Introduction to Legacy Test Equipment

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While technology is constantly evolving and innovation is the name of the game, one everlasting component remains a constant: test equipment. These steadfast tools quietly warrant the reliability and quality of products experimented with for decades. 

So, what exactly is legacy test equipment, and why is it important? In this article, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of test equipment, what industries it fits into, and how it may be relevant to you

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The Role of Semiconductors in Aerospace Technology: From Rocket Science to Space Exploration

Uncovering this Essential Facet Behind Aerospace Advancements and Aviation Electronics

Spaceship traveling over Earth

Aerospace technology is an industry where innovation knows no bounds. From satellite technology to supersonic travel, it’s becoming one of the most intriguing and relevant components of our current and future eras. However, amid the flashy technological advancements dominating the aerospace field, attention to detail emerges as a critical factor. At its core, one indispensable component binds these innovations together, known as the semiconductor.

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Automating ASIC Testing: A Case Study in Production Efficiency

Extreme closeup of an integrated circuit on a microchip

In the ever-evolving landscape of semiconductor technology, the challenges of simplifying production tests and minimizing costs are paramount. A case study showcasing ideas from Concept Technologies- with the help of tools from NI and Konrad Technologies- offers a groundbreaking solution to these challenges. This case study demonstrates how automation and cutting-edge technology transformed the testing process of application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs).

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Types of Power Supply Circuits

Black Transistor Beside a Capacitor on a Circuit Board

Power supply circuits are incredibly important in semiconductors. These components are responsible for providing power that is essential to the operation of the device- enabling diverse applications, efficiency, stability, and reliability. In this post, we will take a look at four different kind of power supplies for circuits: unregulated, linear-regulated, switching, and ripple-regulated.

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A Guide to Semiconductor Types, Applications, and the Manufacturing Process

A prototype silicon wafer at the basis of the creation of computer circuits

From the microchips in our smartphones to the intricate circuitry of our computers, semiconductors are at the heart of it all. In this blog post, we will take a journey through the process of semiconductor manufacturing, explore the different types of semiconductors, and dive into their vast applications.

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Why Testing is Essential for Semiconductor Manufacturing

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Semiconductors, the tiny powerhouses at the core of our modern electronics, undergo a rigorous journey before they make their way into our devices. The testing process in semiconductor design is vital, ensuring that these minuscule components meet the highest quality standards. In this blog post, we’ll take you step-by-step through the semiconductor testing process and discuss why it’s absolutely crucial.

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Memory vs. Logic Chips in Test and Measurement Equipment

Closeup of a central processing unit chip for a computer

For engineers, scientists, and tech enthusiasts, test and measurement equipment stands at the forefront of technological advancement. Behind the scenes, two fundamental types of semiconductor chips play a pivotal role in the functionality of these devices: memory chips and logic chips. Read on as we explore the distinctions between these two chip types and their indispensable roles in the realm of test and measurement equipment.

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The Diverse World of Semiconductor Chips

A plain Mitayi Pico RP2040 PCB near to two RP2040 microcontrollers.

In our rapidly advancing technological age, semiconductor chips, often referred to as integrated circuits (ICs), are the unsung heroes powering the devices and systems that shape our lives. These tiny wonders come in a variety of types, each meticulously crafted to serve specific functions and applications. This post will discuss the many types of semiconductor chips that make modern electronics possible.

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Is the LK-99 a Scientific Breakthrough?

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Something big is happening in the scientific world- and it is causing equal amounts of excitement and scrutiny. Researchers in Korea recently released documentation that they have successfully synthesized a room temperature superconductor for the first time in the world- signaling a potential breakthrough in physics that could forever change how we use energy. 

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Hand Switches and Electrical Circuits

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Switches are the first basic building block of a successful electronic device. Since they have the power to either complete or disrupt an electrical circuit, control is impossible to achieve without them. Switches are fundamentally binary devices (they can only be either entirely on or completely off), but how do they work? While there are many different types of switches to discuss, this post will take a look at some of the most common types of manual hand switches and how they function.

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