In this episode Shahriar takes a look at an Anritsu MS2721A portable spectrum analyzer which does not completely boot up. After displaying the message “Application Running!” the unit no longer advances to the main measurement screen. After intentionally corrupting the firmware, a system menu is observed.
During the teardown of the unit, various DC-DC converters are examined along with a basic overview of the Linear Technologies DC-DC converter datasheet. The main problem is traced to a faulty SRAM IC. After replacing the IC the unit completes the boot process. Various simple experiments are performed to ensure the unit’s functionality and correct operation.