Friday, December 29, 2017

Build a Remote RF Monitoring System!

The TSA Range of Spectrum Analyzers are economical USB-stick-sized miniature RF tools with large instrument performance. These PC-connected devices can perform most of the basic tests of much more expensive bench-top spectrum analyzers. A useful ‘remote’ feature allows the PC-connected USB-powered analyzers to be controlled remotely from anywhere via the Internet, allowing for the creation of an easy-setup remote RF monitoring system.  Test data is displayed on the attached PC using the supplied software, with calibrated level, linearity and frequency.

Though tiny, the TSA Range of Spectrum Analyzers covers a wide measurement range in three models: TSA4G1 (1MHz - 4.15GHz), TSA6G1 (1MHz - 6.15GHz), and TSA8G1 (1MHz - 8.15GHz).  They accept signal levels into standard SMA input connectors from - 110 dBm to +30 dBm (input power up to 1 W) and feature a noise level as low as -110 dBm. Frequency stability is +/- 5ppm and the minimum scanning step is 2kHz at 1MHz span.  Resolution bandwidths can be set to 50kHz, 100kHz, 200kHz, or 500kHz.  Scanning over the whole frequency range is 0.2s for ‘fast-scan’, and 2.3s for normal scan.

Signal processing is performed with the free downloadable PC-based software.  Once the device’s parameters are set (center frequency and span, markers - peak, minimum or arbitrary, max hold, amplitude and reference level, sweep time and number of screen captures), the analyzer immediately commences a frequency sweep on pressing the “Start” button. The resolution bandwidth is automatically selected based on the span.  

No larger than a pack of chewing gum, the TSA Range of SpectrumAnalyzers are nevertheless sufficient for rapid EMC analysis and for troubleshooting RF signals in wireless remotes, cordless phones, wireless monitors, ATE systems and radios, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiMax and other wireless applications, for field service, installation, and education.  Accurate and stable in frequency, they can be used for EMC pre-compliance testing with the optional inexpensive near-field probe set TNP6Gx. This probe set includes two magnetic (H) field and two electric field probes, designed for resolving emissions problems. 

Supplied complete with a 60” USB extension cable, a software CD, and a fixed 30 dB attenuator for higher power measurements, the compact (87.5mm x 23mm x 15mm) and extremely light weight (20g) TSA Range of Spectrum Analyzers are ideal for field test and servicing requirements since they are so convenient to add to a laptop bag.   

Applications: FM radio, Two way radio, TV application, Remote controller, Cellular and PCS, CDMA and GSM, GPRS, Edge,WCDMA and 3G, LTE.  915MHz, 2.4G ISM band application, 5.8G ISM band application (TSA6G1 and TSA8G1 models only). Bluetooth/WiFi/WiMax testing,  Field testing and installation, ATE systems, Near field testing and EMC experiments.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

PicoScope 6000 Series – Their Top-Performing PC-based Oscilloscope!

Deep-memory high-performance USB scopes

The PicoScope 6000 Series is the ultimate USB oscilloscope. High-end features such as serial decoding, mask limit testing and segmented memory are included as standard.

  • 4 channels
  • 500 MHz bandwidth
  • 5 GS/s real-time sampling
  • 2 GS ultra-deep memory
  • 170,000 waveforms per second
  • Arbitrary waveform generator (AWG)
  • USB 3.0 interface
  • Windows, Linux and Mac software  

Best-in-class bandwidth, sampling rate and memory depth

With 250 MHz to 500 MHz analog bandwidths complemented by a real-time sampling rate of 5 GS/s, the PicoScope 6000 Series scopes can display single-shot pulses with 200 ps time resolution. Equivalent time sampling (ETS) mode boosts the maximum sampling rate to 50 GS/s, giving an even finer timing resolution of 20 ps for repetitive signals.

The PicoScope 6000 Series gives you the deepest buffer memory available as standard on any oscilloscope at any price. The SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface and hardware acceleration ensures that the display is smooth and responsive even with long captures. Other oscilloscopes have high maximum sampling rates, but without deep memory they cannot sustain these rates on long timebases. The 2-gigasample buffer on the PicoScope 6404D can hold two 200 ms captures at the maximum sampling rate of 5 GS/s. To help manage all this data, PicoScope can zoom up to 100 million times using a choice of two zoom methods. There are zoom buttons as well as an overview window that lets you zoom and reposition the display by simply dragging with the mouse.

