Archive for August, 2010

The Instrumentation and Measurements Magazine

Monday, August 30th, 2010

This is the magazine published by the Society for IMM and for its members but may I suggest that you take a look at it and maybe put it on your favorites list of your browser. Further, I think the society would warmly receive your interest in becoming a member of the society.

Survey of Specifications for Digital Oscilloscopes

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The table for comparing 18 different models from the different manufacturers makes a handy reference worth printing out if you are looking for solutions to a particular project.

Building your own Digital Oscilloscope

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

How would you like a nifty little general purpose digital oscilloscope and probe for under $100?   I know what you are thinking.   You have just read about the Tata car from India that sells for under $2,500.00 and the world PC for underdeveloped countries designed by MIT designed to sell for under $100 [...]

Selecting the right Digital Oscilloscope

Monday, August 16th, 2010

In an engineering situation where you have a specific need it often dictates the right equipment that you must have to do the job. In fact, many engineers and scientists are in collaborative environments where they tend to use the same instruments in order to have objective data collection and repeatability of experimentation.  This applies [...]

Is the Race On? 30GHz Bandwidth

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Agilent Announcement: Yesterday (August 10, 2010) Agilent Technologies, Inc. announced the introduction of new probes for their line of digital oscilloscopes.  These new probes utilize “graphics double data rate 5 (GDDR5) compliance test application packages and GDDR5 ball-grid array (BGA) probes for oscilloscopes. The new tools help engineers accelerate the turn-on and debug of GDDR5-based [...]

Oscilloscope Probes

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Oscilloscope Probes You might think designing your own oscilloscope probes – for whatever application you have in mind – is an esoteric task.   It is not.  Want the proof?  Just google (or bing) the words “oscilloscope probe design” and see what you come up with.  There are even a few Youtube videos with interesting [...]

Logic Analyzer at Work

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Let’s say you are working on a logic circuit that you need to know what is going on at several points in the  timing cycle.  And, you wish to view them simultaneously.  Here is a logic connection tool that allows connection at various points and a cable connection to the logic analyzer on the front [...]

The Many Faces of Digital Oscilloscopes

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

There are many types and classes of oscilloscopes and it is difficult to classify them all.   New applications are coming along regularly as the latest technology and products demand new testing and measurement methods. A very nice page has been assembled by DigitalOscilloscopes.org which appears to be advertiser sponsored.  At least the right hand [...]

IEEE – Instrumentation and Measurement Society

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.   And, in this case, our Santa Clause is the IEEE or International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers,  the largest professional organization in the world consisting of over 350,000 members and broken down into some 30 plus societies.  The Instrumentation and Measurements Society is just one of [...]

Logic Analyzer Basics

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The digital oscilloscope with logic analyzer functionality would offer these basic specifications: SPEED:  how fast, or conversely, the bandwidth of the input amplifier of the digital oscilloscope.  It is necessary to have very high speed to look at logic events going on in modern CPU and switching devices. CHANNELS:  how many input channels are available. [...]