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I've been having loads of fun playing with BenchVue, the Pro Apps for DMMs and Function Generators, and with Keysight's BenchLink Waveform Builder Pro.  I have encountered a few hiccups, but things have gone smoothly for the most part.   My plan to capture live data streams on my oscilloscope and import them into the 33622A function generator went great last night.  I saved the captured waveforms (at 1 GSa/s) to a USB drive, then moved the USB drive to the 33622A where I used fro ...
I have been working on the background steps necessary to perform the complete Road \test of BenchVue and the pro apps I was provided.   To recap I plan to use BenchVue and the pro apps for the  34461A multimeter and the  33622A function generator along with BenchVue Test Flow to automate testing of RGB LED strings I am using a PIC18F4520 microcontroller to generate the WS2811 waveforms that control the Red Green and Blue LEDs in each of 240 devices in a 4 m long string So far I h ...
Last night I played with the pro version of the BenchVue multimeter application, without first reading any of the documentation, 'cause that's what most engineers do, right? Turns out the interface is intuitive enough and peppered with enough pop up help bubbles that I was able to do some useful work right off the bat.   As mentioned in my blog post about my plan for evaluating BenchVue, I hooked up a 4 m string of WS2811 based RGB LEDs to a PIC microcontroller platform that is programmed ...
Complexity: medium What do you need: a CC1310 LaunchPad Code Composer Studio Wirelsess Sensor Network  Node example loaded An instrument to log low currents   This blog digs into the sub-module that manages communication with sensors. A dedicated part of the IC that takes care that Radio and CPU can sleep until something meaningful happens in sensor land.         This side note checks the current when only the Service Controller Engine is running vs. Full On. ...
Hello everyone,        Just in time for Monday morning, my review of Altium's Circuit Studio is here: https://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/2249/l/win-a-12-month-licence-to-altium-circuitstudio-review        Enjoy!        Cory ...
Complexity: medium What do you need: two CC1310 LaunchPads Code Composer Studio TI RTOS Sensor Controller Studio   This blog digs into the sub-module that manages communication with sensors. A dedicated part of the IC that takes care that Radio and CPU can sleep until something meaningful happens in sensor land.   You'll learn how to run the system low power and let the Sensor Controller module wake up the rest of the CC1310 only when needed.   In part 3, we check out ho ...
Complexity: medium What do you need: two CC1310 LaunchPads Code Composer Studio TI RTOS Sensor Controller Studio   This blog digs into the sub-module that manages communication with sensors. A dedicated part of the IC that takes care that Radio and CPU can sleep until something meaningful happens in sensor land.   adapted from: ti   You'll learn how to run the system low power and let the Sensor Controller module wake up the rest of the CC1310 only when needed.   ...
Complexity: medium What do you need: two CC1310 LaunchPads Out of Box Code Composer Studio TI RTOS Sensor Controller Studio ur brain   This blog digs into the sub-module that manages communication with sensors. A dedicated part of the IC that takes care that Radio and CPU can sleep until something meaningful happens in sensor land.       You'll learn how to run the system low power and let the Sensor Controller module wake up the rest of the CC1310 only when needed. ...
I received an email from OSH Park that my boards are back from fab, so it should only be a few more days to see if my parts fit the footprints I created.   Also, I received an email from Altium for 20% off the cost of Circuit Studio. This went to everyone who downloaded a trial of Circuit Studio. You'll need to complete a survey to get the discount offer. The offer is only good for this month - Nov 2016. If you're thinking of buying CS, it may be a good time to download the trial.   ...
Acting on information from Peter Oakes (thanks) I downloaded the Keysight IO Libraries Suite 17.3 - 976Mbytes, reasonable speed of download here.   Then I installed it - you get offered to install the IO stuff, Command something and BenchVue  - I just selected the IO stuff.   It said that NI VISA was installed and recommended a "side by side" installation of the Keysight stuff as the secondary VISA.   I had a go at removing the NI VISA but it wasn't having it !   So ...
On my electronics bench there are presently four Keysight/Aglient branded test instruments.  They are:   33622A Waveform Generator 53230A Universal Frequency Counter/Timer 34461A 6 1/2 digit Multimeter N9322C 7.0 GHz Spectrum Analyzer   All of these instruments are connected to a laptop PC via USB and Ethernet wired connections.   I have had the very good fortune to review three of the four instruments listed above for Element 14's Road Test program. Links to those rev ...

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