Welcome to a new Scope Junction feature! Every few weeks, we'll take a look at news and views in the world of oscilloscopes, test and measurement, and electronics in general.
Agilent has introduced software that appears to play in M1's territory (which we've surveyed before). The Windows program lets you do all sorts of offline analysis of captured waveforms from Agilent scopes, as well as any other vendor's scopes that can export in a standard format. A base price of $750 gets you the standard suite of measurements, including FFT and filtering. Jitter, eye, and serial analysis are available options.
Tektronix (our site sponsor) has introduced various solutions to Thunderbolt testing and qualification. Systems for testing receivers, transmitters, and channels can be assembled.
I just enjoyed reading an article by the SJ blogger and DSP guru Shiv Balakrishnan, who asks: "What is a DSP Engineer?" It's a few years old, but it's still a great read.
Agilent has grabbed the lead in real-time scope bandwidths with its 90000 Q-Series scopes. The fastest model reaches 63GHz. I wonder how long it will hold the record! Dan Strassburg writes about the scopes at one of our sister sites, T&MW.
There are still many stops on the Tektronix Scope Tour. Check if one is close to your location.
Going to the Montréal or Toronto EPTECH shows this week? LeCroy is holding seminars on scope and probe basics.
Another sister site, DataSheets.com, was just honored with a Webby award. We'll be looking at DataSheets in a future blog. Bookmark it -- it's a fantastic resource when it comes to part selection.
The October 2011 issue of Elektor magazine has articles about homebrew TDR and the Chaos Machine, which can generate some pretty interesting X-Y displays on your scope.
Another sister site, EDN (we have lots of sisters), has an informative article that looks Under the Hood of a Jitter-Analysis Engine. Check it out if you're at all curious about the sometimes confusing world of jitter.