Tips, Tools and Applications for the Electronic Industry in Europe

What does pople say and bout the Oscium WiPry 5X?

Posted on 2016/12/01 by George

It's always good to see that our products are mentioned out in the marketplace. We like it and wanted to share the word. Here is a sampling of some of the posts:

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New EasySpectrum software for Siglent SSA3000X series is now released!

Posted on 2016/11/16 by George

New software (P03.02) information:

1, Manually IP connection
2, Edit and exporting “Correction” file
3, Editing and export “Limit” file, and off-line editing.
4, Added scale line to “Spectrum Monitor” mode

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Electromagnetic Compliance: Troubleshooting with Near-Field and Current Probes

Posted on 2016/11/14 by George

INTRODUCTION:


Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can cause a host of problems, especially when developing a product or attempting to pass mandatory electromagnetic compliance (EMC) tests. Garbled displays, bad data, or complete malfunctions can occur when a designis effected by EMI. To minimize the effects of interference, government agencies like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in North America create and enforce standards that setlimits on the EM output of a product type.Testing to the specifications is commonly referred to as Electromagnetic Compliance (EMC) testing. 


Many EMC test failures stem from the interaction of unintentional radio frequency (RF) emissions with a circuit or element within the design itself. The electric and magnetic fields that cause this interference are not visible to the unaided eye, which can present complications when trying to isolate the root cause and minimize the effects of the EMI. 


• What is causing the issue?
• Where is the source of the signal or energy causing the radiation?
• How can I fix it?

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How to solve 'Removing phantom devices' problem when installing USB driver

Posted on 2016/11/08 by George

Symptoms:

When trying to Install Total Phase drivers, the driver installer program sometimes does not complete the installation process. There are reports that the installer program seems to hang and displays the status as "Removing phantom devices".

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Siglent SDG1000X and SDG2000X new Firmware Available

Posted on 2016/10/27 by George

New firmware information:

  1. Setting frequency to 0. 0 Hz would mean DDS accumulated phase word would be held/not changed with time.
  2. Bug fix: Single Channel AM Modulation Output Amplitude is 9.3% low
  3. Bug fix: Manual trigger cannot trigger on both channels at the same time
  4. Bug fix: SW bug regarding the modulation with noise
  5. Bug fix: Display graphic error for displayed wave shape
  6. Bug fix: Can not save the last state after update
  7. Bug fix: Frequency coupling/phase lock does not work in TrueArb
  8. Bug fix: Instrument powers up with wrong waveforms
  9. Bug fix: TrueArb mode CH coupling bug when entering samples/sec

 

 

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Siglent DSD1102 video review part 2

Posted on 2016/10/10 by George

The Siglent SDS1102CML, a two channel 100 MHz oscilloscope, is an incredible bargain at 299€. But how does it stack up? Here's part 2 of the review:

Features
  • 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Real-time sampling rate up to 1 GSa/s
  • Memory Depth up to 2 Mpts
  • Triggers: Edge, Pulse, Video, Slope, Alternate, Waveform math...
  • 6 digital frequency counter
  • Multi-language display support and embedded online help
  • Screensaver from 1 minute to 5 hours
  • Digital filter and waveform recorder function
  • Shortcut storage function key
  • 7 inch TFT-LCD display with 800 * 480 resolution
  • Interfaces: USB Host, USB Device (USBTMC), LAN (VXI-11), Pass / Fail

 

Go to the SDS1102CML

 

 

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Siglent DSD1102 video review part 1

Posted on 2016/10/04 by George

The Siglent SDS1102CML, a two channel 100 MHz oscilloscope, is an incredible bargain at 299€. But how does it stack up? Here's part 1:

Features
  • 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Real-time sampling rate up to 1 GSa/s
  • Memory Depth up to 2 Mpts
  • Triggers: Edge, Pulse, Video, Slope, Alternate, Waveform math...
  • 6 digital frequency counter
  • Multi-language display support and embedded online help
  • Screensaver from 1 minute to 5 hours
  • Digital filter and waveform recorder function
  • Shortcut storage function key
  • 7 inch TFT-LCD display with 800 * 480 resolution
  • Interfaces: USB Host, USB Device (USBTMC), LAN (VXI-11), Pass / Fail

 

Go to the SDS1102CML

 

 

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How to program and verify SPI memory chips in Duo-Quad SPI mode?

Posted on 2016/09/19 by George

If you are using the Cheetah SPI Host Adapter, but working with a new SPI memory chip (GD25Q80CTIG) that supports Duo and Quad SPI modes, it looks like you need a different approach.

You have been creating XML files for new chips and prototypes – and like the UI of  the Flash Center Software from Total Phase. You like the software and would like to continue with Flash Center, what should you do?

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10 myths about WiFi interference

Posted on 2016/09/09 by George

Growing ubiquity of wireless devices combined with the advent of mobility applications requires businesses to be diligent in managing inference throughout their deployments. The many wireless technologies and commonplace electric devices already in use and newly emerging impede wireless performance.

WiFi interference can be a major inhibitor to wireless performance, creating security vulnerabilities and wireless network instability.

This blog post exposes the top 10 most pervasive myths around wireless interference.

  1. The only interference problems are from other 802.11 networks.

    There are a tremendous number of 802.11 devices out there. It is true that the other 802.11 networks can cause interference with your network. This type of interference is known as co-channel and adjacent channel interference. But since other 802.11 devices follow the same protocol, they tend to work cooperatively-that is, two access points on the same channel will share the channel capacity.
    In reality, the many other types of devices emitting in the unlicensed band dwarf the number of 802.11 devices. These devices include microwave ovens, cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, wireless video cameras, outdoor microwave links, wireless game controllers, Zigbee devices, fluorescent lights, WiMAX, and so on. Even bad electrical connections can cause broad RF spectrum emissions. These non-802.11 types of interference typically don't work cooperatively with 802.11 devices, and can cause significant loss of throughput. In addition, they can cause secondary effects such as rate back-off, in which retransmissions caused by interference trick the 802.11 devices into thinking that they should use lower data rates than appropriate.
    Summary: The unlicensed band is an experiment by the FCC in unregulated spectrum sharing. The experiment has been a great success so far, but there are significant challenges posed by RF interference that need to be given proper attention.
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Cross-Platform, Dual-Band Spectrum Analyzer For Wireless Professionals & Global Cable Industry

Posted on 2016/08/30 by George

Oscium is announcing WiPry 5x, a dual-band spectrum analyzer that visualizes 2.4 & 5 GHz on both iOS and Android. By adding coverage to the Android market and supporting 5 GHz, Oscium has expanded their customer base and made some significant improvements. These strategic improvements give Oscium the ability to provide what customers need. Bryan Lee, President of Oscium, said, “We have listened to the professionals in the field and are excited about this release”. Here are some highlights of the new product:

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