Using Cursors in the LeCroy Wavesurfer 3024 Digital Storage Oscilloscope

In the LeCroy Wavesurfer 3024, Cursors provide a convenient way to bracket portions of a waveform for the purpose of analysis and measurement.

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Basics of antennas

An antenna is an electrical device, usually a specially sized and shaped metal body, that converts electrical power to radio waves for a transmitter and radio waves to…

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How Spectrum Analyzers differ from Network Analyzers

By Lisa Clark Before we differentiate a spectrum analyzer and a network analyzer, it is important to understand what these two instruments are, and what function they perform….

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The FFT and the Universal Wavefunction

The Fourier Transform emerged from Joseph Fourier’s Analytic Theory of Heat (1822). Back then, of course, the focus was not on the behavior of electricity. Fourier’s insights pertained…

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Kirchoff’s Circuit Laws

Gustav Kirchhoff formulated a number of principles or laws, which fall into three basic categories: electrical circuits, spectroscopy and thermochemistry. Kirchhoff proposed two electrical circuit laws. His current…

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The arrow of time and the 2nd law of thermodynamics

First mention of the Arrow of Time was by Sir Arthur Eddington. He was the noted British astrophysicist who in May, 1919 conducted an expedition to an island…

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New 45 GHz Optical Modulation Analyzer for 400G Communications Testing from Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. has unveiled a new 45 GHz optical modulation analyzer (OMA) capable of supporting the latest 100G and next-gen 400G communications standards. With support for single-carrier or…

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70 GHz Real-Time Oscilloscope from Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. has released the DPO70000SX 70 GHz ATI Performance Oscilloscope featuring the lowest-noise and highest effective bits of any ultra-high bandwidth real-time oscilloscope available on the market….

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Basics of waveguides

There is something almost comical about a waveguide – the notion that electromagnetic signals or usable power could pass through a hollow pipe and that techniques appropriate to…

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Basics of coax cable

Coaxial cable receives its name because all its parts — outer jacket, grounded return conductor, dielectric layer and inner metallic pin — share a common axis. Many installers…

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Georg Simon Ohm and the basis for circuit theory

Georg Simon Ohm (1789-1854) was an educator, mathematician and theoretician, but above all he was an experimenter. Ohm’s law, relating electrical force, current and resistance in a circuit,…

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Video: Keysight MSO-X 4054A Oscilloscope Math Overview

A look at Math functions, simple and complex, available in the Keysight 4000-X Series instruments, beginning with add, subtract, multiply and divide and going on to the Fourier…

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Video: How To Access and View On-Board Demos in the Keysight MSO-X 4054A Oscilloscope

Demos provide a wealth of information regarding accessing and analyzing a variety of analog and digital signals. The demos provide an introduction to debugging and repair operations using…

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William Sturgeon and his galvanometer

William Sturgeon (1783-1850) is an unfamiliar name in most households, but his experiments and the instruments that he built were central in the annals of electrical engineering. He…

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BGA interposer lets logic analyzers test DDR4 x16 DRAM

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) introduced a new ball grid array (BGA) interposer solution for testing DDR4 x16 DRAM designs with a logic analyzer. The interposer solution provides…

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Hans Christian Ørsted and magnetic field strength

Hans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851) was for most of his life deeply immersed in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, whose major work, The Critique of Pure Reason, published when…

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Pierre-Simon Laplace and the Laplace transform

Characteristic of his time, Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) published a comprehensive review of the scientific work done by his predecessors with an overlay of his new mathematical interpretation. Titled…

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Charles-Augustin de Coulomb and the units of charge

In the early eighteenth century and before, England had long been the scene for most of the important research and theorizing about the nature of electricity and magnetism. The…

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Power analyzer incorporates touch-driven scope features

A new power analyzer combines power measurements with features of a touch-driven oscilloscope. The Keysight IntegraVision power analyzer targets engineers who need dynamic views of current, voltage and power so they can…

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Software puts scope apps on tablets, servers

Tektronix, Inc. announced TekScope AnywhereTM, a new software offering that extends the visualization, analysis, and reporting capabilities found on Tektronix oscilloscopes to Microsoft Windows-based PCs, tablets and servers….

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Power analyzer sports touch control, scope features

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) introduced the first power analyzer that combines accurate power measurements and touch-driven oscilloscope visualization capability in a single instrument. The Keysight IntegraVision power…

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RF cable testing option for analyzers

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) introduced two cable test options for its FieldFox handheld analyzers, making them the industry’s most comprehensive handheld solution for cable testing. Cables (e.g.,…

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The first EE

Who was the first electrical engineer? Thomas Edison, James Clerk Maxwell, William Gilbert? None of the above. Miletus, near Turkey’s west coast, today lies in ruins but it…

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Father of electricity, William Gilbert

William Gilbert, a practicing physician who attended Queen Elizabeth I throughout the last difficult years of her reign, was most noted in his time as a keen astronomical…

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Hauksbee and the generation of static electricity

In 1703 Isaac Newton, recently named president of the Royal Society, wished to revitalize that staid organization of prominent British scientists. To this end, he appointed his lab…

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