Analog/Digital Design and Debug

When you’re innovating to a schedule, there’s no time to track down a logic analyzer or protocol analyzer to find elusive mixed-signal problems. Luckily, new highly-integrated instruments are available and are designed to give you a coherent view into the analog and digital signals, serial protocols, and RF signals that make up today’s complex embedded systems.

How to Use a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope to Test Digital Circuits

Learn how to set up a mixed signal oscilloscope and how use it in several applications including: triggering on pulse width violations, combining analog and digital waveforms to capture crosstalk, troubleshooting setup/hold violations, and checking an analog-to-digital converter for missing codes.

Debugging Serial Buses in Embedded System Designs

Learn the basics of the hardware protocols of the most common serial buses, such as I2C, SPI , USB, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, Ethernet, and I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM.  Find out how to use the protocol trigger, decode and search capabilities of oscilloscopes to solve serial bus integration and debug challenges.

XYZs of Signal Generators

The Signal Generator, or Signal Source, is the stimulus source that pairs with an acquisition instrument like an oscilloscope to create the two elements of a complete measurement solution. In its various configurations, the signal generator can provide stimulus signals in the form of analog waveforms, digital data patterns, modulation, intentional distortion, noise, and more.  

To make effective design, characterization, or troubleshooting measurements, it is important to consider both elements of the solution. This primer explains the basics of Signal Generators, including the many types of generators, their applications and their contribution to a complete test and measurement solution.

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