Friday, April 16, 2021

Buying much-needed ICs from the gray market to keep production lines going?


Buying much-needed ICs from the gray market to keep production lines going during IC shortages?  Hard-to-detect counterfeit chips are a huge problem for purchasers and distributors alike, an expensive mistake to make!  

TheABI Sentry, a simple to use Counterfeit IC Detector. This unique solution quickly and easily detects the authenticity of ICs and components. ABI Sentry uses a combination of electronic parameter settings (voltage, frequency, source resistance and waveform) to generate a PinPrint for each pin of the IC being checked.  It then compares the unique electrical signature of known components with suspect components.  ABI Sentry can quickly detect missing or incorrect dies, lack of bond wires, inaccurate pin outs and pin impedance variations. Simple pass or fail results are returned after testing, offering a high level of confidence in the authenticity of components.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

How Do You Measure Picoamps Accurately?

The RBD Instruments 9103 is a rugged, portable, affordable, and ASCII programmable, RBD's 9103 USB Picoammeter that measures bi-polar DC current from picoamps to milliamps. It can be biased with an optional built-in fixed +90V DC bias, or your own low-noise DC power supply. Data Logging and graphing software is included for Microsoft Windows. The 9103 is compatible w/ OSx, Linux, Matlab, and LabView, and can be controlled via a simple ASCII interface. The 9103 works well in noisy environments. It was designed for measuring electron and ion beams as well as diode and IC I/V characterization. The 9103 is multi-channel capable - up to 127 can be synchronized.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Scope WIns #ElektraAwards 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿!

 Pico Technology’s PicoScope 6000E series 4-ch FlexRes oscilloscopes won #ElektraAwards 𝗧𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗬𝗲𝗮𝗿. Powerful USB-connected/powered PC scopes with up to 1GHz bandwidth, 5GSa/s, 2GSa memory.

Siglent SDM3065X 6 ½ Dual Display DMM. “This is a GREAT meter for the price. Back when I started in this business this would have been a >$10k device. I purchased it for the resolution as well as the thermocouple measurement.” William E. (TX, USA)

This economical 6½ digit dual-display digital multimeter is suited to high-precision, multifunction, and automation measurement applications. It combines basic high-accuracy measurement functions, with multiple math and display choices, and special features including histogram, trend chart, bar chart, statistics, hold measurement, dBm, etc. The front panel features a 4.3” (480 x 272) high resolution color TFT-LCD display that clearly shows the 2,200,000 count readings. This DMM’s clear keyboard layout and operation make it easy and quick to use.  Its many interfaces for remote storage and communication include USB Device, USB Host and LAN.  The Ethernet connection interface supports the common SCPI command set. It even includes built-in cold terminal compensation for thermocouple temperature measurements.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Best Value 4-ch 100MHz Scope? $399!

SIGLENT’s SDS1104X-U with sample rate of 1 GSa/s and 14Mpts memory, 400,000 frames/sec  waveform capture rate and an innovative digital trigger system.

·         ·         100 MHz bandwidth

        ·         Real-time sampling rate up to 1 GSa/s

·         ·         The newest generation of SPO technology

·         ·         Waveform capture rates up to 100,000 wfm/s (normal mode) and 400,000 wfm/s (sequence mode)

·        ·         Supports 256-level intensity grading and color temperature display modes

·         ·         Record length up to 14Mpts

·         ·         Digital trigger system

·        ·         Intelligent trigger: Edge, Slope, Pulse Width, Window, Runt, Interval, Time out (Dropout), Pattern

·        ·         Serial bus triggering and decoding (Standard), supports protocols IIC, SPI, UART, CAN, LIN

·         ·         Video trigger, supports HDTV

·         ·         10 types of one-button shortcuts, supports Auto Setup, Default, Cursors, Measure, Roll, History, Display/Persist, Clear Sweep, Zoom and Print

·         ·         Segmented acquisition (Sequence) mode, divides the maximum record length into multiple segments (up to 80,000), according to trigger conditions set by the user

·         Automatic measurement function for 38 parameters as well as Measurement Statistics, Zoom, Gating, Math, History and Reference functions

Monday, April 12, 2021

Unique Dataloggers Record Multiple Parameters At Once!

Swiss-based MSR Electronics GmbH produces unique compact, multi-input dataloggers that record multiple parameters simultaneously, precisely and efficiently. Applications include: aircraft and flight attitude monitoring, R&D quality measurements, sports, human and material testing, process flow, medical prediagnostics, pharmaceutical long-term data acquisition, drug testing, environment air, soil and climate measurements. Dustproof or waterproof loggers can monitor: temperature, RH, pressure (e.g. altimeter, water level, barometer), 3-axis acceleration (e.g. determining position) and 2 to 4 analog inputs (0 to 3.0 V;12 bit).

Friday, April 9, 2021

Measurements On The Run?

 Siglent’s SHS820 is a 200MHz 2-ch portable oscilloscope that has bench-top features and is ideal for field application circuit measurements, electrical debugging, education, scientific research, and quality control.  It includes a 6000 count multimeter, and a waveform recorder in a very portable unit. Put one in your traveling toolkit!