9: Testing methods for isolating defects

Abstract

This chapter is a bit of a summary and a discussion of issues not covered previously. It looks at mechanical and thermal issues as well as at faults due to failure to comply with regional EMI regulations.

Keywords

Eye diagram; Jitter; Crosstalk; Bandwidth; Compliance; Grounding; Spread spectrum; Fourier

Introduction

Just type “fault isolation” or “fault detection” into your favorite search engine and you’ll get plenty of hits. Once again, many scholarly articles and books have been written about the subject, so this chapter can only skim the surface. Fault isolation is all about trying to [1]:

isolate the component, device or software module causing the error.

You could argue that everything ...

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