Technical Insights

BER – Is it Bit Error Rate or Bit Error Ratio?

Technical Insights

BER – Is it Bit Error Rate or Bit Error Ratio?

Nicole Faubert 2019.03.10

One of the most important ways to determine the quality of a digital transmission system is to measure its Bit Error Ratio (BER). The BER is calculated by comparing the transmitted sequence of bits to

4 min read

#BERT #Data Center Infrastructure

Network Analyzer Basics You Need to Know

RF + Microwave

Network Analyzer Basics You Need to Know

Vandana Duff 2019.03.08

What is a Network Analyzer? Vector network analyzers are crucial for the characterization of the devices and components used in radio frequency and microwave systems. This includes network testing for

6 min read

#FieldFox #Network Analyzers

Clock Quality and Analysis of Phase Noise Measurement Methods

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Clock Quality and Analysis of Phase Noise Measurement Methods

Daniel Bogdanoff 2019.03.05

Oscilloscopes have started to become a viable option for measuring phase noise. This post was written by guest author Yang Zou, Keysight's IoT solutions lead In modern high-speed digital design, the c

10 min read

#Oscilloscopes #Signal Analyzers

Simplify Receiver Characteristic and Performance Tests

RF + Microwave

Simplify Receiver Characteristic and Performance Tests

Eric Hsu 2019.02.28

Noise is an unwanted signal that affects both transmitter and receiver performance in communications systems. It degrades both the modulation quality of a transmitter and the sensitivity of a receiver

7 min read

#Signal Generators #Wireless Device Test #LTE

Make Fast and Accurate Adjacent Channel Power Measurements

RF + Microwave

Make Fast and Accurate Adjacent Channel Power Measurements

Melissa Garza 2019.02.25

Whether you are designing a new communications device or verifying its performance, you will need to make power measurements. Measuring the power of digitally modulated signals helps you maximize the

3 min read

#Wireless Device Test #Spectrum Analyzers

Real-time and Arbitrary Waveform Generation Mode: Which One is Right for Your Test?

RF + Microwave

Real-time and Arbitrary Waveform Generation Mode: Which One is Right for Your Test?

Eric Hsu 2019.02.21

When you download baseband waveform files to an RF vector signal generator (VSG), a question comes to mind. Does the VSG have enough memory available for my waveform files? Sometimes, you configure si

8 min read

#Signal Generators #Arbitrary Waveform Generators

How to Achieve Accurate Sensor Characterization Using a Digital Multimeter

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How to Achieve Accurate Sensor Characterization Using a Digital Multimeter

Bernard Ang 2019.02.21

Sensors have varying accuracies depending on materials, fabrication method, how they are used, and more. A thermocouple sensor uses a pair of two dissimilar metals that are joined together at one end

8 min read

#Digital Multimeters #Manufacturing Test #Design + Automation