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Review & Experiments of the Signal Hound BB60C Spectrum Analyzer & TG124A Tracking Generator

BB60C

In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the Signal Hound Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer (BB60C) and Tracking Generator (USB-TG124A). In order to evaluate the performance of these units a few experiments have been setup. The performance of the Signal Hound unit is compared with the Tektronix RSA306.

A set of FHSS 900MHz long-range radios are used in the first experiment. The frequency hopping behavior, channelization, bandwidth and transmit powers are all captured using the BB60C. Furthermore, the recording capability and zero-span modes are used for frequency demodulation. The tracking generator (USB-124A) is then used to measure the performance of a band-pass microwave filter as well as a high-gain amplifier (40dB) gain. The free-space performance of the TekBox EMC Probe Set is also measured using the tracking generator.

Keithley 2460 Source Measure Unit (SMU) Review, Teardown and Experiments

Keithley 2460

In this episode Shahriar reviews the new Keithley 2460 Source Measure Unit (SMU). The Keithley 2460 shares all the touchscreen GUI advancements of the 2450 SMU and offers up to 100W of power in full four-quadrant operation. The combination of the 2450 and 2460 SMUs from Keithley offer a wide range of applications.

After a brief teardown of the instrument, several experiments are devised to demonstrate the TSP scripting as well as KickStart software capabilities. The experiments include LED failure modes, Geiger counter setup, Op-amp based voltage regulator characterization, temperature controller, non-linear transconductance emulation and data collection application.

Experiments and Teardown of the Teledyne LeCroy LabMaster 10-100zi 100GHz, 240GS/s Oscilloscope

10-100zi

In this world exclusive episode, Shahriar visits Teledyne LeCroy to take a close look at the operation, teardown and experiments with the LabMaster 10-100zi, 100GHz simultaneous bandwidth, 240GS/s real-time oscilloscope. This instrument provides either a single 100GHz channel, or two 33GHz and one 65GHz digitizing channels. The instrument uses a frequency interleaving technique invented and implemented at LeCroy.

The block diagram and the theory of operation of the scope is presented. This includes the architecture of the 4x80GS/s ADCs and the triple frequency interleaving system. The teardown of the scope includes a close look at the ADC platform, the dual frequency interleaving (65GHz operation) and the triple frequency interleaving (100GHz operation). The experiments with the scope demonstrate the instrument’s capability to digitize signals up 100GHz using the beat frequency of two non-coherent lasers. The scope is also used to capture a 4pS rise time pulse from a femtosecond laser pulse system and a high-speed photo detector.
A complete factory tour is also presented where Teledyne LeCroy assembles all their oscilloscope products right here in the USA.

Review and Teardown of the Analog Arts SL987 USB Oscilloscope AWG Pattern Generator and Logic Analyzer

SL987

In this episode Shahriar takes a close look at the Analog Arts USB based mixed-domain instrument. The SL987 offers an oscilloscope, arbitrary waveform generator, FFT-based spectrum analyzer, pattern generator and logic analyzer in a compact form factor.

The teardown of the unit is presented along with the datasheet of every major component on the PCB. Some design limitations and concerns are presented along with basic performance verifications.

Review, Teardown and Experiments with a Keysight MSO-S Series 10-bit 20GS/s Oscilloscope

MSO-S

In this episode Shahriar does an extensive review and teardown of the Keysight (Agilent) MSO-S Series 10-bit 20GS/s Oscilloscope. This scope supports bandwidths up to 8GHz and 400M points of memory per channel. With hardware 10-bit ADCs as well as an ultra low-noise front-end, this scope offers an impressive dynamic range on all four channels. All scope features are software upgradable.

The teardown consists of a close look at the acquisition board and the system blocks diagram. Various elements such as the ADC structure, FPGAs, memory and the time-base are all examines. The scope offers a +/-12ppb time-base with a 100fs jitter noise floor. Some basic performance measurements are also presented such as noise and SFDR.

The wireless experiment shows the performance of the scope in demodulating very low-power signals on an RF carrier. A -75dBm 2.5GHs QPSK signal can be demodulated by the scope. The instrument can also demodulate a 16QAM signal in presence of an interfering signal which is 44dB higher in signal power. All demodulation experiments are performed using the Keysight VSA.

The backplane experiments demonstrate the scope’s capability to perform jitter and noise analysis on multi-gigabit serial links. The built-in equalization software suites are used to find the FFE coefficients and those coefficients are used to perform hardware equalization in an FPGA communication link.

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