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2016-12-13 New video tutorials about the SPECTANO 100 available
Learn more about the SPECTANO 100 and why it is so important to analyze insulation materials over a wide frequency range.
Click here to watch the videos
2016-08-31 New Ways to VRM Modelling - workshop with Steve Sandler
Achieve reliable system performance - Speed up design cycles - Reduce cost
Take the chance and participate in the Exclusive 1-day Simulation and Design Workshop with Steve Sandler.
The full details and registration form can be found here
2016-08-10 New and updated application notes for the Bode 100
We have updated our Application Note about RFI Power Inlet Filter Measurement with Bode 100 and made some new ones available.
Read the full Application Notes:
2016-08-08 New OTMC 100 Firmware available
With the release of the Firmware V1.11 we have added the power utility profile in accordance to IEC/IEEE 61850-9-3:2016. This profile is now available in parallel to the classic power profile IEEE C37.238-2011 for our PTP Grandmaster clock OTMC 100p.
To find out more about the changes and improvements of our new Firmware check out the version history.
2016-08-02 New paper about Time Synchronization in Energy Distribution Networks
This paper shows, how to retrofit an already operational energy distribution network using the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) in accordance to IEEE 1588.
OMICRON Lab and OMICRON supported the complete retrofit project from the initial planning stage to final activation stage of the time synchronization network.
2016-08-01 New paper about IEC 61850-9-3
Based on the current implementation situation and the findings from the IEC 61850 interoperability plugfest 2015, this paper explores the differences and commonalities of the two PTP profiles for power applications and their interoperability.
Read the full paper!
2016-07-13 New issue of Extreme Measuring available
In this issue we use the Bode 100 to measure the load on a climbing rope during rappelling / abseiling into a 35 m vertical cave, the Kessiloch. Learn how to measure force with the Bode 100 and how to NOT build a load cell. :-)
Check out the video!
2016-06-28 New Dielectric Material Analyzer SPECTANO 100 available!
Get our newest product to measure the dielectric properties, quality and conditions of solid or liquid insulating materials in the frequency (FDS) and time domain (PDC).
Click here to read more about the SPECTANO 100
2016-06-27 New article about the Analysis of RFID Transponders
This bachelor thesis - written by Martin Bitschnau, Student of the University for Applied Science Vorarlberg - focuses on the contactless resonance frequency and q-factor measurement of inductively coupled RFID transponders.
Click here to read the full bachelor thesis
2016-05-16 PCIM Europe, Nuremberg
Also in 2016 you could find OMICRON Lab as exhibitor at the PCIM Europe in Nuremberg, which took place on May 10th to 12th.
On our booth we showed several live measurements and demonstrated the applications of the Bode 100. Once again we could also welcome Dr. Ali Shirsavar as co-exhibitor on our booth, who presented the latest version of WDS.
Click here to see some snapshots
The 5th Power Analysis & Design Symposium took place on the 21st April, 2016 in Eching (Germany).
For the second time we organized an Open-Lab event on the evening prior the symposium. During this event, participants could use our measurement equipment live and bring their own designs to be tested.
Follow this link and find out more about our past Symposiums.
Do you need better protection for your Bode 100 during travelling or storage?
Find out more about our new carrying case.
In this report Professor Tamás Kovácsházy explains how the OTMC 100i is used in various PTP related research projects at the University of Budapest.
Click here to read more
Due to the great success in 2013 + 2014, we decided to extend our webinars in 2015 and held our first Webinar Week.
The next Webinars will be held in 2016 - for more information and to view our past webinars, simply CLICK HERE
We have updated the Non-Invasive Stability Measurement application note and have performed the measurements on the new VRTS 2 board from Picotest. Check out the application note that compares the traditional loop gain measurement method to the NISM measurement based on output impedance.
This new app note actually consists of two application notes. In the first, we show how the Bode 100 can be used to measure the frequency dependent characteristics of audio amplifiers. In the second application note we show how to measure the impedance of loudspeakers as well as the voltage transfer function of audio crossovers.
