Archive for June 4, 2012

Teardown and Repair of an Agilent E3634A Power Supply

E3634A

In this episode Shahriar investigates the cause of failure of an E3634A DC Power Supply. The video features a step by step troubleshooting and teardown of the damaged power supply. Various schematics and block diagram of the power supply are presented. Will he be able to fix it?

 

Tutorial on Waveform Shaping and Signal Constellation in an Optical Link

3D Constellation

In this episode Shahriar uses a few components to beyond what there were originally intended for in order to setup an optical link! By using a BlinkM RGB LED, a Color Sensor, and two PIC USB Boards from Sparkfun Electronics, a stand-alone optical link is established. Various theories of operation, including multilevel data transmission, signal constellation and detailed circuit diagrams are also presented. The final result is an 8-PAM, 3-Wavelength optical link with a colorful three-dimensional constellation graph. The code for the transmitter IC, receiver IC and Matlab functions are available to download from here.