series compares to a traditional spectrum or vector signal analyzer for capturing and analyzing signals. Since there are a significant number of distinguishing features I thought this would be a great topic for a blog post where I can go into a bit more depth.  

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NEWS BLOG: Get a handle on energy consumption and harmonics sooner rather than later

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If  the electronic device you are developing plugs into the wall for power, chances are that you will need to send it to a compliance lab to ensure it meets a  variety of international standards such as CE, IEC, CEC, CQC, Energy Star, and SPECpower.

Each trip to the compliance lab, depending on the lab’s pricing and the complexity of the required tests and the DUT, will cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. Assuming all goes well, that cost is factored into the development budget and you can schedule testing in advance so you’re not delaying the product release date.

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New eGuide Sheds Light on High Speed Serial Test

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The performance of next generation digital interface standards like USB 3.1 and DDR4 memory is going one direction: faster and faster still. These standards – now heading toward 16 Gb/s in the case of PCI Express -- are pushing the limits of compliance and debug tools and pose a variety of Tx and Rx measurement and design challenges including:

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My Eye Media and 3rd i QC Turn to Tektronix Waveform Rasterizers for 4K Video Content Quality Control

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Quality control has always been important for all forms of home entertainment content and broadcast material. But now, with the advent of 4K and UHD, QC is an absolutely vital part of the process that can’t be compromised in any way. As broadcast standards and technologies move forward, consumer expectations – especially those of early adopters – are extremely high. QC of 4K/UHD content is a critical step toward meeting those expectations, and studios, producers and streaming content providers are turning to the quality control experts at Tektronix for help.

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Convenient and cost-effective EMI pre-compliance testing

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How do you deal with electromagnetic interference (EMI) when you don’t know where it’s coming from and in what form it exists? For decades, engineers have found ways to battle and win against this disturbance, but it’s never going to go away permanently. So, what can we do to speed up finding the source of unwanted EMI and mitigating it?

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