Hardware acceleration ensures fast screen update rates even when collecting 10,000,000 samples per waveform

Hardware Acceleration Engine (HAL4)

Some oscilloscopes struggle when you enable deep memory; the screen update rate slows and controls become unresponsive. The PicoScope 6000 Series avoids this limitation with use of a dedicated hardware acceleration engine inside the oscilloscope. Its massively parallel design effectively creates the waveform image to be displayed on the PC screen and allows the continuous capture and display to the screen of 2.5 billion samples every second. 

PicoScope oscilloscopes manage deep memory better than competing oscilloscopes, both PC-based and benchtop.

The PicoScope 6000 Series is fitted with fourth-generation hardware acceleration (HAL4). This speeds up areas of oscilloscope operation such as allowing waveform update rates in excess of 170 000 waveforms per second and the segmented memory/rapid trigger modes. The hardware acceleration engine ensures that any concerns about the USB connection or PC processor performance being a bottleneck are eliminated.

170 000 waveforms per second

An important specification to understand when evaluating oscilloscope performance is the waveform update rate, which is expressed as waveforms per second. While the sample rate indicates how frequently the oscilloscope samples the input signal within one waveform, or cycle, the waveform capture rate refers to how quickly an oscilloscope acquires waveforms.

Oscilloscopes with high waveform capture rates provide better visual insight into signal behavior and dramatically increase the probability that the oscilloscope will quickly capture transient anomalies such as jitter, runt pulses and glitches – that you may not even know exist.

PicoScope deep memory oscilloscopes use hardware acceleration to achieve over 170 000 waveforms per second.

Waveform buffer and navigator

Ever spotted a glitch on a waveform, but by the time you’ve stopped the scope it has gone? With PicoScope you no longer need to worry about missing glitches or other transient events. PicoScope can store the last ten thousand oscilloscope or spectrum waveforms in its circular waveform buffer.

The buffer navigator provides an efficient way of navigating and searching through waveforms, effectively letting you turn back time. Tools such as mask limit testing can also be used to scan through each waveform in the buffer looking for mask violations.

Signal integrity

Most oscilloscopes are built down to a price. PicoScopes are built up to a specification.

Careful front-end design and shielding reduces noise, crosstalk and harmonic distortion. Years of oscilloscope design experience can be seen in improved bandwidth flatness and low distortion.

We are proud of the dynamic performance of our products and, unlike most oscilloscope manufacturers, publish our specifications in detail. The result is simple: when you probe a circuit, you can trust in the waveform you see on the screen.

USB connectivity

The USB connection not only allows high-speed data acquisition and transfer, but also makes printing, copying, saving, and emailing your data from the field quick and easy.

PicoScope 6000 Series oscilloscopes feature a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connection, making the already-optimized process of data transfer and waveform update rates even faster. Further benefits of a USB 3.0 connection include faster saving of waveforms and faster gap-free continuous streaming of over 150 MS/s when using the SDK, while the scope is still backward-compatible with older USB systems.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Saelig Intros Economical EMI Tent Enclosures For Benchtop Precompliance Tests

Compact, affordable RF /EMI Portable Tent Test Enclosures allow for bench-top evaluations in an EMI-free environment

Saelig Company, Inc. has announced the TekBox TBST120/60/60/2 Shielded Tent which provides an economical RF/EMI-attenuated environment for a variety of bench-top “EMI quiet” applications.  The TBST-120/60/60/2 is a compact shielded tent, designed to suppress interference from ambient noise during EMC pre-compliance measurements. With outer dimension of 4’ x 2’ x 2’ it can accommodate pre-compliance test equipment such as LISNs or TEM-cells or others as well as the device under test, yet easily fit on a test bench.

