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ESC Boston 2016 opens with Test and Measurement

14 Apr 2016  | Martin Rowe

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This year would be the second time in the running that ESC Boston opened to a snowless city. In 2015, record snowfall left doubts, even when it opened in May. This year's winter was milder and it's how we're going to begin our coverage with photos and videos of some of the test and measurement products on display.

While most of the Test and Measurement focused on bench equipment, we did see a fun demonstration of a pressure sensor used to sense the pressure applied to a tennis ball. Boston-based Tekscan manufactures pressure sensors used for "pressure mapping." I've seen these sensors in products used to measure, for example, the pressure place on your foot while walking. On a smaller scale, the demonstration use the sensor to map the pressure applied on a tennis ball from a piston. Connected to a digitiser, the sensor's pressure map appears on a computer screen. The control system monitors the applied pressure and from that, the system releases the piston, letting the tennis ball return to its original shape.

Oscilloscope gets UI upgrade

Teledyne LeCroy has added user-interface features to its Waverunner 8000 series oscilloscopes. The MAUI user interface adds a "One touch feature that lets you add or remove channels to the screen, change settings, and add or remove measurements from a waveform, each with one touch. You simple drag and drop changes to the screen by touching and sliding. In the video below, Teledyne LeCroy's Jeremy Marks demonstrated some of the things you can do with MAUI with One Touch.

Inside a function generator

Oscilloscope manufacturer Siglent displayed several products including oscilloscopes, signal generators, and spectrum analyzers. The video shows am SDS 1202X oscilloscope displaying two signals from an SDG 2122X arbitrary waveform generator.

The company also displayed an SSA 3032X 3.2 GHz spectrum analyser.

SDG 5082
Figure 1: The frequency spectrum on the screen comes from placing a probe on top of an IC in an open SDG 5082 function generator.

SSA 3032X
Figure 2: Inside the SSA 3032X 3.2 GHz spectrum analyzer.

Figure 3: The powersupply and output section of the SSA 3032X 3.2 GHz spectrum analyzer.

Tomorrow, we'll visit other test companies.

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