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Teardown & Repair of an Agilent 1169A 12GHz Smart Active Probe (And a Puzzle!)

In this episode Shahriar examines a failed Agilent 1169A 12GHz Smart Active Probe. The probe does not get recognized by the oscilloscope and therefore cannot be calibrated. The instrument uses an I2C interface to the probe to download the probe’s specifications and characteristics.

The probe teardown reveals a simple I2C EEPROM IC. After removing the IC it becomes clear that the chip is damaged and must be replaced. A duplicate probe is used to copy the EEPROM data onto a new IC which revives the probe. With the help of the community, the CRC checksum code is discovered and the probe is assigned a new serial number.

International Microwave Symposium 2019 – Industry Trade Show Overview

In this episode Shahriar presents an overview of a small portion of the vendors present on the exhibition floor at the International Microwave Symposium 2019. The IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium (IMS) is the premier annual international meeting for technologists involved in all aspects of microwave theory and practice. It consists of a full week of events, including technical paper presentations, workshops, and tutorials, as well as numerous social events and networking opportunities. The symposium also hosts a large commercial exhibition. Co-located with IMS are the IEEE RFIC, IMBioC and ARFTG conferences.

http://ims2019.org

00:08 – Introductions
01:29 – Trade-Show Floor
01:47 – Rohde & Schwarz (www.rohde-schwarz.com)
10:25 – Keysight Technologies (www.keysight.com)
16:38 – Junkosha Inc. (www.junkosha.co.jp/english)
19:57 – Amphenol (www.amphenol.com)
21:48 – GGB Industries Picoprobe (www.ggb.com)
23:23 – Anritsu (www.anritsu.com/en-US)
26:45 – Diamond Engineering Inc. (www.diamondeng.net)
29:19 – Microchip Technology (www.microchip.com)
33:07 – Macom (www.macom.com)
34:34 – OML Inc. (www.omlinc.com)
36:10 – Microsanj (www.microsanj.com)
38:29 – Piconics Inc. (www.piconics.com)
39:44 – Zhejiang Jiakang Electronics Co., Ltd. (en.jkelec.com) 40:59 – WithWave (with-wave.com)
42:51 – Suin Instruments (www.suindigital.com)
44:49 – TDK-Lamba (www.jp.lambda.tdk.com/en/index.html) 45:50 – Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc. (www.lakeshore.com)
47:07 – Focus Microwave Group (focus-microwaves.com)
48:40 – Sage Millimeter Inc. (www.sagemillimeter.com)
50:45 – Semiprobe (www.semiprobe.com)
52:36 – Ceyear Inc. (en.ceyear.com)

Teardown, Repair & Experiments with an Agilent N4901B 13.5Gb/s Bit Error Rate Tester BERT

In this episode Shahriar repairs a non-functional N4901B 13.5Gb/s BERT mainframe. This instrument is equipped with both the generator and analyzer modules which makes it fairly valuable. The instrument does not power on and does not react to the soft power button.

Teardown of the unit reveals a TD-Lambda Vega power supplies series which is a fully configurable switching power supply design. Even though the power supply in the instrument is completely custom, it is made from generic sub-blocks readily available on eBay. A replacement front-end is purchased to repair the power supply after detecting the problem.

The instrument also shows a minor problem with falsely detecting an overload condition on the delay control port which is by passed by installing an overwrite switch. The instrument performance is verified by generating and measuring various eye diagrams through a back-plane PCB board.

Three Interesting Mailbag Reviews & Giveaway! (November 2018)

In this episode Shahriar reviews three mailbag items. There is also a new giveaway! Follow the instruction at the beginning of the video to enter. The reviews are organized at follows:

00:09 – Introduction & Giveaway Details
02:21 – Leo Bodnar Electronic – Fast Pulse Generator

These fast pulse generators are rated to below 25ps! The modules are examined and various microwave and design considerations are explored. The block diagram and functionality of the final output driver is also described in details. The units are used to measure the rise and fall time of various oscilloscopes ranging from 300MHz to 13GHz of analog bandwidth. You can purchase your own fast pulse generator here.

21:11 – SV1AFN GPS Disciplined Oscillator

This GPS disciplined oscillator not only provides frequency synchronization to the GPS clock, it also provides programmable outputs on two independent channels using a Silicon Labs synthesizer IC. The complete module acts as standalone unit which only requires power and GPS antenna connection. The full schematic and block diagram of the synthesizer chipset is presented along with measured output waveform, frequency an phase noise at 1GHz. You can purchase your own GPS DO here.

33:28 – Sain Smart USB-C TS80 Portable Soldering Iron

This soldering iron which supports QC 3.0 is the followup of the very popular TS100 soldering iron. The unit can operate with up to 18W of power from 9V. However, it does not support PD on USB-C. By using the AVHzY USB tester the power bank can be configured to provide any desired output voltage and deliver up to 28W into the TS80 soldering iron. Using this method, the TS80 soldering iron can easily solder large components on a wide ground plane. The TS80 soldering iron can be purchased here or internationally from here. The Ankar PD+ 28600mAh power bank can be purchased from here and the AVHzY USB tester can be purchased here.

Here is the list of donations we have made to One Simple Wish:

A laptop for Macy who is about to start college
New shoes for Emily who loves to walk around campus
New Clothes for Myla who loves to play outside
A new pair of school shoes for Lemon who loves all sports
A new digital watch to remind Kevin to take his medicine
A new coat for Thad to stay warm and look cool
New clothes for Sharain who is looking for new employment after graduation
New work clothes for Christine who is excited to start her new job
A new Desk Lamp for Cristal so she can focus on homework
Sensory tools for Wyatt who needs a bit of extra help
Safe transportation for Shakeny who loves musica
New clothes for Isaiah who is very clever
Some new clothes for Katelyn who is making a change in her life
A new pair of sneakers for Sohelia the avid dog walker

Tutorial on Programming a Waveshare 7.5-Inch Multi-Color e-Paper Display & Info-Frame

In this episode Shahriar demonstrates the capabilities of a Waveshare 7.5-Inch tricolor e-Paper display. By combining the display with a Raspberry Pi Zero, the SPI interface of the mini-computer can be used to program and configure the e-Paper display using Python scripts. Furthermore, the Python script takes advantage of the available API of a few website to provide relevant information such as the current date, calendar, task list with due-dates as well as the current weather and weather forecast all in a clean user interface.

The complete Python code is presented and analyzed and the principle operation of the display is also presented. Do not forget to check Applied Science’s video on this topic as well. Finally, the individual pixels are examined under the microscope while the screen undergoes a refresh which demonstrated how various colors are displayed.

The complete code can be downloaded here. You can also buy the e-Paper display here and the Raspberry Pi Zero kit here. If you are interested in using an ESP WiFi module with Arduino to interface with the e-Paper display, it can be found here. You can chose any picture frame to complete the project. The Task Manager and Weather APIs can be found here and here.

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