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Fundamentals Library

The Tektronix Fundamentals Library is a comprehensive set of 15 technical papers that cover basic concepts to advanced test and measurement techniques.

Oscilloscope Fundamentals
Explains how oscilloscopes work. Describes differences between analog, digital storage, digital phosphor, and digital sampling oscilloscopes. Provides description of electrical waveform types. Reviews basic oscilloscope controls and how to take simple measurements.

Probe Fundamentals
Describes the types of probes. Reviews strengths and weaknesses of different probes. Explains how to select the right probe for your application.

Signal Generator Fundamentals
Describes the types of signal generators. Explains how, why, and when to use a signal generator.

Real-time Spectrum Analyzer Fundamentals
Describes how a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers works. Explains how, when, why to use a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer.

Logic Analyzer Fundamentals
Describes the basics of a logic analyzer. Provides the benefits of this tool. Explains how to use to solve your debug challenges.

Signal Integrity Fundamentals
Provides insight into signal integrity-related problems in digital systems. Describes their causes, characteristics, effects, and solutions.

Jitter and Timing Fundamentals
Focuses primarily on jitter in electrical systems. Defines Jitter. Explains Jitter Measurement, Visualization, Separation and Jitter vs. Bit Error Rate.

Power Supply Measurement and Analysis Fundamentals
Focuses on switch-mode power supply design measurements with an oscilloscope and application-specific software. Reviews Switch-Mode Power Supply Basics. Explains Active and Passive Component Measurements and Power Line Measurements.

SDRAM Testing Fundamentals
Reviews DRAM concepts. Presents potential future DRAM developments. Provides overview for memory design improvement through verification.

Low Speed Serial Data Fundamentals
Reviews basic low speed serial buses (how they work and how to work with them). Explains how to quickly and efficiently debug today's serial buses with the powerful trigger, decode, and search capabilities of the MSO/DPO Series.

High Speed Serial Design Fundamentals
Provides understanding of the common aspects of serial data transmission. Explain the analog and digital measurement requirements that apply to these emerging serial technologies.

Radar Measurement Fundamentals
Addresses the needs for pulse generation and measurements. Describes the automated measurements that are available. Explains just how the automated measurements are made, and how pulses are generated.

Ultra-wideband Radio Fundamentals
Explains the concepts behind UWB technology. Describes its unique hardware and software architectures. Reviews some of the associated test issues typically encountered.

Digital Modulation Fundamentals
Reviews the technology propelling the digital wireless revolution. Describes some common AWG wireless test applications. Explains important considerations for getting the best performance possible from the arbitrary waveform generator.

FPGA Debug Fundamentals
Reviews the FPGA design process. Explains debug methodologies. Discusses how to select the appropriate methodology. Provides advantages of FPGAView.