Application Notes

Digital Oscilloscopes

EasyPulse Technology and Its Benefits

July 13, 2020

INTRODUCTION: The majority of modern arbitrary/function waveform generators utilize DDS technology (Direct Digital Synthesis), but there are a few obvious defects using this technology directly. To solve these disadvantages, SIGLENT invented a pulse generating algorithm called EasyPulse technology. In this note, we will describe the basics of DDS and how EasyPulse can help get the … Continued

Power Supply Design: Load Step Response with a SIGLENT DC Electronic Load

April 3, 2020

Building a power supply that can handle various loads without oscillating can be a challenge. Computational models and computer simulations can help get your design headed in the right direction, but physical testing is essential to proving the performance of your design. One method of quickly determining stability is to use a load step response. … Continued

Analyzing GSM Radio Protocol with a Siglent SDS2000X Plus Oscilloscope

March 10, 2020

Two SIGLENT users, Karel and Simon Sotek, recently took a SIGLENT SDS2354X Plus oscilloscope and investigated a GSM cell phone signal. Here is their report: We took a retired Siemens A36 cellphone to learn the capabilities of this new Siglent scope. Available documentation and medium-density PCB of the selected A36 made the signal probing … Continued

Programming Example: Identification String (*IDN?) return with LabVIEW 2018

December 16, 2019

This LabVIEW VI (version 2018) provides a simple platform to begin creating LabVIEW programs. You can download the VI here: VISA_IDN.ZIP In this example, the user can: Select the connected instruments from the VISA Resource List drop down menu: NOTE: USB devices will automatically appear. For LAN connections, you will need to add the device. … Continued

Measuring the Modulation Index of an AM Signal using an FFT

June 13, 2019

Introduction In AM schemes, the modulation index refers to the amplitude ratio of the modulating signal to the carrier signal. With the help of Fast-Fourier-Transforms (FFT), the modulation index can be obtained by measuring the sideband amplitude and the carrier amplitude. In this application note, we are going to show a convenient method of using … Continued

Measuring Power Supply Control Loop Response with Bode Plot II

May 24, 2019

Introduction Stability is one of the most important characteristics in power supply design. Traditionally, stability measurements require expensive frequency response analyzers (FRA) which are not always available in a laboratory. SIGLENT has released Bode Plot Ⅱ features to the SIGLENT SDS1104X-E, SDS1204X-E, SDS2000X-E, SDS2000X Plus, and SDS5000X series of oscilloscopes. When combined with a Siglent … Continued

Programming Example: Using VXI11 (LXI) and Python for LAN control without sockets

October 3, 2018

In an effort to meet the demands of remote monitoring and control, modern test instrumentation is leveraging more communications busses and than ever before. Each type of bus can also have numerous layers that can be utilized for specific advantages. The VXI bus and subsequent software drivers form a convenient software API that can make remote control … Continued