Saelig Logo

The TBST-120/60/60/2 shielded tent has been designed with two layers of conductive fabric, suspended on rigid aluminum supports, the double-layer design significantly improving the tent’s shielding effectiveness. A filter panel mounted at the side provides one 240V/10A AC filter, two 240V/10A DC filters, and four coaxial feed through adapters with screw caps. The front opening provides access to the test space and is closed using conductive hook-and-loop tape in order to avoid compromising the shielding efficacy.
When measuring the conducted noise spectrum of a powered device being tested in an unshielded setup, conducted noise to be measured is often hidden below the ambient noise level, making accurate measurements impossible without eliminating the interference.  Most shielded environments have previously been prohibitively expensive for many situations, but the TekBox shielded solution is now available at under $2,000.
Outer dimensions:   47.25” x 24” x 24”
                Opening:                  33.5” x 13.8”
                Frame:                      0.8” x 0.8”extruded aluminum supports
                Shielding:                 2 layers of conductive fabric
                Seal:                         conductive Velcro tape
                Suspension:              Velcro strips
                Filter panel:              1 x 240V/10A AC filter; IEC socket
                                                 2 x 240V/10A DC filter; cables with female Banana couplers­­­
                                                 3 x N- female feed through connector with screw caps
                                                 1 x BNC-female feed through connector
                Attenuation:             >58 dB in the range DC to 1.5 GHz
                Weight:                     23.75lb
Applications include: wireless device testing, EMC pre-compliance testing, secure communications, satellite communications, medical equipment shielding, operator safety, etc.
This high-attenuation enclosure, created by EMI experts TekBox, is available now from their authorized North American distributor Saelig Company, Inc. Fairport, NY.

Details here:

Friday, December 22, 2017

CleverScope News: CS448 Isolated High Voltage Oscilloscope

2017 was a busy year with our CS448 Isolated High Voltage Oscilloscope being released at Nuremberg in May. We have had difficulty keeping up with demand ever since. Interest has been strong with a number of universities and research companies finding it an attractive acquisition.

We have just released the latest multi-channel software which also includes FRA capability. This works with multiple units of either CS328A or CS448.

Here is the new control panel –

We set up the CS448 to look at the TI TPS55340 5V output supply loaded with 2.5A. Autotable was used with a 5mV response goal.

The Gain/Phase response is:

The Phase margin is 57.78deg at 7136 Hz.  The Gain Margin is 12.75 db at 26982 Hz.

The scope graph was automatically set to capture the 5V rail:

We can see the pretty good resolution.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

We hit 400!!!

Social media is becoming more and more important these days.  Which is why we've tried to add as many of our and our suppliers videos on our YouTube channel:

We have 400 videos on the site now.

We've grouped them by subject as well as by vendor.

Take a look - see if some of the videos help you in your work.

Apparently, YouTube is now the second biggest search engine so that's why we're pursuing it.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Automotive Test

Last century, setting the points, checking the timing and cleaning spark plugs was all you had to do to get your car to run well. Today's cars are sensitive, computerized machines that usually require complex equipment to diagnose and keep running in top condition.
We have affordable kits to diagnose many automotive issues, from current loggers from Klaric, LIN and CANbus loggers from IHR, and electrical system diagnostics kits from Pico Technology. With Pico’s award-winning Automotive Diagnostic Kits, fault diagnosis is fast and accurate. Requiring no special harnesses or software subscriptions, our automotive diagnostic products are suitable for all makes and models of modern motor vehicles.
We are working on the design of a Pico-based product for auto service engineers.  Ask us about it !

Monday, December 18, 2017

Great value, versatile 3 O/P DC Power Supplies

The SPD3303X-E Linear Programmable DC Power Supply offers three independent, isolated outputs, with a minimum resolution 10mV/10mA. Channels 1 and 2 can each output up to 32V at 3.2A, while Channel 3 is designed as a logic supply, selectable to 2.5/3.3/5V at up to 3.2A. Each output has short-circuit and overload protection, and an intelligent temperature-controlled fan reduces operational noise.
 Siglent SPD3303X-E DC Power Supply

The SPD3303X-E’s 10mV/10mA resolution provides accurate setting and read back accuracy  -  not possible with lower resolution power supplies. Two channels can be combined in series or parallel to make one output with more power, extending the range of usefulness. Each power channels can be turned on or off independently, but all outputs can also be turned on or off simultaneously.

The large 4.3” 480 x 272 color LCD enables clear setting and programming operations. Five groups of system parameters can be saved or recalled, and the SPD3303X-E – which supports SCPI and LabView control - comes with Easypower PC control software. USB Device and LAN interfaces are available.

More here:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Going to DesignCon 2018 in Santa Clara?

See Teledyne LeCroy at #DesignCon!
Register now and save 20% on your choice of an All-Access or 2-Day Pass by using this promo code GUEST—or claim your complimentary Expo Pass.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Creating RF Test Instruments With Programmable USB Modules

There is a trend in increasing use of mix-and-match USB-powered RF measurement devices to create powerful RF test set-ups. 

