Operating Tips

SPD3303X/X-E Series

SPD wiring suggestions

March 7, 2019

The SIGLENT SPD series of power supplies have only positive voltage and current setpoint values. That is, you can select voltages or currents that are from 0 to the max value (0-32 V, for voltage.. as an example for the SDP3000X/X-E). Here are the suggested wiring configurations to achieve both positive and negative potentials at the … Continued

SPD constant current performance (current compliance protection)

January 3, 2019

The SIGLENT SPD series of power supplies offer constant current mode. This setting limits the current output of the specified channel and can be used as a constant current source and to protect your device-under-test (DUT). In this tip, we show the typical performance of the SPD as it switches between constant voltage (CV) and … Continued

SPD programming tips

December 26, 2018

The SPD series of power supplies feature remote programming capabilities and can be controlled via USB or LAN connection. In this note, we will use Python and PyVISA to create a program that will connect to an SPD, enable the output, delay, and then disable the output. There are two areas that differ from some … Continued

Are your instruments FCC compliant?

December 14, 2018

Test and measurement equipment is exempt from FCC emissions limits per CFR 47, Part 15, para 15.103(c): https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2002-title47-vol1/pdf/CFR-2002-title47-vol1-sec15-103.pdf Specifically: “(c) A digital device used exclusively as industrial, commercial, or medical test equipment.”

USB Connectivity Checklist

April 24, 2018

The Universal Serial Bus (USB) is very popular and has added a tremendous level of convenience and flexibility to computer and peripheral controls, including test and measurement instrumentation. As with all technology, it isn’t always sunshine and blue skies. Here are some common troubleshooting steps for USB connection issues: – Is the instrument plugged in … Continued

Potential Solutions to Easy software window rendering/font issues

March 8, 2018

The installation of SIGLENT EasySpectrum and other “Easy” software is typically uneventful. But, there may be an occasional issue. Here are some steps that may help clear up any issues that you may encounter: Here is an example of a mis-rendered window view of EasySpectrum: Here are some steps that may help fix the issue: … Continued

What instruments accept SCPI commands for remote control?

October 25, 2017

All SIGLENT instruments (except for the SHS1000 and SHS800 hand-held oscilloscopes) support SCPI remote control commands. For more information, download the specific instrument programming guide located on the product page.

How to update the firmware on an SPD3000 Series power supply

October 25, 2017

The SIGLENT SPD3000 series of power supplies can be upgraded remotely using a computer, USB cable, and SIGLENT EasyPower software. 1. Download EasyPower from the firmware & software tab of the SPD Product Page 2. Download the latest firmware from the firmware and software tab of the SPD Product Page. Unzip the file using a … Continued

What is the difference between a switching and linear power supply?

October 24, 2017

Linear DC regulated power supplies (“linear supplies”) alter the output voltage to the required value through the power frequency (50/60 Hz alternating current) voltage transformer. After being lowered (or raised) to the appropriate AC voltage value, the waveform is rectified, filtered, and stabilized by a voltage regulation circuit, and is then output as a regulated … Continued