Posted on November 27th, 2014 No comments
What’s inside a smart card pinpad EFTPOS terminal?
Dave looks at the anti-tamper mechanisms inside a Sagem Monetel EFT930S
Posted on November 25th, 2014 7 comments
A monster sized high definition 50fps Mailbag, with two special guest helpers!
Norand Pen Key 6100 USPS tablet computer
Sagem & Keycorp EFTPOST pinpad
Romanian MAVO30 Analog Multimeter
Casio FX-31 Calculator
2PrintBeta DIY BAM & DICE 3D Printer Controller for the Arduino Mega
Posted on November 20th, 2014 4 comments
In this tutorial Dave describes what AC trigger coupling is on an oscilloscope and why it can be useful. Not only on old analog CRT oscilloscopes, but modern digital scopes as well.
How and why is it different to AC channel input coupling?
Also, use of the 50% trigger control, and how the venerable DS1052E is still more usable than the new DS1054Z.
Previous video on Rigol DS1054Z and DS2000 Jitter Problem
Posted on November 19th, 2014 12 comments
The founder and CEO of Ness Corporation Naz Circosta takes us on a personal tour of the companies impressive worlds class surface mount and through hole manufacturing facility where they produce hundreds of different Ness security and automation products.
It’s no every day the CEO of a major company has the technical knowledge to take you on such a tour of their own production facilities!
He shows the Yamaha SMD/SMT pick and place machines, solder stencil paste machine, flying probe testers, optical vision inspection equipment, custom test jigs, and plastic ultrasonic welding machines. And also talks about buying a $1M Objet 3D printer, and the advantages of genuine high quality Fresnel lenses vs cheap generic ones in PIR sensor performance.
Posted on November 14th, 2014 13 comments
Dave investigates two very serious issues with jitter on the Rigol DS1000Z series oscilloscopes, including the DS1104Z and new DS1054Z
Some sort of modulated sampling/trigger jitter problem at 5 microsecond intervals (the “5us jitter problem”). And severe jitter with the AC coupled trigger mode, a problem which is also present on the DS2000 series scopes as well.
NOTE: So many people have been confusing AC trigger coupling with AC input coupling people will be more familiar with. This issue has *nothing* to do with AC input coupling, it is AC trigger coupling!