Once again you could find OMICRON Lab as exhibitor at the PCIM Europe in Nuremberg from May 19th to 21st, 2015. Our booth was full of interesting live measurements, where we did demonstrate the Bode 100 and it's applications.
Also this year we were allowed to welcome Dr. Ali Shirsavar from Biricha Digital as co-exhibitor on our booth, where he presented the newest version of WDS.
Click here to see some snapshots and read more details
The 4th Symposium took place on May 6th, 2015 in Eching near Munich (Germany). In 2015 we did organize the first time an Open-Lab event where participants could use our measurement equipment live and even bring their own designs to be tested.
If you want to find out more about our past Symposiums and get the information for the upcoming Symposium, please follow this link
To ensure the best possible support for our customers all over the world, our support team has been strengthened with an additional application engineer. Our new colleague Tobias will mainly focus on Bode 100 related applications and requests.
By welcoming Tobias, we take the chance to introduce you to our international support team.
Open our Newsletter Issue 1/2015 and get to know your support team!
By adding the PTP compliant switch RSP20 from Hirschmann to our product portfolio, we are now offering a complete end-to-end IEEE 1588 solution for industrial applications.
Visit our webshop to get more information about the offered PTP Switches
On December 22nd we learned about a global cybersecurity problem related to all NTP timeservers using the NTP-Daemon. Due to these security issues intruders can use buffer overflows to execute own code on NTP Servers.
Since our OTMC 100 PTP Grandmaster clock can be also used as an NTP time server, it is also affected by these security problems.
For more information, please click here
In 2013 we held our first webinar series ever, which was a huge success. Therefore we decided to continue with our webinar series in 2014.
The next Webinar will be held in 2015 - for more information and to view our past webinars, simply CLICK HERE
The new version 2.43 features the improved phase margin calculation from Steve Sandler (Picotest). More information about the non-invasive measurement can be found at: www.picotest.com/non-invasive-stability-measurement
Furthermore the BAS V2.43 improves the Source On/Off handling in the automation interface, creates a local logfile that can help us during support, and comes with several improvements and some bugfixes.
We have created a new webpage section where you find all possibilities to see the Bode 100 in action! Seminars and events from OMICRON Lab and our partners with massive Bode 100 content...
We have included the contactless Q-factor measurement in our RFID application note! See how to measure resonance frequency and Q-factor of a 13.56 MHz RFID Tag using the Bode 100!
Click here to view the application note!
The new Bode Analyzer Suite 2.42 offers you great new features for your daily work!
- Never ever click "optimize" again! Activate the "auto optimize" feature instead by right clicking into the diagram
- You need to measure loop gain of voltage regulators and use the shaped level feature of the Bode 100? Well then you will love our new graphical interface to shape the output level. Open the shaped level dialog as usual and double-click into the shaped level diagram!
- If you are controlling the Bode 100 via it's Automation Interface you will be happy about the increased measurement speed of the BAS V2.42
Please download the new BAS V2.42 and enjoy measuring!
See how the Bode 100 is used to measure the self-resonance frequency of a 13.56 MHz RFID tag! Check out our new video tutorial.
Find out how EFsyn can help you during the design process of EMC filters. EFsyn uses a new approach for the filter transfer function calculation. Check out our new video tutorial on EFsyn.
2013-07-19 New App Note online: Measuring the Load Characteristics of Energy Saving Lamps with the ISAQ 100
The load behavior of energy saving lamps differs a lot from classical Edison bulbs. In our new application note we show how the ISAQ 100 can be used to analyze the current consumption and current waveform of different energy saving lamps.
In this video we explain the difference between a VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) and a FRA (Frequency Response Analyzer). On a high pass filter we show the different setups and the results from the measurements. Watch it!
The new BAS V2.41 offers many new features which make your work with the Bode 100 even more efficient!
