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What kind of wire connectors are these? [duplicate]

The loop ones. I've never seen them before.
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What is a “universal bridge”?

I recently came across this intriguing instrument from the 1970s(?): It's a "Universal Bridge" made by Wayne Kerr. It's not a type of device I've come across before and I'm curious what these are (...
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Gold coated multimeter test probes

I found around a couple of damaged "gold coated" probes, after checking the inner wire it happens to be made of cooper, my questions here are simple 1) Why coat the tips if the rest of the probe is ...
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What parts would one typically use for automated PCB testing?

I have a circuit board in production, primarily through-hole, to the tune of ~400 units per year. Each one is manually inspected and tested. The board has ten distinct voltage rails, four voltage ...
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What is “tracking” on a bench power supply?

I'm looking at buying a bench power supply. Some of them have Constant Voltage / Constant Current (CV/CC) listed as a feature, and that I understand. But some also list tracking as a feature. What ...
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What equipment do I need to test an eye diagram for USB?

I'd like to test USB full speed with a goal of testing high speed (480 Mbit/s), I have a tek scope that does 300 MHz (which I could upgrade to 500 MHz) and I'm looking at a 500 MHz differential probe. ...
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What is a good way to test maximum current?

I am building a device that can power other devices (it has a voltage regulator, battery controller, etc...). What is a good way to measure how much current it will provide, and/or test if it will ...
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What does sequences like 1-3, 1-10, 1-3-10 etc in a spectrum analyzer mean?

I have read in a paper explaining spectrum analyzer basic 'When selecting the RBW(resolution BW), there is usually a 1-10 or a 1-3-10 sequence of RBWs available. More RBWs are better because this ...
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Why are non-contact voltage detectors sensitive to vibration?

I have noticed that if I slap a non-contact voltage detector against my palm, the LED blinks. I have tried this with four six different detectors, each a different brand, and each clearly a different ...
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Scopes and probes

I have a descent set of probes that are rated at 100MHz, overkill for my current scope, only rated at 15MHz, but I am looking at a couple of different options for used scopes right now, some rated as ...
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Test fixture PCB reliability metrics?

I am working on a project for a client that involves developing a reliability test fixture that will be used for stressing the end test device (DUT). The test fixture is a PCB which has linear power ...
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Why does microwave test equipment use N connectors?

Almost all of the microwave test equipment I've ever seen and used has N connectors, with exception of some scopes that use either custom fancy BNCs (keysight does/used to do this)) or SMA. ...
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Measurement and characterization of a non-linear capacitance

Background I am studying a device that is a non-linear capacitance. In fact, structurally it is two parallel plates with a charged fluid in between the plates. The charged species of the fluid can ...
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ESR meter: Are in-circuit readings accurate?

I recently bought one of these ESR meters, a 'MESR-100': http://www.amazon.com/MESR100-AutoRanging-Circuit-Capacitor-Tester/dp/B00G7OPBP2 It claims to be able to test capacitor ESR with the caps ...
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Diagnosing power supply issues?

I have a workstation that's becoming a little long in the tooth, as it were. It's a rock solid system, but about a year ago it had a faulty power supply that I replaced. During the past 11 or so ...
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Good equipments to measure current consumption for IoT devices [closed]

I was asked to bought some equipment to measure the current consumption for the IoT devices. The company is a startup and has a limited budget for this (let's say less than 5k$). I'm looking for an ...
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Is there such a thing as a pin (or pogo pin) clamp for testing?

I'm an amateur tinkerer of electronic components, and was wondering if a product like I'm about to describe exists for testing components. Say you have an arduino pro mini board. You want to access ...
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Test pad's ESD protection

I design a module with onboard test-pads. I put ESD protections to all out-world connections like sockets etc. But I want to ask that; should I put ESD protections to test-pads and ISP socket inputs?...
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I need an amp meter that requires no splitting of the wires

I need to measure the amperes of the current flowing through a cable; the power is consumed by an electric motor. For that purpose, I am looking for an amperemeter that requires no splitting of the ...
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How to test/flash many modules?

Suppose I have several hundred pieces of the same module to test and flash, and the connectors themselves have wire holes in them like below. What's a good way to make the connection without soldering?...
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Curve Tracer Power Supply Puzzle

On my continuing odyssey to analyze real-life circuits as a way to expand my knowledge, I'm studying this Heathkit Curve Tracer: IT-1121 Curve Tracer Schematic There are a couple of features about ...
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Simple Faraday cage?

The question Noisy data line clears up on wiring up multiple output pins of uC to Logic Analyzer got me to thinking that the best way to see if outside interference is causing problems for a circuit ...
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EAGLE 9.4.1 How do I autoroute a range of signals?

I have a board with three 32 input analog multiplexers, along with more components, connected to a 96 way DIN connector. How do I manually tell the autorouter to select only the muxers signals? I ...
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Is there a reason that phase testers are not prevalent in the USA?

Soft question here. I grew up in Ireland where phase testers (see picture) were used to check liveness of domestic wiring. They were also convenient for checking the ignition in a car. I never see ...
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Why does inserting a resistance in the common of my scope probe cause it to pick up AC noise so much worse?

I'm poking at the inside of a USB oscilloscope, with the hope of modifying it so that the scope probe commons can be referenced to different voltages. When I use my USB oscilloscope to measure a 24V ...
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Why does this guide recommend a 500MHz oscilloscope for power supply testing?

