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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 – $260
New shoes for Emily who loves to walk around campus – $55
New Clothes for Myla who loves to play outside – $55
A new pair of school shoes for Lemon who loves all sports – $55
A new digital watch to remind Kevin to take his medicine – $74
A new coat for Thad to stay warm and look cool – $47
New clothes for Sharain who is looking for new employment after graduation – $55
New work clothes for Christine who is excited to start her new job – $55
A new Desk Lamp for Cristal so she can focus on homework – $55
Sensory tools for Wyatt who needs a bit of extra help – $111
Safe transportation for Shakeny who loves musica – $55
New clothes for Isaiah who is very clever – $55
Some new clothes for Katelyn who is making a change in her life. – $55
A new pair of sneakers for Sohelia the avid dog walker – $86

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.

Keysight Keysight UXR 110GHz BW, 256GS/s, 10-bit, 4-Channel Real-Time Oscilloscope Teardown & Experiments

In this episode Shahriar takes a look at one of the most advanced electrical test and measurement instruments ever created. The Keysight UXR-Series Real-Time Oscilloscope brings 110GHz of analog bandwidth and 256GS/s real-time sampling at 4-channels simultaneously. To make it even more impressive, the entire data-conversion architecture is in 10-bits. This implies that the instruments captures, processes, stores and displays over 10Tb/s of information.

Various architectures of state-of-the art oscilloscopes from Keysight, LeCroy and Tektronix are examined and compared against the new real-time architecture of the UXR-Series oscilloscope. The teardown of the front-end 110GHz module along with the data acquisition board is presented and analyzed in detail. The instrument showcases a wide range of Keysight technologies implemented in various technologies such as InP, SiGe BiCMOS, 65nm CMOS and 28nm CMOS nodes. In combination with Hyper-Cube memory module, data can be captured at 256GS/S from all 4-channels at the same time. Several variants of the UXR-Series oscilloscope will be available from 13GHz to 110GHz bandwidths.

A new calibration probe is also introduced based on the Keysight InP process capable of producing signal edges with sub-3.5ps of rise/fall times with NIST traceable calibration data. This enables users to perform NIST alignment and bandwidth calibration on site without needing to send the instrument back to Keysight.

Several measurements with the scope demonstrates its extraordinarily low noise floor, jitter as well as the capability of the new probe module for instrument calibration. The 110GHz 4-channel variant of the UXR-Series oscilloscope has an MSRP of $1.3 Million US dollars.

Teardown, Repair and Analysis of an Agilent 4338B (10uΩ – 100kΩ) Milliohmmeter

In this episode Shahriar repairs an Agilent 4338B milliohmmeter. This instrument is capable of measuring extremely small resistances down to 10uΩ while maintaining a DUT voltage of less than 20mV. The instrument powers on with the message ADC Failure. Investigation reveals that the instrument uses an obsolete ADC which must be removed from the board in order to reverse engineer its operation. While the ADC turns out to be functional, a PAL device which controls the ADC timing is faulty. A new device is salvaged from a donor board to complete the repair. The instrument is then used to measure several small known resistances.

International Microwave Symposium 2018 – 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 2018.

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.


The video is organized as follows:

00:00:08 – Introductions
00:02:21 – Keysight Technologies (www.Keysight.com)
00:12:25 – Rohde & Schwarz (www.rohde-schwarz.com)
00:21:12 – X-Microwave (www.xmicrowave.com)
00:26:49 – MPI-Corporation (www.mpi-corporation.com)
00:33:34 – Siglent Technologies (www.siglentamerica.com)
00:36:56 – Signal Hound (www.signalhound.com)
00:40:34 – Mini-Circuits (www.minicircuits.com)
00:44:39 – Pico Technology (www.picotech.com)
00:48:11 – Virginia Diodes Inc. (www.vadiodes.com)
00:50:21 – SAF Tehnika (www.saftehnika.com)
00:52:28 – LPFK (www.lpkf.com)
00:55:45 – Teledyne Technologies (www.teledyne.com)
00:56:55 – Maury-Microwave (www.maurymw.com)
00:58:20 – Noisecom & Boonton (www.noisecom.com)
01:00:00 – Guzik Technical Enterprises (www.guzik.com)
01:03:00 – Connectronics Inc. (www.connectronicsinc.com)
01:03:43 – A.J. Tuck Company (ajtuckco.dyndns.org)
01:04:51 – HyperLabs Inc. (www.hyperlabsinc.com)
01:07:15 – Holzworth Instruments (www.holzworth.com)

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