Design Con 2015

Test & Measurement

Martin Rowe
Senior Technical Editor
Technical information about test and measurement equipment and strategies from the point of view of the R&D or design and development engineer. Topics include T&M hardware such as oscilloscopes and signal generators/analyzers, as well as software and test methodologies.

Top design and test products recognized at DesignCon

At DesignCon 2015, the Best in Design & Test Product Awards recognized the best products at the chip, board, and system level, with an emphasis on signal and power integrity. Read More...

Moore's Law extends to cover human progress

Moore's Law comes from the way people work and we can derive Moore’s-like laws for almost any developing technology or human endeavor. Read More...

Ten events for your DesignCon 2015 dance card

Ransom Stephens offers ten events to check out at DesignCon 2015. Read More...

Measurement, NFL style

The controversy over the inflation pressure on NFL footballs is a measurement issue. Read More...

Signal integrity testing with a VNA

How important are RF connectors and how do you characterize signal integrity on a VNA? Read More...

100G standards and measurements come to the forefront at DesignCon

In two short videos, EDN's Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe talks with Chris Loberg about the current state of 100G standards and measurements. Read More...

DMM provides numerical and graphical displays

The DMM7510 from Keithley Instruments combines a 7.5-digit DMM with a digitizer and touch screen, letting you measure and view voltage and current. Read More...

EMC questions answered (part 6)

Several questions on EMC measurements and product design were asked during my recent webinar on troubleshooting EMI problems. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to answer them all, so here they are with answers. Read More...

USB 3.1 testing: Start to finish, part 1

Learn the basics of transmitter and receiver testing for the latest version of USB, which operates at 10 Gbits/s. Read More...

Deliver the power

Many of today's signal-integrity problems are really power-delivery problems. Read More...

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Bad-bulb finder fixes Christmas lights

15 years later, here’s a new take on one of our most popular Design Ideas ever! Read More...

Power transient buffer enables IC & circuit testing

This DI lets you use a versatile function generator to test a circuit’s response to power transients and noise. Read More...

Antilog converter linearizes carbon dioxide sensor

Simplify gas sensor interface with some analog preprocessing. Read More...

Sub-picofarad measurement with CMOS inverters

Measure capacitance down to 2.5pF full-scale using this hex inverter-based design. Read More...

Short circuit tracer/finder uses low power

Build this bench tool and become a master at pinpointing shorts. Read More...

LabVIEW real-time seismic alert system

National Instrument’s LabVIEW has uses beyond instrument control, as demonstrated by this Web app. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Robust 10MHz reference clock input protection circuit and distributor for RF systems

Design a protected 10MHz reference input without degrading phase noise. Read More...

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Ethernet acquisition module offers 16-bit resolution

A multifunction data-acquisition device, the E-1608 from Measurement Computing measures eight single-ended or four differential analog inputs at a sample rate of up to 250 ksamples/s with 16-bit resolution. Read More...

RF/microwave power sensor works unattended

Covering a frequency range of 1 MHz to 18 GHz, the LB5918A power sensor from LadyBug Technologies performs general-purpose average power, true RMS, and scalar measurements with a dynamic range of –60 dBm to +20 dBm. Read More...

DMM provides numerical and graphical displays

The DMM7510 from Keithley Instruments combines a 7.5-digit DMM with a digitizer and touch screen, letting you measure and view voltage and current. Read More...

Testers perform HDMI 2.0 6G electrical measurements

Rohde & Schwarz has added two test modules to its VTC, VTE, and VTS video tester family to enable interoperability testing of HDMI 2.0 6G consumer electronic equipment. Read More...

EMI receiver enables compliance testing up to 3.6 GHz

Keysight Technologies now offers the N9038A MXE EMI receiver in a configuration that covers a frequency range of 20 Hz to 3.6 GHz, offering a lower-cost alternative for commercial manufacturers that perform compliance testing in their own facilities and do not require measurements at higher frequencies. Read More...

Scope software characterizes LPDDR4 designs

Aimed at systems that employ low-power double-data-rate 4 memory, the N6462A software application from Keysight Technologies allows engineers to test and validate designs to ensure compliance with the LPDDR4 JEDEC JESD209-1 standard. Read More...

