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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.

Review: The Aaronia BicoLOG 30100X and HyperLOG 7060 EMI antennas

The majority of my work includes troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing for clients and I’m always on the lookout for useful EMI equipment to make my job easier. In this review I'll be trying out the Aaronia BicoLOG 30100X (30 to 1000 MHz active antenna with attached 40 dB preamp) and a HyperLOG 7060 (700 MHz to 6 GHz log-periodic). Read More...

PCIe Update: Power, IoT, storage, OCuLink, simulation, and equalization

Quick update on what’s hot in PCIe from the 2015 PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference. Read More...

Workshop opened my eyes to the latest in test

Attending Keysight's Advanced Measurement Lab was a worthwhile experience, one that leaped me into the latest measurement technology. Read More...

EtherCAT platform permits motion-function scalability

Comprising a Talos-3012 IEC 61131-3-compliant automation controller and an EPS series time-deterministic I/O and motion control system, Adlink’s EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) platform aims to speed up the development, deployment, and expansion of industrial smart-factory applications. Read More...

Record and analyze RF and wireless signals

The RP-6100 series from Averna lets you record hours of RF and wireless signals for analysis. Read More...

Beware of hidden antennas!

There are many causes of radiated emissions and the product designer needs to be able to identify the “hidden antennas” that cause this. Read More...

AWG software enables HDMI 2.0 pattern creation

Hosted on Tektronix’ AWG7000 and AWG70000 series of arbitrary waveform generators, HDMXpress software offers advanced analysis and characterization support for HDMI 2.0 receiver testing, including HDMI test-pattern generation, auto-calibration, and margin testing. Read More...

Silicon photonics: Will the hare finally catch the tortoise?

Silicon photonics is sort of like fusion energy, always right around the corner. But this time, it's for sure. Read More...

Introduction to AXIe

New to AXIe? Larry Desjardin offers this primer on AXIe basics. Read More...

14-bit digitizer permits low-noise measurements

Offered in both PXIe and USB-based form factors, the ADQ214-DCLN dual-channel 14-bit digitizer from SP Devices is equipped with a DC-coupled low-noise front end and a digital real-time decimation filter for noise suppression to allow the measurement of low-frequency signals from below 0.1 Hz up to 100 MHz. Read More...

Connector termination kit meets 10-GbE requirements

A turnkey termination field kit from Platinum Tools, part number 90170, supplies 100 shielded Cat 6A RJ45 connectors that meet the 10-GbE standard for streaming high bandwidth across Cat 6A, Cat 6E, Cat 7, and oversized Cat 5e/6 industrial Ethernet cables used in data, audio, and video applications. Read More...

PCIe cards generate signals to 625 Msamples/s

The M4i.660x series from Spectrum Instrumentation let you add arbitrary waveforms to a PC-based automated test system. Read More...

JTAG Boundary scan: Four test cases

Learn how an engineering design consulting company used Boundary scan to solve problems in four microprocessor-based boards. Read More...

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Electronic Industry's UBM Electronics Unveils Redesign of EDN.com; Creates First Community-Driven Electronics Design Network

Electronic Industry's UBM Electronics Unveils Redesign of EDN.com; Read More...

Simplified kurtosis computation detects signal interference

The statistical kurtosis operation, reinterpreted and implemented on an FPGA for this Design Idea, can detect various forms of interference in RF and other signals. Read More...

De-embed transmission lines with FIR filters

This DI uses MATLAB to design de-embedding filters which clean up high-speed signal measurements. Read More...

Instrumentation amp makes an accurate transimpedance amp too

The interesting topology in this Design Idea turns a monolithic in-amp into a good transimpedance amp for photodiode or similar applications. Read More...

Transient load gives power systems a workout

Verify power supply performance with this transient load generator. Read More...

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...

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EtherCAT platform permits motion-function scalability

Comprising a Talos-3012 IEC 61131-3-compliant automation controller and an EPS series time-deterministic I/O and motion control system, Adlink’s EtherCAT (Ethernet for Control Automation Technology) platform aims to speed up the development, deployment, and expansion of industrial smart-factory applications. Read More...

Record and analyze RF and wireless signals

The RP-6100 series from Averna lets you record hours of RF and wireless signals for analysis. Read More...

AWG software enables HDMI 2.0 pattern creation

Hosted on Tektronix’ AWG7000 and AWG70000 series of arbitrary waveform generators, HDMXpress software offers advanced analysis and characterization support for HDMI 2.0 receiver testing, including HDMI test-pattern generation, auto-calibration, and margin testing. Read More...

14-bit digitizer permits low-noise measurements

Offered in both PXIe and USB-based form factors, the ADQ214-DCLN dual-channel 14-bit digitizer from SP Devices is equipped with a DC-coupled low-noise front end and a digital real-time decimation filter for noise suppression to allow the measurement of low-frequency signals from below 0.1 Hz up to 100 MHz. Read More...

Connector termination kit meets 10-GbE requirements

A turnkey termination field kit from Platinum Tools, part number 90170, supplies 100 shielded Cat 6A RJ45 connectors that meet the 10-GbE standard for streaming high bandwidth across Cat 6A, Cat 6E, Cat 7, and oversized Cat 5e/6 industrial Ethernet cables used in data, audio, and video applications. Read More...

