In this episode Shahriar presents a detailed review of the new Tektronix TSG4106A RF Signal / Vector Generator. The key features are:
True DC to 2 GHz, 4 GHz or 6 GHz to support both analog and vector/digital signal generation.
Typical ≤±0.30 dB amplitude accuracy (0 dBm CW signal at 22 ºC) from 10 MHz to 6 GHz.
I/Q modulation inputs (400 MHz RF bandwidth).
ASK, FSK, MSK, PSK, QAM, VSB, and custom I/Q.
A complete teardown of the unit is presented along with an explanation of various functions, components and sub-systems. The basic unit performance is verified using a Keysight EXA Signal Analyzer. The TSG4106A is then used to along with an Analog Devices I/Q de-modulator whose output is examined for performance verification.
In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the FLIR MR160 Thermal Imaging and Moisture Meter. Featuring Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology powered by a FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor, MR160 helps you quickly see temperature patterns that point to potential hidden moisture so you know right where to place the meter probe to capture accurate readings.
After an overview of the camera functions a full teardown of the instrument is presented. The FLIR MR160 is based on a single PIC32 processor with built-in capacitance measurement capability. The MR160 is then used to detect a moisture spot on a floor tiling. The presence of moisture is then verified with both the pin-less and pin-based moisture measurement capability of the MR160. Finally, the MR160 is also used to measure temperature variation across a bank of resistors.
The full instrument block diagram is presented with focus on various signal paths and frequency planning. Several of internal modules (RF Front-End, Digital Baseband Processor and LO Synthesizer) are also presented and compared with the block diagram. In order to examine the instrument’s capabilities in a real-world situation, a complete superheterodyne wireless transceiver with a sliding-IF receiver is designed and examined. Each component in the system (LNA, mixer, PLL, etc.) is individually characterized by using the EXA Signal Analyzer. The complete system measurements are also presented.
Various chapters in the video can be found at the following time marks:
X-Series model comparison (0:50)
EXA block diagrams and principle of operation (4:27)
Various board teardown and examination (20:39)
Instrument front/back panel overview (37:05)
Wireless experiment setup description (43:22)
Doubler characterization with EXG as the tracking generator (45:31)
LNA and mixer gain and NF by using Noise Figure personality (57:31)
Signal-Hound VSG25A I/Q modulator characterization, OBW, ACPR, TOI (1:08:57)
PLL characterization with Phase Noise personality (1:19:49)
Full transmitter measurement with Keysight VSA (1:26:08)
Full wireless link characterization with Keysight VSA (1:30:28)
In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the top-of-the-line Rigol DSA875-TG 7.5GHz Spectrum Analyzer. This unit which, offers a built in tracking generator for the full frequency range, has a portable form-factor. I offers the following performance:
9 kHz to 7.5 GHz Frequency Range
Typical -161 dBm Displayed Average Noise Level (DANL) normalized to 1 Hz
-98 dBc/Hz @10 kHz offset Phase Noise
Total Amplitude Uncertainty <0.8 dB
10 Hz Minimum Resolution Bandwidth (RBW)
The unit is tested against linearity specification as well as overload conditions. The phase noise of the unit is also verified with an external Keysight synthesizer. The instrument is used to measure OIP3, P1dB input and output matching of various amplifiers. The tracking generator is also used to measure gain and switching behavior of a WiFi extender module. The built-in functions are used to measure OBW, channel power, ACP and THD. The teardown of the unit is also presented showing excellent build quality and manufacturing.
In this episode Shahriar gets a hold of a National InstrumentsVirtualBench! This instrument combines a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, digital multimeter, programmable power supply and digital I/Os in one compact and portable unit. The teardown of the unit reveals a two-board construction with a core single processor which handles all instrument functionality simultaneously.
The unit software (which is embedded inside the instrument memory) is examined in detaile before performing any experiments. Using the VirtualBench, a Si5351 multi-synthesizer clock generator IC is characterized including output signal analyses and I2C decoding. Next by using the function generator and oscilloscope the response of a band-pass 15MHz filter is measured.
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