Keithley 2460 Source Measure Unit (SMU) Review, Teardown and Experiments

Keithley 2460

In this episode Shahriar reviews the new Keithley 2460 Source Measure Unit (SMU). The Keithley 2460 shares all the touchscreen GUI advancements of the 2450 SMU and offers up to 100W of power in full four-quadrant operation. The combination of the 2450 and 2460 SMUs from Keithley offer a wide range of applications.

After a brief teardown of the instrument, several experiments are devised to demonstrate the TSP scripting as well as KickStart software capabilities. The experiments include LED failure modes, Geiger counter setup, Op-amp based voltage regulator characterization, temperature controller, non-linear transconductance emulation and data collection application.

Teardown, Repair and Analysis of an HP 8562B 22GHz Spectrum Analyzer

HP8562B

In this episode Shahriar repairs an HP 8562B 22GHz spectrum analyzer. This spectrum analyzer has two input bands. The lower band which operates from 1kHz – 2.9GHz shows does not operate correctly and does not display any signal. The internal construction as well as the operation of the unit is explained along with a close look at LO distribution, input attenuator, dual-mixer and various filters.
During the debugging procedure it is also discovered that the Second Mixer is also damaged in this unit. A replacement unit was purchased however a replacement unit for the main first converter is too expensive to replace. As an alternative, a Mini-Circuit mixer is used as a replacement. The LO signal is routed to the external mixer via a microwave switch. In this configuration the LO is automatically switched to the correct mixer for each frequency band of operation. The unit is then verified for correct operation.

Teardown, Analysis & Part-Salvage from an HP 70001A Series Optical Microwave Analyzer

70000A

In this episode Shahriar performs a teardown and analysis of several HP 70000A modules. The modules include a 20GHz optoelectronic converter, 2.9GHz tracking generator, 10MHz/100MHz precision reference and a 22GHz spectrum analyzer.

Along with the teardown of these modules several microwave components are recovered for future use including amplifiers, VGAs, mixers, photo detector and OCXOs. The 22GHz spectrum analyzer module is preserved since it is simply too beautiful to destroy.

Experiments and Teardown of the Teledyne LeCroy LabMaster 10-100zi 100GHz, 240GS/s Oscilloscope

10-100zi

In this world exclusive episode, Shahriar visits Teledyne LeCroy to take a close look at the operation, teardown and experiments with the LabMaster 10-100zi, 100GHz simultaneous bandwidth, 240GS/s real-time oscilloscope. This instrument provides either a single 100GHz channel, or two 33GHz and one 65GHz digitizing channels. The instrument uses a frequency interleaving technique invented and implemented at LeCroy.

The block diagram and the theory of operation of the scope is presented. This includes the architecture of the 4x80GS/s ADCs and the triple frequency interleaving system. The teardown of the scope includes a close look at the ADC platform, the dual frequency interleaving (65GHz operation) and the triple frequency interleaving (100GHz operation). The experiments with the scope demonstrate the instrument’s capability to digitize signals up 100GHz using the beat frequency of two non-coherent lasers. The scope is also used to capture a 4pS rise time pulse from a femtosecond laser pulse system and a high-speed photo detector.
A complete factory tour is also presented where Teledyne LeCroy assembles all their oscilloscope products right here in the USA.

Review & Teardown of the Analog Arts SL987 USB Oscilloscope AWG Pattern Generator & Logic Analyzer

SL987

In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the Analog Arts USB based mixed-domain instrument. The SL987 offers an oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, FFT-based spectrum analyzer, pattern generator and logic analyzer in a compact form factor.

The teardown of the unit is presented along with the datasheet of every major component on the PCB. Some design limitations and concerns are presented along with basic performance verifications.