The new features enable you to:
- Add an annotation with pointing arrow to the curve
- Add, multiply or subtract memory and data
- Work with more than one memory trace
- Always be informed when a new version of the BAS is released
The performance of a battery depends on many factors including environmental and aging influences. In our new application note we show how the ISAQ 100 can be used to measure and record the discharge behavior of a battery.
2013-02-07 New Video Tutorial online: Measure the influence of a PFC in modern energy saving lamps with the ISAQ 100
In our ISAQ 100 introduction video we explain the basic functionality of the optically isolated data acquisition system. During our explanation we compare the electrical characteristics of modern lamps with a classical light bulb.
Measuring Power Factor Correctors is usually not a trivial task. By watching our new video tutorial you will learn how easily the PFC stability can be determined by measuring the phase margin and gain margin using the Bode 100 and the B-WIT 100.
With the new Bode Analyzer Suite we have implemented a bunch of new features and functionalities that will make it even easier for you to work with your Bode 100. Interested in some details? Here are some examples:
- We have drastically reduced the “boot” time of the Bode 100. Your Bode 100 is now ready for you
within a few seconds
- You can now start multiple instances of the Bode Analyzer Suite to review stored Bode Files
while performing measurements
- Copy the measurement values of a trace directly to the clipboard and copy it directly into
your preferred spreadsheet software
But there is much more. Check out the Manual Extension and the version history for further information.
With the new OTMC 100, OMICRON Lab offers an antenna-integrated PTP Grandmaster Clock, which is a simple and effective solution to time-synchronize measurement equipment, computers or telecommunication devices in Ethernet based networks. The OTMC 100’s unique design combines an active GPS antenna, the GPS receiver and the Grandmaster Clock itself in one compact weatherproof housing. Further on, it allows to directly connecting the OTMC 100 to Ethernet networks without need of any coaxial RF cabling. It utilizes the IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) to reach time synchronization accuracies of 1µs or better. Find out more.
You need to design an output filter of a power supply? You use ceramic capacitors? Then you should have a look at the following video showing how sensitive ceramic capacitors can react to DC voltage.
Instable power supplies? The ESR of your output capacitor might be the reason. In our new application video we show how the ESR of a capacitor is measured over frequency using OMICRON Lab's vector network analyzer Bode 100 and the impedance adapter B-WIC/B-SMC. Watch our new video tutorial!
A new Version of the Bode Analyzer Suite is available for download. The new BAS includes the following changes:
- Cursor positions stored in .bode file
- Nyquist diagram added
- New Cursor functions added
- Migration to .net Framework 4.0
- Minor bug fixes
If you are interested in the new version of the BAS, feel free to download it from our download area.
The ISAQ 100 is a high precision scope, FFT analyzer and data recorder & analyzer, serving for analyzing and/or recording of voltage signals under challenging conditions. Due to its smart isolation concept the ISAQ 100 can be used as an isolation amplifier and is the perfect solution for measurements in EMC critical areas and for high voltage applications. Read more about the smart DAQ System.
In his application note Dr. Ali Shirsavar investigates the implementation of peak current mode control with slope compensation on a single chip Piccolo A from Texas Instruments. If you are interested, check out our webpage.
You do not exactly know at which frequency your measurement looks most interesting? No problem, use the zoom and copy from zoom functions of the Bode Analyzer Suite!
In addition we show how to set the cursor to the maximum and minimum value of a curve. Watch our new video tutorial!
New Article available on our webpage:
Mr. Steven Sandler describes in his new article how the output capacitor ESR need of a voltage regulator to reach a desired phase margin can be determined by one simple output impedance measurement. If you are interested, feel free to download the article. Please note that this article is also available in German language.
In our new application note we show how the Bode 100 can be used to measure the impedance of solar cells under dark conditions. The Bode 100 is used in conjunction with the Picotest J2130A DC-Bias Injector to apply a DC voltage to the PV module which simulates the operation point instead of exposing the module to light. If you are interested, feel free to download the application note.