Creating a custom automated test system for RF signals up to 18 GHz usually requires costly instruments controlled from a PC. Computer-controlled test equipment once required racks of instruments connected to a control computer via GPIB. But GPIB has all but disappeared in new equipment and there is an increasing trend of using USB modules to quickly making test systems with laptop control that are affordable and that fit in a briefcase for field work.  No longer do you need to have a customized rackmount system specially designed for you.  You can build what you need with reusable USB RF building blocks.Telemakus is one of several companies now offering high-frequency measurement and signal generation functions through 18 GHz that take advantage of a laptop or personal computer (PC) for its processing and display capabilities.

Telemakus RF modules put the subsections of complex bench instruments into USB-powered and USB-controlled modules that can be interconnected to create just the components needed for specific testing situations, reducing equipment cost outlay dramatically.  A growing number of RF test functionalities are now possible simply by connecting novel USB-connected RF devices to a personal computer.  Automated measurement systems can be created by attaching specific Universal Serial Bus (USB) dongles to a personal computer and controlling them with Telemakus’ free GUI software provided.  Among the functionalities available now are frequency synthesizers, vector modulators, phase shifters, RF switches, amplifiers, and root-mean-square (RMS) power meters. 

Telemakus’ USB2.0 modules work with any Windows PC, and as many as 127 USB devices can be connected through a USB hub.  Each of these versatile USB test modules contains built-in memory and a microprocessor to store program and calibration data, and they leverage the PC's display and processing capabilities to clearly indicate and interpret RF and microwave measurements. All of the USB instruments are supported and controlled by simple graphical user interface (GUI) software that enables setting of controls and entering data points for measurements.  This makes for an extremely portable RF test solution that can be slipped into the pocket of the laptop PC’s bag, ready for field work at a moment’s notice.

For instance, to create a customized test system, a synthesized signal generator can be combined with a 7 bit, 0.25dB attenuator to control output power, and connected to a power amplifier for connection with a device under test; a USB-connected Power Sensor can measure the output signal, and all these modules and their outputs can be monitored and controlled using the user-friendly graphical software package provided, rivaling the functionality of a very expensive scalar network analyzer.  Tremendous cost savings can be obtained this way, not to mention the extreme portability of the solution for field work.  These innovative modules leverage the enormous power and capabilities of the PC.  Each module has its own flash memory and microprocessor, so the calibration parameters for each device are stored internally.

The TEV2700-45 RF Vector Modulator is ideal for vector signal measurements, beam-forming, and amplitude and/or phase-correction applications. It accepts inputs to +23 dBm from 1800 to 2700 MHz and provides at least a 360 degree phase control range with 12bit resolution and 45-dB dynamic range. Input signals are fed in via an SMA male connector, with outputs are also available on an SMA female connector. Signals are subjected to less than 6dB insertion loss as part of the modulation process, with 9dB typical return loss. Each vector modulator is factory-calibrated at three frequencies, but additional calibration points can be added by the user. An easy-to-use graphical interface facilitates keypad or on-screen slider controls data entry.  

Telemakus Frequency Synthesizers are stabilized by an internal 10 MHz crystal reference oscillator with excellent temperature stability. Model TEG250-15 is the lowest-frequency signal source member, tunable from 140 MHz to 250 MHz in steps as small as 1 kHz. It delivers +15dBm low-spurious output power across the whole bandwidth, with better than  -118dBc/Hz phase noise. The tiny signal generator features on/off power control and draws 150 mA from the USB’s +5VDC.  For generating microwave test signals, the TEG10200-1 provides +15dBm from 9.3 to 10.2 GHz, and uses an internal 10 MHz crystal reference oscillator with 2.5ppm frequency stability from -40 to +55degC. It achieves phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz offset 100 kHz from the carrier, with spurious levels of -75 dBc, second harmonics of -20 dBc, and third harmonics of -30 dBc, drawing 250 mA from the USB port. Other signal generators cover frequency ranges of 700 to 1000 MHz (TEG1000-10), 1800 to 2700 MHz (TEG-2700-6), and 2700 to 3500 MHz (TEG3500-8), with phase noise of -105 dBc/Hz phase noise offset 10 kHz from the carrier. A simple visual GUI can control multiple USB frequency synthesizers for multi-tone testing situations. The GUI allows a choice of tuning in steps of 1 kHz, 10 kHz, 100 kHz, and 1 MHz.

