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11 Posts authored by: Dave Young
Designing power supplies is one of the fundamental tasks of an analog electrical engineer. Finding the right part to deliver optimal efficiency, noise, control, and size characteristics can make or break a design. An oscilloscope is one of the best tools for verifying a power supply design, and this article will show how a Tektronics MDO 3000 can test: Power supply efficiency Switching waveform analysis on the switching FET RF emissions from the power supply. In the video below, I look at TI ...
Dave Young of Young Circuit Designs is publishing a series of articles and videos on element14 every other week to describe his experience in upgrading from his trusty Tektronix TDS2024B to a new Tektronix MDO3104. See his other articles in the series: (a) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #1: The 70% Test with a Tek MDO3000 (b) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #2: Digital Decoding and Triggering for Analog Analysis (c) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #3: Trace Persist and Analog Triggering (d) ...
This tutorial was written along with this review that shows the connectivity features in action.   The Tektronix MDO3104 (and all MDO3000 series) scopes have a USB 'Device Port' and an Ethernet port on the back which allows the user to connect the scope to a computer, printer, or network. The Ethernet connection is very capable, enabling full remote control. The USB connection behaves exactly like the older scope GPIB connections which can be a handy feature in automated environments. Test ...
This tutorial was written along with this review that shows the connectivity features in action.   Tektronix's TDS2024B has a USB 'Device Port' on the back which allows the user to connect the scope to a computer or printer. It can be a handy feature, especially in automated environments. Test equipment is known for having poor user interfaces when it comes to connecting instruments, so this tutorial is intended to help out and encourage new users.   TDS2024B USB Functionality: Capt ...
Dave Young of Young Circuit Designs is publishing a series of articles and videos on element14 every other week to describe his experience in upgrading from his trusty Tektronix TDS2024B to a new Tektronix MDO3104. See his other articles in the series: (a) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #1: The 70% Test with a Tek MDO3000 (b) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #2: Digital Decoding and Triggering for Analog Analysis (c) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #3: Trace Persist and Analog Triggering (d) ...
Dave Young of Young Circuit Designs is publishing a series of articles and videos on element14 every other week to describe his experience in upgrading from his trusty Tektronix TDS2024B to a new Tektronix MDO3104. See his other articles in the series: (a) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #1: The 70% Test with a Tek MDO3000 (b) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #2: Digital Decoding and Triggering for Analog Analysis (c) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #3: Trace Persist and Analog Triggering (d) ...
Consider this scenario in which Dave and CJ have been working on a design that uses a Li-Ion battery charger chip. They have been collaborating between their labs; CJ in Madison, WI and Dave in Denver, CO. As with any remote development the snags are more difficult to deal with, so they use the Fluke Connect functionality of their Fluke 3000 FC and Fluke V3000 FC meters to ease data sharing and communication. Here is a situation where they were able to put the datalogging, live sharing, and vide ...
Dave Young of Young Circuit Designs is publishing a series of articles and videos on element14 every other week to describe his experience in upgrading from his trusty Tektronix TDS2024B to a new Tektronix MDO3104. See his other articles in the series: (a) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #1: The 70% Test with a Tek MDO3000 (b) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #2: Digital Decoding and Triggering for Analog Analysis (c) Tek MDO3104 Scope Upgrade Series #3: Trace Persist and Analog Triggering (d) ...
Fluke Connect With A Single User: CJ and Dave wanted to get to know the Fluke Connect gear pretty well before trying to collaborate on their joint project. They start with If the units don’t work for the single user case for real measurements, they won’t stand a chance with collaborations. They will take you through how useful the tech was in their own labs using meters like the FLK-03000 FC, FLK V3000FC, and FLK A3000 FC.   Dave's Story: Hi measurement geeks! Dave here to exp ...
We don't know many people who are big fans of the standard Test and Measurement user interface, especially with Digital Multimeters (DMMs). Sure, there are some products out there that are taking advantage of tablets and cell phones, but they can hardly be considered high quality measurement equipment based on their specs. For instance the iDVM from Redfish probably has a great user interface, but is a 2% accuracy spec reasonable for a serious piece of measurement equipment? There is a disconnec ...
Thermal cameras can be a huge help around the electronics lab. With the ability to instantly visualize the many different temperatures of an area, there are applications beyond the obvious heat sink performance characterization. An engineer can use them when troubleshooting a board, to understand sensitive circuits, calculate junction temperatures, and work through power consumption issues. In the past these tools have been very expensive, on the order of $20 – 30k, such as the instrument- ...

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