jeu. 10 mars 2016

Building a bench 10MHz reference: part 1

Many electronics test equipment need an accurate time base. Most often, it's build on a 10MHz base.

For quite a while now, I have a used rubidium frequency and time reference (Efratom Model LPRO-101) waiting for a nice enclosure. I also have a small Extron Electronics video signal amplifier I …

jeu. 10 mars 2016

Tektronics 2445 scope PSU repair: part 1

I've recently took my good old Tek 2445 scope from the cellar (along with my {tag}HP8904A signal generator), and it showed signs of tired PSU: unstable display, noise, then the typical noise of a capacitor failure.

Here is the beast:

My old Tektronics 2445 scope

And some pictures of its womb:

The main analog board. Top view of the scope.

The PSU consists …

jeu. 10 mars 2016

Updating the Prologix USB-GPIB firmware on Linux

Prologix sell several low cost GPIB controllers. I have one their old deprecated dongle "GPIB-USB Controller 4.2" and had fun with it with my pygpibtoolkit project.

It's a very simple dongle consisting in an Atmel ATMega164P microcontroller and a FTDI FT245FL chip for the USB<->RS232 convertion.

The Prologix GPIB-USB controller.

Unfortunately, it's …