USB module RF Amplifiers are available for boosting signals when needed:  for instance, TAMP6000-15 provides 15 dB gain from 100 MHz to 6 GHz with +19 dBm typical output power at 2 GHz and 1dB compression.

Several true RMS Power Meters are also available: TED10200-45 has a 45 dB dynamic range from 9.3 to 10.2 GHz, with RF power being measured using a built-in logarithmic detector.  An internal temperature sensor ensures accuracy over a wide temperature range, and it can handle inputs to +20 dBm from an SMA male connector with accuracy of 0.5dB to +10dBm. TED6000-50 power meter suits 50 MHz to 6 GHz frequencies, and TED14500-45 is available for 14.0 to 14.5 GHz.

Phase Shifters are a critical component in many RF and microwave systems. The Telemakus family of octave-wide phase shifters provide precision control of RF and microwave frequencies – again housed in USB thumb-drive-sized modules. These phase shifters boasts greater than 360 degree phase range and low insertion loss. Applications include controlling the relative phase of each element in a phase array antenna in a radar or steerable communications link and for cancelation loops used in high linearity amplifiers. Telemakus offers modules that can control phase by at least 360degrees from 1 GHz up to 18 GHz in different modules, with insertion losses of around -4 dB.  

The Telemakus’ software API was created to assist users in developing creative and cost effective RF test applications using their USB devices across a wide variety of programming languages and development tools. The .NET- based common programming interface simplifies the task of integrating multiple devices into larger complex systems. A user can quickly design a very robust application by following just a few simple guidelines for managing how and when the USB pipes are opened and closed for each device. Adding a level of USB management to the error handler of the application can further strengthen its robustness. The possibilities of USB-controlled RF test equipment are limited only by the creativity of the developer. Not only can these devices be controlled by a PC, but they can be plugged into and operated from the front panel display of other Windows-based test instruments. The Telemakus API also allows installation of their range of USB-controlled RF products in LabView-based RF test applications.


Using any Windows PC and a USB hub, multiple USB  RF modules can be connected and controlled to build up a complex system of RF functions that include switches, attenuators, amplifiers, signal generators, vector modulators, phase shifters, frequency doublers, and power detectors.   But any of these modules can be used individually to perform a single signal modification function.  It is now easy and economical to combine various USB modules together to assemble a custom, reconfigurable and extremely portable RF test system, creating the features of expensive benchtop systems such as network analyzers, and synthesized signal generators at a fraction of their cost, with a resulting system that rivals expensive benchtop equipment with the portability of a laptop PC.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Price Drop! Wireless Scope Now Under $300!

The IkaScope WS200 is a pen-shaped battery-powered wireless oscilloscope that streams captured signals to almost any WiFi-connected screen.  The IkaScope WS200 offers a 30MHz bandwidth with its 200MSa/s sampling rate and the maximum input is +/-40Vpp.  It provides galvanically-isolated measurements even when a USB connection is charging the internal battery.  The IkaScope WS200 will work on desktop computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux) as well as on mobile devices like tablets or smartphones (iOS and Android Q4 2017).  The free application software can be downloaded for whichever platform is needed. 

The IkaScope WS200 has no power switch; it detects pressure on the probe tip and turns on automatically.  Patented ProbeClick technology saves battery life: all power-consuming circuitry is only turned on when the probe tip is pressed, and the IkaScope WS200 automatically shuts down completely after a short period of non-use. The internal 450mAh battery lasts about one week with daily regular use before recharging is necessary. An isolated USB connection allows for recharging the internal battery: two LEDs in the unit indicate battery charge and WiFi status. 
Clicking the Autoset button on the IkaScope software automatically adjusts gain and time-base to quickly view the signal optimally.  The IkaScope WS200 also knows when to measure and when to hold the signal display without the need for a Run/Stop button. The IkaScope's innovative Automatic History feature saves a capture of the signal when releasing pressure on the ProbeClick tip.  The History Database is divided into Current Session and Favorites, where signal captures are permanently saved, even after the application is closed.  Previously measured signals can quickly be recalled.  
Most desktop oscilloscopes have a static reference grid with a fixed number of divisions, but the IkaScope allows pinch and zoom on touch screens (or zoom in/out with a mouse wheel), stretching the grid and allowing an operator to move and zoom through a signal capture for detailed review.  The associated software even has a share button on the screen: simply click on it to share screenshot measurements.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Torque Transducers Test Advanced Electric and Hybrid Powertrains

Wireless rotary torque transducers from Sensor Technology Ltd are at the heart of a test rig to develop next generation technologies for electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains. With unique expertise in the electric motors and electronics used across the key powertrain technologies, AVID Technology relies on the innovative torque transducers as part of an automated approach to motor characterization.

