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Follow along with us as we share our experiences in the industry - the highs, the lows, and everything that falls in between.

The Single Channel Oscilloscope?

We’ve recently seen a number of announcements for single channel digital oscilloscopes. Some are configured like a (very large) pen. This is convenient, but the single channel is a real limitation. A single channel scope can display one signal, so it can … Read More

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Curing Circuit Oscillation

You have built some clever analog circuit and now, when you go to check it with an oscilloscope, you find that the output signal is a mess: not what you expected, but a mass of oscillation riding on the output … Read More

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Testing a Selenium Rectifier

    Before the invention of the silicon diode, designers had the choice of germanium point contact diodes for low currents, copper-oxide rectifiers in instruments, and selenium rectifiers for power applications. The selenium rectifier replaced the vacuum tube rectifier in … Read More

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Testing IGBTs

We were asked the other day whether our curve tracer CTR-101 can test IGBT devices. What’s an Insulated Gate Bipolar Tranistor (IGBT)? If you live in a world of small analog signals (that’s us), then you probably haven’t used an … Read More

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Analog Design Not Dead

I’m not much of a party person but there are occasions when one’s presence is required – and some parties can even be fun if you keep an open mind about it. (Just beware of an open bar on an … Read More

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Negative Tracking Power Supply

It is not uncommon for a circuit to have available a positive power supply, but require a negative supply. For example, using op-amps to process an alternating voltage signal (one that goes both positive and negative) may require a negative … Read More

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