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Burn In component testing

For pre and post electrical testing of burn in components under test: what is the best way to measure current and voltage through said burn in components before and after burn in to verify if the ...
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Input power requirements for “load regulation” tests on DC power supplies

My question is this: What is the convention, if any, for specifying a power supply's input voltage value when performing a load regulation test? Background A typical specification for DC power ...
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switch without diode

I have a project where I need to put a switch in between the resource from tester and the DUT. My DUT is a 48 pin device (semiconductor IC), each of the pins has its own ESD diode. The switch, for ...
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Product Safety Testing - EU

I was recently hit with the thought as to what safety tests a domestic electronic product has to go through before it is sold to consumers more specifically in the EU? I have been looking through ...
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Understanding Transition faults

I learned that the transition faults model checks whether data transition meets the clock or not Transition Faults : Assumes large delay defect concentrated at one logical node, such that any ...
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How can I test a DC car blower motor with an external resistor?

How can I test a DC car blower motor with an external resistor? (note that there is an existing question about testing DC motors, but the assumption there is that it has an internal resistor, and it ...
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Darlington Transistor TIP142 same type but different values

I have a bunch of Darlington NPN Transistors TIP142 that are removed from two separate identical boards. The 1st one have the TO−218 CASE (left side of the image) and the 2nd the TO−247 CASE (right ...
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Is there a variable forward voltage diode-like device or circuit construction?

I need to make a test PCB for an LED drive circuit that can drive a variety of different single LEDs. The forward voltage (Vf) of the LED could be anywhere from ~2.2V up to ~6.5V. I'd like the test ...
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What are the tradition ways to signify/advertise that a potentially dangerous long-running test is in progress? [closed]

I frequently need to run long-term tests which have some potential for damage or harm if e.g. someone disturbs the test apparatus without being aware that it's running a test. Say for example ...
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Is diode with forward voltage ~0.15v faulty?

I tested a diode model SB360 PFS which it showed about 0.15 forward voltage. The reverse voltage is zero. Looking the diode specification I read that Vf is 0.49v to 0.68v. So my question is if this ...
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Switching Mode Power Supply Fluctuating Output

I designed a switching mode power supply using LNK-562, I share the circuit schematic below. Note that NTC, fuse, and the input filter inductor is replaced with shorts in the real circuits. I am ...
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Test point map for BBC micro:bit

Does anyone have a map of the test points on the BBC micro:bit? Specifically, I'd like to connect a scope to the lines from the nRF51's UART to the USB chip, which the published schematic suggests ...
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Circuit testbench nailbed: how to test the pots?

Imagine I make an analog circuit, lets say a guitar pedal circuit (in a PCB of course). How can I test (automatically if possible) the potentiometers functionality, when testing in a nailbed ...
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How to test a MOV with no visible damage

As far as i know cumulative degradation occurs in a MOV when multiple surges appears in a circuit, A way to minimize this degradation is having multiple MOVs in parallel. This kind of damage can be ...
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Testing a thyristor

I have a very large high voltage device that a friend asked me to take a look at. It has a bunch of BIG thyristor packages (Semikron, SKKT 106/18 E, Dual Thyristor Module, 600A 1800V). I'm testing ...
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Testing eurorack input protection

I'm building a eurorack synth module, and I'm about to do the final tests on the design to make sure that the module cannot be destroyed (electronically, using what's available in the rack, so ...
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Puff of smoke in air. 3 different PCBs. PCB has ghosts?

Yes, that is a haiku.  (EDIT: fixed it... it is now actually a Haiku) No I'm not smiling. I'm doing some standard testing; seeing what happens when one of the two power rails gets shorted to GND on ...
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IEC 61952 Clause 11.1 Electrical Type Test

Where can I find the acceptance criteria for the Electrical Type Tests? Specifically, where is the Dry lightning impulse withstand voltage test and the Wet power-frequency test in the IEC 61952 Ed 2.0 ...
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How to test a DMX splitter

This question is related to the DMX splitter I'm building and shown in Prototyping a DMX splitter. However, for testing a different question is appropriate. I never really tested a hardware device, ...
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Help Shielding RF Anechoic Chamber - FM Stations

a collegue and I acquired a surplus small anechoic chamber (8 ft x 8 ft) for making some pre compliance test measurements, and we're running into the issue of FM Stations being only attenuated around ...
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How does Return/Insertion loss work for wireless devices if there’s no cable?

I understand return loss is the ratio of how much signal is reflected in a transmission line. But for wireless devices there is no cable. So how is this measured? So is the impedance mismatch for ...
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Power supply testing using dummy loads

I am busy thinking of how to test a power supply i am designing and came across an article which discussed using an electronic load to test the supply. I will not have access to an electronic load and ...
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Testing Capacitors - Differing Results Each Time One Is Tested?

I have a bust LCD TV - I've already ordered a replacement but am interested in using the broken TV to learn a little more about how these are put together and if I'm lucky fix it to have as a spare. ...
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How can I determine if a microcontroller is damaged?

