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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 …
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 …
Tektronix 4 Series MSO vs Keysight 4000A X-Series Oscilloscopes Thursday, April 2, 2020
In this blog I will talk about the operational similarities and differences between the Tektronix 4 Series MSO and the Keysight 4000A X-Series oscilloscopes. I will be looking at not only datasheets, but instrument user guides as well. User guides can be lengthy to explore, but they provide a wealth of information on instrument settings and limitations that you may not be aware of after reading …
Working from Home Tuesday, March 31, 2020
11 Tips for Staying Productive When Your Entire Workflow is Upended For millions, pajama pants just became your new work clothes and the dining room your new conference room. If you are like me, social distancing comes naturally, but advancing my work from home in separation from my team gets tricky. In these trying times, we're also reminded what “essential” really means for our community. Tami …
RSA7100B Wideband RF Signal Analyzer and Streaming Recorder Targets Challenging Real-World Test Scenarios Sunday, March 8, 2020
The new RSA7100B wideband RF signal analyzer and streaming recorder is now available, giving engineers a powerful solution for evaluating and characterizing wideband communications, radar and electronic warfare systems. This latest addition to the Tektronix family of real-time spectrum analyzers offers impressive specs and capabilities, including more than 2.5 hours of streaming RF storage at 800 …

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