PCIe cards generate signals to 625 Msamples/s

The M4i.660x series from Spectrum Instrumentation let you add arbitrary waveforms to a PC-based automated test system. Read More...

Oscilloscopes get CAN FD bus trigger

New features in Keysight's midrange oscilloscopes let you decode and analyze the signals in the latest version of the popular automotive data bus. Read More...

Digital oscilloscopes decode 8b/10b buses

A software option for the Rohde & Schwarz RTO series of digital oscilloscopes enables developers to design, verify, and debug modules with 8b/10b encoded buses, while an autoset function determines the channel, decision level, and bit rate settings at the push of a button. Read More...

Modular data-acquisition system has isolated inputs

The SC-1608 series from Measurement Computing uses industry-standard 8B modules with Ethernet or USB communications. Read More...

Programmable DC supplies offer three isolated outputs

Boasting a programming and read-back resolution of 1 mV and 1 mA, the 9130B series of programmable linear DC power supplies from B&K Precision provides three isolated outputs that can be adjusted independently or combined in series or parallel to output higher voltage or current. 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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Workshop opened my eyes to the latest in test

Attending Keysight's Advanced Measurement Lab was a worthwhile experience, one that leaped me into the latest measurement technology. Read More...

JTAG Boundary scan: Four test cases

Learn how an engineering design consulting company used Boundary scan to solve problems in four microprocessor-based boards. Read More...

LVDS display bridges and automated measurements, part 1

OpenLDI modules control displays in vehicles and their components need characterization. In part 1 of 2, we discuss the fundamentals of LVDS signals, the information they carry, and the components needed to drive displays. Read More...

Product How-to: Measure heat usage in a radiator and gather consumption data for modern “Green” analysis

Tracking energy use is recognized as more and more important in today’s world. It makes perfect sense to see the proliferation of smart energy meters and programmable thermostats that emerged in recent years. Read More...

Correlation: An overlooked oscilloscope measurement

The correlation function is a useful signal-processing tool that helps determine periodicity, signal-to-noise ratio, propagation delay, and signal detection in unknown waveforms with poor SNR. Read More...

History of jitter, Part 3: BER as a function of jitter

Looking at BER as a function of jitter seen at a receiver depends on two things: how much jitter the signal has, and where the signal is being latched. Read on to find out more. Read More...

5G base station architecture, Part 1: Evolution

I thought that now would be a good time to review, with you the EDN design audience readership, where we are at technically with the formation of 5G technology in light of the recent Brooklyn 5G Summit that took place on April 8-10, 2015 jointly organized by Nokia Networks and the NYU Wireless research Center at Polytechnic School of Engineering at New York University. Read More...

Two common PDN measurement questions

Steve Sandler reveals two common questions he gets about power distribution networks, and then he provides detailed answers. Read More...

Product development takes teamwork, math, and smaller boxes

When Tektronix engineers set out to develop the company's latest high-performance oscilloscope, engineers had to abandon traditional ways of interleaving signals and packaging the product. This is the story of how the DPO70000SX developed. Read More...

History of jitter Part 2: Histograms

The late 1990s and the rise of statistical analysis as a tool to analyze jitter. Read More...

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Review: The Aaronia BicoLOG 30100X and HyperLOG 7060 EMI antennas

The majority of my work includes troubleshooting and pre-compliance testing for clients and I’m always on the lookout for useful EMI equipment to make my job easier. In this review I'll be trying out the Aaronia BicoLOG 30100X (30 to 1000 MHz active antenna with attached 40 dB preamp) and a HyperLOG 7060 (700 MHz to 6 GHz log-periodic). Read More...

PCIe Update: Power, IoT, storage, OCuLink, simulation, and equalization

Quick update on what’s hot in PCIe from the 2015 PCI-SIG Developer’s Conference. Read More...

Beware of hidden antennas!

There are many causes of radiated emissions and the product designer needs to be able to identify the “hidden antennas” that cause this. Read More...

Silicon photonics: Will the hare finally catch the tortoise?

Silicon photonics is sort of like fusion energy, always right around the corner. But this time, it's for sure. Read More...

Introduction to AXIe

New to AXIe? Larry Desjardin offers this primer on AXIe basics. Read More...

MIMO over-the-air testing ready to roll

Here's what you need to know to get started with MIMO OTA testing. Read More...

Which buses control your test instruments?

Unless you're still living in the dark ages, you probably use some communications bus to control test equipment and collect measurements. Which do you use? There are numerous choices, so tell us which you use in our informal poll. Read More...

Review: The AET USDS spherical harmonic comb generator

Having been a long-time user of harmonic comb generators, I’ve always admired the concept of Applied Electromagnetic Technology’s spherical harmonic comb generator design. I finally was able to get my hands on one to try out. Read More...

The technology of measuring distance and speed

Canadian company Leddar Tech has developed a technology for measuring the distance and speed of objects using pulsed infrared light. Senior Technical Editor Martin Rowe spoke with Leddar Tech's director of R&D to how the technology works. Read More...

Rogue waves can ruin your power

In this video, Steve Sandler explains why power distribution networks need flat impedance to avoid creating unwanted resonant signals. Read More...

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