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Maxim Integrated’s ZON M3 single-phase electricity meter (via Maxim) Virtually gone are the days of the analog electric meter with the massive rotating dial that keeps tabs on how much ‘juice’ the house is using. New, efficient digital smarty readers are slowly replacing those bulky monstrosities and are capable of sending data wirelessly back to the main offices of the power companies using them. In an effort to squeeze every penny from their customers, power companies ar ...
I'm currently exploring the Tektronix PC Courseware Editor and putting together some ideas for interactive practical activities for students using our new TBS1202B-EDU oscilloscope. The courseware editor provides a straightforward, well-structured and relatively versatile platform for developing student labsheets and test protocols. These are easily exported to the oscilloscope via a USB flash drive.   The editor organises courseware according to a hierarchical system of "packages", ...
A blurry Facundo Fernandez, project lead, with the robotic arm held probe for mapping uneven surfaces. (via Georgia Tech) How did life begin here on Earth? That’s a tough question, however it’s widely known that chemistry had something to do with it. Specifically, simple molecules decided to bond with one another to form the precursors of genetic material, although it’s not known as to what the catalyst was that brought those molecules together (enzymes hadn’t yet hit t ...
Hi! I'm John Marrinan, a visiting application engineer from Tektronix in the Ask The Expert section. I work with customers right across spectrum of the measurement world and one topic that doesn’t get the attention it deserves  is probing, and its effect on measurement results. Below is a short blog with some rules of thumb to remember on probing.   I think most engineers who've done design and validation of hardware will probably recognise this scenario; you setup to test, get y ...
This would be the time where I would channel my inner Morpheus and offer you the choice of taking red or blue pill. Take the blue pill and continue to see the world as you normally have, or the red, and we see together the unseen world around us. Thankfully you already taken the red pill, clicked on the post, and are ready to take a look at your world in a different spectrum and through the lens of thermography!   So sit back, relax and take a guess in the comments section below on what we ...
This week I've enjoyed introducing an innovative new oscilloscope to my undergraduate students, thanks to element14 and Tektronix. The TBS 1202B-EDU is a specialist educational oscilloscope and, as well as the hallmarks of Tektronix design, brings with it access to an expansive educational "ecosystem".   Here at Leeds Metropolitan University we are building up to the start of a new BSc(Hons) Electronic and Electrical Engineering degree recruiting for September this year. Colleagues and ...
Tektronix TBS 1202B-EDU Another CRO Digital Oscilloscope. I need to stop referring to them as CROs. In my defense, the thing that was, until recently, taking up all available space on my desk really was a CRO. The Tektronix TBS 1202B-EDU Digital Oscilloscope is small, lightweight, has some buttons and knobs and does stuff. Stuff you expect a Digital Oscilloscope to do. No more counting divisions and making little calculations on the back of the scrap of paper to work out a phase shift. It d ...
The MDO3000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) Series, a 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscope from Tektronix reducing cost and maximising workspace.  The MDO3000 includes an integrated spectrum analyzer, arbitrary function generator, logic analyzer, protocol analyzer, and digital voltmeter/counter. Completely customizable the MDO3000 allows the user to add instruments and performance as required. Containing an integrated 4-digit digital voltmeter (DVM) and 5-digit frequency counter, any of the analo ...
Graphene... excellent analog material... and sensor (via Nature) Unless you have been meditating in an isolation tank for the last several years, you have probably heard about the wonder material known as graphene. The one-atom thick carbon allotrope has potential applications in everything from highly efficient, super-fast integrated circuits to super-capacitors capable of insane power storage. The list of graphene applications shows no sign of stopping anytime soon and researchers from t ...
MIT’s particles adorned with ‘rare-earth up-converting nanocrystals’ (via MIT) People have been counterfeiting just about everything since the dawn of humankind. There is literally nothing that hasn’t been copied and sold on the consumer markets. Watches, shoes, wine, medication, software and of course money have all been replicated and sold to duped customers who thought they were getting the real deal. Companies have taken great strides in trying to incorporate anti ...

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