Mainstream oscilloscopes get capacitive touchscreens

Keysight's 3000T X-Series get you one step closer to the user interface that will eventually become the standard. Read More...

Chipset measures 3-phase AC power

Analog Devices chipset measure 3-phase electrical energy using shunts as current sensors. The chipset comprises the ADE7978, the ADE7933/ADE7932, and ADE7923. Read More...

Rapidly move wireless algorithms to prototypes

The LabVIEW Communications System Design Suite lets engineers quickly develop SDRs and prototype them. Read More...

See the details with an HD thermal imager

Fluke's TiX1000 series of high-definition thermal imaging cameras let you see temperature on circuit components, wires, even whole cities. Read More...

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The Tektronix 1101 oscilloscope-probe power supply

A mechanical design is at once a masterpiece and an expensive expedient. Read More...

What's inside a smart meter? iFixit tears it down

When iFixit's Kyle Wiens had the opportunity to tear down an Elster smart meter, he jumped at it—not to come up with a repair manual but to evaluate the health and safety issues that seem to surround the utilities’ installation of smart meters. Read More...

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100G standards and measurements come to the forefront at DesignCon

In two short videos, EDN's Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe talks with Chris Loberg about the current state of 100G standards and measurements. Read More...

USB 3.1 testing: Start to finish, part 1

Learn the basics of transmitter and receiver testing for the latest version of USB, which operates at 10 Gbits/s. Read More...

Deliver the power

Many of today's signal-integrity problems are really power-delivery problems. Read More...

Stressing of redundant memory bits during burn-in test

Uniformly stress-test memory during burn-in, including the spare cells. Read More...

DesignCon 2015: Focus on test and measurement

Get a preview of some test equipment you'll see at DesignCon 2015. Read More...

Model package parasitics with IBIS

Modeling parasitic capacitance and inductance lets you predict system performance. Read More...

The myth called "ground"

"Ground" is probably the most misunderstood and misused term in electrical engineering. Read More...

Trigger and synchronize digitizers to acquire the right data

Acquiring data usually requires that you define a known point in a waveform. Because signals can have any shape, you often need to use different triggers to acquire a signal based on a specific characteristic. Read More...

Test challenges for USB 3.1 SuperSpeedPlus

Testing for USB 3.1 involves not only measuring traditional eye diagrams, but also RF analysis using spectrum analyzers, time domain reflectometry, transmission characterization using S-parameters, and the new requirement for loopback receiver testing. Here's how to do it. Read More...

10 More tricks to extend oscilloscope usefulness

Make yourself look like the company's oscilloscope expert with these ten handy tips and tricks. Read More...

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Top design and test products recognized at DesignCon

At DesignCon 2015, the Best in Design & Test Product Awards recognized the best products at the chip, board, and system level, with an emphasis on signal and power integrity. Read More...

Moore's Law extends to cover human progress

Moore's Law comes from the way people work and we can derive Moore’s-like laws for almost any developing technology or human endeavor. Read More...

Ten events for your DesignCon 2015 dance card

Ransom Stephens offers ten events to check out at DesignCon 2015. Read More...

Measurement, NFL style

The controversy over the inflation pressure on NFL footballs is a measurement issue. Read More...

Signal integrity testing with a VNA

How important are RF connectors and how do you characterize signal integrity on a VNA? Read More...

EMC questions answered (part 6)

Several questions on EMC measurements and product design were asked during my recent webinar on troubleshooting EMI problems. Unfortunately, we ran out of time to answer them all, so here they are with answers. Read More...

Tips to optimize high-speed serial design

Papers and presentations at DesignCon 2015 address critical areas of high-speed design. Here’s a preview of some of them. Read More...

No glitter, games, or gimmicks, please

Trade show exhibits should stick to the technical and spare us the distractions. Read More...

Conference forum addresses test & measurement challenges

Highlights from the upcoming Keysight Education Forum at DesignCon 2015. Read More...

High-powered radiated immunity pre-compliance testing on your workbench

There may be occasions when it’s desirable to perform radiated immunity pre-compliance testing to levels higher than the near field probing methods I’ve described in an earlier blog posting. This posting shows how you may achieve up to 50 V/m on your bench top. Read More...

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