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As 5G Advances the Need for Equipment Calibration and Maintenance Accelerates Tuesday, July 21, 2020
The promise of 5G is drawing near and will bring about many changes throughout the next decade and will change the way we interact with technology on a day-to-day basis. With its ultra-fast speeds and unprecedented response times, the complex information that can be transmitted through 5G’s High Band frequencies has the potential for and virtually unlimited possibilities for growth and advancement …
A Better Method for Analyzing Ripple on Power Rails Friday, July 17, 2020
How Spectrum View Outperforms Traditional Oscilloscope FFTs with Tighter Frequency Resolution Over Wider Ranges Debugging embedded systems often involves looking for clues that are hard to discover just by looking at one domain at a time. The ability to view time and frequency domains simultaneously can enable you to measure a power rail’s voltage during wireless transmissions or observe nearfield …
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5 Hidden Costs of Using Low-Cost Calibration Providers Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Equipment calibration is essential to improving a company’s bottom line by minimizing the risk of product defects and recalls and enhancing a reputation for consistent quality. In its most basic form, calibration is the measuring of an instrument against a standard. As instruments become more complicated, successfully identifying and applying best practices can reduce business expenses and improve …
An Introduction to Using Phasor Diagrams on Oscilloscopes for 3-Phase Power Analysis Wednesday, June 10, 2020
When you are working with 3-phase systems, having phasor diagrams available on your oscilloscope can save time during setup and provide faster insight into your system. In general, alternating voltages or currents are represented graphically as voltage or current versus time waveforms. This is the traditional oscilloscope view. A three-phase system consists of three sinusoidal AC voltages and …
How New Oscilloscope ASICs Enable Higher Resolution Measurements Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Advancements in serial data communications, power management and power conversion technologies have made capturing, observing, and analyzing more intricate signal details crucial for accurate measurements and efficient troubleshooting. Tektronix’s 4, 5, and 6 Series oscilloscopes are meeting that demand by enabling higher resolution with their 12-bit ADC acquisition systems. The goal of this blog …
3 Series MDO Users: 7 Enhancements You Can Get for Free Thursday, May 14, 2020
Some firmware releases are mostly bug fixes and minor improvements, but the April 2020 firmware release for the 3 Series MDO is different. It provides a total of 11 major performance enhancements and capabilities, and 7 of these are the focus of this post. They include significant performance improvements, features that were requested by users of the popular MDO3000 Series, and additional value …
Captured RF Signal Playback on the TSG4100A Using the AFG31000 Thursday, April 23, 2020
Introduction: Radio Frequency (RF) signals are used widely in today’s world. RF transmitters have become so pervasive that they can be found in almost any location imaginable: consumer electronics in homes, medical devices in hospitals, industrial control systems in factories, and even tracking devices implanted underneath the skin of livestock, pets, and people. This presents a challenge with RF …
Making Higher Accuracy Oscilloscope Measurements Thursday, April 23, 2020
One of the most important functional blocks in a digital oscilloscope is the analog-to-digital converter or ADC. This blog post explains why ADC resolution (number of bits) has become a more important consideration in oscilloscopes, especially for measuring small signal details. ADC Resolution FIGURE 1. A generalized signal flow through a digital oscilloscope   Many high-precision instruments …
How Keithley’s New 2601B-PULSE Can Help Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) Designers Save More Lives Tuesday, April 21, 2020
It’s late at night and you’re driving home. You’re tired and just want to get to bed. But then, all of a sudden, you are faced with a big animal in the middle of the road. Immediately, your car slams on the brakes to prevent you from hitting the animal and from swerving off the road. Through the technology of light detection and ranging – better known as LIDAR, your vehicle has protected you from …
6 Series Oscilloscope with a Near Field Probe
Troubleshooting EMI – 2 Tips and a Case Study Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Your design is exceeding the radiated emissions allowed by EMC regulations, now what? Whether you’re performing pre-compliance testing or troubleshooting a failed formal compliance test, our latest generation oscilloscopes make what was once an overwhelming task far simpler and more straightforward. Below are two helpful tips and a case study to help you troubleshoot EMI. For an even deeper dive …


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