Climate change, urban air quality and the rising cost of energy have become the defining issues of the 21st century. With energy consumption and exhaust emissions from vehicles and transport being significant contributors to these issues, governments across the world are driving moves to secure a future where the air is safe to breathe and transport is more sustainable.

In the UK this has seen the introduction of the government’s draft clean air policy, along with the announcement that sales of petrol-only and diesel-only vehicles will be banned from 2040, bringing the role of hybrid and electric vehicles to the fore. In evolutionary terms, these technologies are still in their infancy, and this is where AVID Technology comes in.

Based in the North-East of England, which is now a world-recognized center for automotive development, AVID Technology is a renowned leader in the design and manufacture of electrified powertrain and advanced thermal management systems for heavy-duty and high-performance electric and hybrid vehicles. Its technology also improves conventional internal combustion engine efficiency through parasitic loss reduction, efficient thermal management, lubrication, electrified ancillary systems and waste heat recovery.

The company develops powertrain improvement solutions for a wide range of electric and hybrid vehicle applications, including high performance passenger cars, heavy duty buses and trucks, as well as motorsport vehicles and off highway machinery. Its high efficiency electric motor and power electronics technology delivers class-leading electrified powertrains and propulsion systems.

In order to test and characterize the high performance electric motors used in electric and hybrid powertrains, AVID Technology designed and built a special purpose test rig. Central to the design of the test rig is an innovative wireless rotary torque measurement device from Sensor Technology. These non-contact surface wave acoustic (SAW) transducers offer significant advantages compared with strain gauges, magnetic torque sensors and optical devices that might be fitted to a conventional dynamometer for motor characterization.

Sensor Technology SAW-based devices are non-contact, robust and highly accurate. TorqSense torque sensors use two tiny SAW devices made of ceramic piezoelectric material containing frequency resonating combs. These are glued onto the drive shaft at 90 degrees to one another. As the torque increases the combs expand or contract proportionally to the torque being applied. In effect the combs act similarly to strain gauges but measure changes in resonant frequency.

The adjacent RF pickup emits radio waves towards the SAWs, which are then reflected back. The change in frequency of the reflected waves identifies the current torque. This arrangement means there is no need to supply power to the SAWs, so the sensor is non-contact and wireless.

These characteristics make the TorqSense transducers ideal for use in the stepper drive test rig. AVID Technology sales director Jordan Taylor explains: “The TorqSense transducer was chosen as it allowed us to use a fixed pedestal load motor and eliminate frictional losses and parallax errors from the load installation in the measurements. This allows AVID to produce very accurate performance characterization results compared to a conventional motor dynamometer.”

Not only has the sensor delivered superior and more accurate characterization results, it also enabled AVID to design a simpler test rig.

Reporting that the device has performed flawlessly in the application to date, AVID Technology is confident that its test rig will be key in enabling it to provide even smarter powertrain electrification, delivering on its vision of a cleaner, greener world.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Sync/update USB products from anywhere!

EtherSync is a network attachable USB charge and sync device that allows USB devices to connect to an Ethernet network. EtherSync is available with multiple USB connections which can be used for peripheral devices, tablets and smartphones.  Like our other products, EtherSync is universal and also offers a full 2.1A to each port.

Instead of using an expensive and vulnerable lap-top to manage your devices, you can use EtherSync anywhere Ethernet is available.
EtherSync enables a host computer to remotely access USB ports. This can be used, for example, to charge and sync tablet devices  in different classrooms from one central location, such as the ICT office. Each classroom would have one or more EtherSync units which is then accessed via Ethernet. This enables remote management of the tablets, which could be centralised to save time in visiting each classroom to perform OS or security updates, or physically moving them all to one location to change content.
EtherSync is not just designed for education. Health, retail or any other organisation could reduce costs and time by managing their USB devices remotely.
EtherSync will enable the remote management of tablets using existing, familiar tools such as iTunes and Configurator.
As with all Cambrionix products EtherSync comes with fully supported software and is upgradeable and ‘future proof.’