I have a few microcontrollers sitting in my "junk parts" bin. I think some of them arrived there when, after programming them, they exhibited strange behavior. I've since learned a lot, for example, ...
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How to test 3528 smd LED

Using my DMM and the diode selector, the SMDs 3528 in a brand new Led bulb does not light. I used this method to test the classic "round" leds but in this case it does not work. What seems to be wrong ...
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MCU overheating

INTRODUCTION I've designed a custom board featuring a SAME54N20 MCU. This is the third board I assembled but I still haven't got any to work: I didn't get the first board to connect to my PC. My ...
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How to perform conducted emissions testing for electric generator?

I am doing pre-compliance EMC testing on an electric generator. The standard I am reading explains how to test devices that get power from mains, but it doesn't explain the testing procedure for a ...
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PCB Design Verification

I have been designing and prototyping a PCB for the last couple of months. I'm at the point where I'm extensively testing these boards before going into production. I have come across multiple ...
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What are the maintenance steps for PCBs? [closed]

If I have a multimeter that can measure current, voltage, capacitors, resistors, ..etc., how can I detect the damaged component(s) in a PCB? I try to visually detect if there are any damaged ...
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Stress testing a PCB’s current handling capability?

I’ve produced a simple unregulated power supply PCB, consisting of: AC input terminals Fuse 4 rectifier diodes Filter/smoothing capacitors DC output terminals Only when the PCBs arrived did I get ...
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How can I build a battery load tester that switches between 0.8 and 2.0 ohms? [closed]

I would like to build a load tester that switches: 2 seconds at 2.0 ohms and 1 second at 0.8 ohms and back to 2.0 ohms to repeat. I gather that I can have a circuit with two resistors and a switch ...
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What is the difference between load testing and discharging a LiPo?

I would like to test max discharge rates for 1S (200 mAh) LiPo's. But I can see three ways of doing it: Using a charger, discharge at highest rate and see how high the battery goes. Using a resistor (...
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Testing a I/V stage using function generator

I created a I/V stage with amplifier for my DAC project. An excerpt of the circuit can be seen in the attached picture in the "Device under test" part. The DAC has a 3.9mA pp current output, which I ...
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Question about ETL and UL Certifications for battery powered tools

A friend is considering importing a 15 volt Lithium-Ion Battery (2600mAh) operated tool from China to sell to consumers in the USA. The battery charger that comes with the sprayer has a stamp that ...
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Over voltage, over current and surge testing

I used a TI reference designto prototype a 120VAC to 5VDC 2A power supply on a PCB and it's been working fine for a couple of months. I want to run some basic tests to see if the PCB is safe under ...
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Are there disadvantages to this method of testing building wiring after a lightning strike?

A lightning strike can damage wiring in a building. Specifically it can damage the insulation on the conductors, resulting in arcing and fire, either immediately or some time after the strike. I've ...
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Different methods to perform UIS testing on a Power Mosfet (EAS)

I am currently looking into building a circuit to test for avalanche stress of a power Mosfet. Normally for this specific test, you would want to create a circuit that looks as follows: simulate ...
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How to create measurement points on a PCB for MIPI lane diagnostics?

I am looking for ways to test specifically MIPI DSI lane signal strength (because I am kind of pushing the envelope on the trace length and width), and am happy to add test points to the PCB design. I ...
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Test circuit to confirm RF receiver frequency? (315Mhz vs 433Mhz)

I've bought a 433 Mhz Transmitter/Receiver pair, or so I think. I cannot make them work, and I started to think that maybe the seller sent me a 315Mhz transmitter / 433 receiver pair by mistake (I've ...
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Test patterns for testing high speed trans receivers of fpga [closed]

I know that we can generate all possible patterns using LFSR sequences but this will waste memory as we will have to store pattern to do error checking and storing all from 0 to 2^(n-1) will require ...
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How to test the maximum secondary current of a step down transformer?

I got a small step down transformer from my local market which has a total of 6 individually isolated winding in it (1 primary of 230V and 5 different secondary wingding with 5 different voltage). My ...
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How are high-speed circuits tested if test equipment doesnt exist?

How was testing done for Ghz to THz range circuits and devices before fast enough scopes and frequency counters existed?
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FPGA Jtag Hooking to User Logic

After some primer reading on jtag it looks to be a nifty means to test a FPGA logic design in a consistent and sustainable way. Let's use altera max 10 as an example. I've read this MAX 10 JTAG ...
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Techniques for building 'Bed of Nails' testing board

When testing a complete circuit board a 'Bed of Nails' can significantly reduce time and errors. What are some techniques for making a DIY Bed of Nails? ...
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Ethernet mechanical switch for testing [closed]

We have an application which accepts streams over IP and displays it on the LCD Screen. We want to test the Ethernet plug-in/Plug-out test. Do you know any IC which can simulate someone plugging in ...
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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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How to measure the impedance of PCB trace

I am working on some front end electronics design working at 200MHz to 1 GHz for my MS project. I have designed the circuit and PCB. Trace width were calculated by simulations. After I given this to ...
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How do you test condoms electronically?

Condom packages often say "electronically tested". How can you test a condom electronically?
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Reading values on continuity test but there is no beep

When checking traces of my PCB I realized that checking continuity between one of the output trace and GND some values appear on multimeter screen but the buzzer does not beep. On the Vcc trace ...
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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. ...