EDN have an interesting (for novices like myself!) guide on testing a power supply's design, in which they suggest a 500MHz oscilloscope as one piece of equipment necessary for "proper" testing: ...
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How to connect to tiny pogo pins in test fixture?

I'd need to build a test fixture with very small pogo pins (1.27 mm spacing between the closest pins). I've seen fixtures before that use very long, very thin pogo pins almost exactly like this one ...
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Selecting the equipment with the optimal 10 MHz reference

In a larger testbench I have 5 synchronized instruments (signal generators, ARBs, VSAs etc). I am trying to decide which instrument to take as "master". I rule out the older/cheaper parts (Tektronix ...
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10 MHz reference distribution (daisy chaining vs. BNC tees vs something else)

10 MHz is the quasi-standard for reference clock in measurement equipment. Most boxes have "REF in" and "REF out" or "10 MHz in"/"10 MHz out". In my case, I have a measurement setup consisting of an ...
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Power supply test lead design questions

So, now that I have a bench power supply (0-+/-25V at 0-1A, 0-6V at 0-5A) on my bench, I need a set of test leads for it. Considering that I have had variable experiences with power supply test leads ...
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RF Emissions Testing and Discovery of Hidden Undocumented RF Device

I would like to know is it possible to induce RF emissions (incidental waves (re-radiation) from a RF device that is not transmitting ? The purpose of this testing is discover whether there is a ...
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How can I objectively compare TCXO performance?

I would like to evaluate an alternate TCXO used in a GPS receiver circuit. Our current TCXO works good but I'm looking to test a lower cost alternate. The alternate part is Epson TG - 5035CJ / CG / ...
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Making a model of a transformer

According to this link, the equivelent circuit diagram of a transformer (seen from the secondary side) looks like: Now, I want to find the values of the following constants: $$R_p,X_p,R_c,X_m,R_s,...
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Low volume mixed signal electronics production (hardware test, calibration, flashing) automation [closed]

I am designing a mixed-signal board with microcontroller that will need flash memory programming for its firmware, (self-)testing, and documentation for the final production steps. I know there is a ...
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output protection of testing equipment

I have testing equipment for testing PCBs. It consist of a PSU, Digital IO (48), ADC(96), communication ports and programmers. This question is about making the 48ch digital output module foolproof. ...
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RF generator TX antenna with low impedance can damage generator?

I got an RF generator R&S HAMEG HM8135 that I use in a testsystem to generate FM and AM stimuli in order to check if FM antenna and AM antenna is correctly mounted on the testobject in a ...
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Embedded board level functional test at factory

My embedded project has a GSM and a GPS module. What is the best way to test the radios of these modules after the production of CCA like in a factory conditions.I was thinking of signal generators ...
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Whats the best type of connector for test equipment? [closed]

I am selecting the components to use for a tester I am developing. I am looking at various types of board to board connectors. The requirements are: Rated to least 2A. Rated to ~200v. *High ...
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Discharging 100 A battery

I want to discharge a lead acid battery of 12 V having a capacity of 100 Ah for 20 hours. 100 Ah divided by 20 hours = 5 A 12 V divided by 5 A = 2.4 ohms Is my formula ...
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What kind of microscope is used to see the electronic flow on a microchip?

I've found an image, where anybody can see the electron flux on an active microchip (especially the conducting-path's). It's pretty amazing to see such electric flow and so I would like to know what ...
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Designing a test instrument to be connected to an oscilloscope

I'm working on a piece of test equipment that is intended to be hooked up to an oscilloscope to measure the waveforms it produces. Since that's its reason for being, I figured it made sense to provide ...
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Are old frequency counters good deals or a waste of money?

Other than knowing that you get the best results from a frequency counter by using a high quality crystal, like an oven crystal, I don't know too much about a frequency counters. I notice that you ...
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How and when does the kelvin measurament actually works?

I know that 4 - wires method uses 2 wires for driving current throught ammeter and measure current values. So, resistivity wires will be removed from the equation. Ammeter wires resistance has no ...
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Is it possible to test a MIDI device through its connector with a multimeter?

I have a Fluke 115 multimeter available that I'm hoping has capabilities to register (even with low fidelity) any MIDI signals flowing out of a handful of devices. ...
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How to check if there is electric current on material surface?

If there is electric current on a material surface (but not an obvious thing like outlet hole or such), what is the best tool to check it ? Is it possible to use multimeter? Example case: There is a ...
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How to check if an IC is fried?

I was using my 74173 (d-type register) today and accidentally attached the vcc pin to ground and the ground pin to 5v. I didn't realize this and turned on the power. A couple seconds after turning ...
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Drop test with load cell: longer impulse on load cell than optically

I have been performing a simple drop test on a load cell using a golf ball, recording the impact using a Phantom camera as well as collecting the data from the load cell. The problem arises when you ...
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Is my K-type thermocouple defective, or am I using it wrong?

I have two K-type thermocouples that look exactly like the one below. One was sold as good to 800C, and the other was quoted as having a temperature range from 0-400C. I have been swapping them ...
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What is an impedance bridge?

Today, I saw a very old historical piece of lab equipment at the university. It had a large number of dials, although not as large as you would see in an oscilloscope. The size was similar to an ...
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How to route current for ATE?

I have many test points on a board, a small DAQ, and an SMU that I can program with LabView. Depending on the test, I need to change which test point the SMU is sending/measuring voltage or current. ...