Thursday, December 7, 2017

MSR Data Loggers determine the causes of damage during transit

Case study Belimo Automation

The Swiss company Belimo Automation AG – worldwide leader for actuator and valve technology in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems – has printed circuit board assemblies for heating, ventilation and climate controls produced in China and in the Philippines. The printed circuit boards stored in the containers in cardboard boxes and blister packaging are especially sensitive towards exposure to humidity. In particular, it is the slide switches and plug-in connectors on the printed circuit boards that would be damaged by excessively high moisture levels or even direct exposure to water.

Once a week a standard container, loaded with products for this company only, arrives in Switzerland, following an approximately six-week sea voyage and subsequent land transport.

Belimo decided to employ the MSR145data loggers in order to monitor and document the transport conditions.

Click here to read the detailed user report...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Siglent SDS1000X-E is an ACE Finalist!

Siglent Technologies has been chosen as a finalist for the 2017 ACE Awards (Annual Creativity Awards) which is given out yearly in conjunction with EE Times and EDN. The winner will be named at this year's ESC – Silicon Valley (Embedded Systems Conference) on Wednesday, December 6 in San Jose, CA. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Rules for a Successful Networking Lunch

Betty Liu on LinkedIn writes some useful and sage advice!

5 Unwritten Rules for a Successful Networking Lunch:

Here's how to take full advantage of your next networking lunch:

1. Show up on time and confirm beforehand. It may seem pretty basic, but I've had lunch meetings end with me or my companion sitting at a table alone because one of us failed to confirm beforehand. Always find time the day before to confirm the time and place of the lunch so that you're both on the same page. And always arrive a few minutes early—being late is the easiest way to give someone a piece of information that can be used to pre-judge you.

2. Be well read. I get it. You're extremely busy building your business. You're working 24/7 at your job. There's really no excuse not to be up-to-date on major world news events. Remember that whoever you're trying to impress will have a lot of other interests besides his or her own business—being able to show that you're well-versed in politics, sports, or entertainment will enhance your conversational abilities, not to mention make you a more interesting person overall. I haven't spoken to one single successful person who isn't a voracious reader of newspapers and news sites.

3. Try to find a personal connection. Robert Wolf, a former Wall Street banker and one of former President Obama's close friends, is a master networker. You'd be hard-pressed to find someone he can't get to with his vast Rolodex. Wolf says he makes it a special point to remember personal details of people he's just met, which helps in fostering a connection outside of business. "I'm always putting notes in my contacts," he said in an episode of the Radiate podcast"If I'm having lunch or dinner with someone, and they tell me that their daughter is going to Penn, I like to remember those things. Those things are important."

4. Take the other person's lead on ordering. There's usually an alpha at the table who sets the tone, even if he or she is being extremely deferential, saying things like "Please go ahead" when the waiter or waitress comes. Make sure you figure out what the alpha wants to do so you don't go and order the three-course meal when he or she needs to run in 30 minutes time. Or order wine when the other abstains. There's a certain etiquette when dining with someone new. Again, don't trip up on small things that allow people to make judgments. (You don't want them to hear them say "Well, they sure like their three-martini lunches.")

5. Know how to graciously end a meal. Nobody likes to look at his or her watch or phone during a meal, but at some point, you know you have to go. The problem is often people wait until the very end of a meal to leap into the one thing they've wanted to talk about. The best way to effectively end a lunch date is to say to your lunch partner, "What time is your next appointment?" This gives that person an excuse to check the time and say when he or she has to leave so that you know when you'll need to wrap up. Lingering on and on in a conversation is excruciating, while ending abruptly without delivering the goods is a total waste of time. So once coffee is served, ask the key question and then execute on the out.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thermometer or Thermostat?

Here’s a thought-provoking question I just saw:

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?

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A thermometer is affected by its surroundings. Depending on the temperature, it goes up or down.

In contrast, a thermostat affects its surroundings. Unlike the thermometer, it controls the environment around it.

Do you merely react to what is happening around you, or do you have some kind of impact on it? Are you changing the culture, or is the culture changing you?