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Demystifying Mixed Signal Test Methods

Book Description

Mixed Signal Test Methods Demystified is a less theoretical, less mathematical, and more applications-oriented approach than other books available on the topic. In effect, this book will give readers a "just in time" understanding of the essentials of mixed signal testing techniques. Emphasis will be on commonly used devices and systems (such as PLLs and DSP) that engineers encounter in their daily tasks. Sampling theory is covered in detail, as this is the foundation for understanding all mixed signal testing technique, and readers will have a strong intuitive grasp of this topic after finishing this book.

Baker aims to develop an intuitive understanding of mixed signal testing that minimizes the mathematics required and is germane to the sort of testing requirements found in typical engineering situations.

*Takes a less theoretical, less mathematical, and more applications-oriented approach
*Emphasizes commonly used devices and systems that engineers encounter in their daily tasks
*Aims to develop an intuitive understanding of mixed signal testing

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. PREFACE
  7. Chapter 1: INSIDER’S GUIDE TO MIXED SIGNAL TEST
    1. 1.1 What Is Mixed Signal?
    2. 1.2 Some Terminology
    3. 1.3 What Is a Mixed Signal Device?
    4. 1.4 What Isn’t Mixed Signal?
    5. 1.5 Example of Mixed Signal Devices
    6. 1.6 Automatic Test Equipment (ATE)
    7. 1.7 Comparing Logic Test and Mixed Signal Test
    8. 1.8 More about the Signal Source
    9. 1.9 Mixed Signal Test System—Signal Capture
    10. 1.10 Mixed Signal Test System—Signal Analysis
  8. Chapter 2: MIXED SIGNAL TEST MEASUREMENTS AND PARAMETERS
    1. Example
    2. 2.1 Signal Analysis Categories
    3. 2.2 Units of Measurement
    4. 2.3 Decibel Calculations
    5. 2.4 Signal Analysis and Test Methods
  9. Chapter 3: SIGNAL GENERATION
    1. 3.1 Introduction
    2. 3.2 Signal Source Hardware
    3. 3.3 Application Example
    4. 3.4 Signal Data Sets
    5. 3.5 Periodic Sample Sets
    6. 3.6 Creating the Signal Data Set
    7. 3.7 DSP’s Law
    8. 3.8 Samples per Cycle
    9. 3.9 The Golden Ratio
    10. 3.10 Application of DSP’s Law
    11. 3.11 Sine (X) over X
    12. 3.12 Source Filters
    13. 3.13 Source Filter Optimization
  10. Chapter 4: SIGNAL CAPTURE
    1. 4.1 Introduction
    2. 4.2 Digital Signal Capture Hardware
    3. 4.3 Analog Signal Capture Hardware
    4. 4.4 The Digitizing Process
    5. 4.5 Nyquist and Shannon—Theoretical Limits
    6. 4.6 Sampling Rate and the Frequency Domain
    7. 4.7 Capturing Periodic Sample Sets
    8. 4.8 Signal Averaging
    9. 4.9 Capturing Unique Data Points
  11. Chapter 5: FREQUENCY DOMAIN TESTING AND THE FFT
    1. 5.1 Introduction
    2. 5.2 The Fourier Series
    3. 5.3 Representing Signal Data
    4. 5.4 The Inverse Fourier Transform
    5. 5.5 The Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)
    6. 5.6 Interpreting Frequency Domain Data
    7. 5.7 Minimizing Frequency Domain Anomalies
    8. 5.8 Signal Aliasing
  12. Chapter 6: DSP BASED TESTING
    1. 6.1 Introduction
    2. 6.2 DSP Algorithm Structure
    3. 6.3 Math Operations
    4. 6.4 Data Type Conversions
    5. 6.5 Signal Analysis Algorithms
    6. 6.6 DSP Measurement Applications
    7. 6.7 FFT Algorithms
    8. 6.8 Harmonic Distortion Test Sequence
  13. Chapter 7: TESTING DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTERS
    1. 7.1 Introduction
    2. 7.2 DAC Overview
    3. 7.3 DC Test Overview
    4. 7.4 Linearity Test Overview
    5. 7.5 AC Test Overview
    6. 7.6 Dynamic Performance Tests
  14. Chapter 8: TESTING ANALOG-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTERS
    1. 8.1 Introduction
    2. 8.2 ADC Overview
    3. 8.3 DC Test Overview
    4. 8.4 Linearity Test Overview
    5. 8.5 Missing Codes
    6. 8.6 The Histogram Test Method
    7. 8.7 AC Test Overview
  15. Chapter 9: TEST CIRCUIT DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
    1. 9.1 Printed Circuit Board Physics
    2. 9.2 Resistor Physics
    3. 9.3 Capacitor Physics
    4. 9.4 Circuit Board Insulators and Guard Rings
    5. 9.5 Test Circuit Ground
    6. 9.6 Power Distribution
    7. 9.7 Transmission Lines
    8. 9.8 Transmission Line Matching
  16. GLOSSARY
  17. INDEX