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.

2 comments

  1. Vicky says:

    thanks, this is useful since i am studying about reverse engineering. Can i use some points in my assignment? thanks

  2. fenugrec says:

    If only a few pins of the PAL are used, would it not be a practical option to attempt to reverse engineer the truth tables ? Granted the outputs are potentially registered which makes things more complicated.

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