Assess the stability of voltage regulators using the Bode 100 and the B-WIT 100. We demonstrate how to measure the phase margin of an LM317 voltage regulator. Watch our new video tutorial!
The impedance values of current sensing resistors are generally in the range of several milliohms.
Measuring such low impedance values at high frequencies is a challenging task. In our new application note we did measure a 20 milliohm SMD resistor and a 20 milliohm 4-wire current sense resistor. If you are interested, have a look.
OMICRON Lab has started a new series of online learning tutorials. These short videos contain information about features of the Bode Analyzer Suite and show applications of the Bode 100. Users or people interested in our products now have the chance to inform themselves about the handling and the capabilities of our Smart Measurement Solutions. In our first video we demonstrate the data and memory functionality of the Bode Analyzer Suite.
The Bode 100 offers several functions that are useful to evaluate antenna characteristics. All reflection parameters can be displayed in linear, logarithmic, polar or Smith-diagrams. In our new application note we did measure a 1026 MHz medium wave and two Ham-radio antennas. Furthermore this application note contains information about the use of the Bode 100 in conjunction with an external coupler and an external amplifier.
The stability of a power supply can depend on the performance of the used optocoupler. In our new application note we use the Bode 100 and the J2130A DC Bias injector to measure the current transfer ratio over frequency.
The new Bode Analyzer Suite V2.32 now allows to store comments together with a performed measurement. The comments can be easily entered in a separate area below the measurement. Entered comments are stored together with the measurement results in the *.bode file. When measurements are printed or copy to the clipboard the comment is printed or copied as well. For more function on this new functionality please refer to this document.
You can download the new Bode Analyzer Suite V 2.32 in the download area.
Battery impedance includes information about the internal state of a battery. The Bode 100 in conjunction with the Picotest J2111A Current Injector offers a test set for measuring the impedance spectrum of a battery in the range from 1 Hz to 10 MHz. Check out our new application note!
Crosstalk can cause serious problems in power supply systems with multiple regulators. The Bode 100 and the Picotest J2111A Current Injector form the perfect test set to measure crosstalk in the full frequency range from 1 Hz to 40 MHz. Have a look at our new AppNote on Crosstalk measurements.
In our new AppNote we used the Bode 100 to perform impedance matching of a 27MHz antenna coil. Furthermore we did analyze a transmission link between two matched antenna coils.
If you are interested have a look at our new Application Note.
The DC operation point can have a strong influence on the impedance of a device. Using the Bode 100 in conjunction with the J2130A Picotest Injector you can measure impedance with a DC offset up to 50 volts. Check out our new Application Note.
Reverse transfer is an unappreciated and rarely discussed characteristic of voltage regulators. The Bode 100 together with the PICOTEST Current Injector is the perfect test set to measure Reverse Transfer. Have a look at our new Application Note!
In circuits with transformers the overall performance of the circuit is often dependent on the characteristics of the transformer itself. It can therefore be very important to fully characterize the used transformer. AEi Systems uses the Bode 100 to model transformers. If you are interested, download the article on our webpage!
The Bode 100 offers great possibilities to determine equivalent circuit parameters. Measuring complex impedances and resonance frequencies enables the calculation of many parameters. A customer did measure printed circuit coils using the Bode 100. In addition a matching network was designed using the Smith Chart. If you are interested, click here.
QuickFil is a powerful software for the design of passive filters. It enables the calculation of many filter types up to 50th order. And the best: It is freeware! Check out our new AppNote Passive Filter Design. This application note includes a step by step guide on how to design a filter in QuickFil and shows how the filter characteristics are measured using the
In combination with the new Picotest Signal Injectors the Bode 100 is a powerful tool to analyze power supplies. In two new application notes we demonstrate how important power supply parameters can be measured easily. In the AppNote Power Supply Rejection Ratio Measurement we show you how you can measure the influence of supply voltage changes on the stabilized output power of your power supply. In the AppNote Invasive and Non-Invasive Stability Measurements we demonstrate how you can access the stability of a power supply even if you have no access to the feedback loop.
Company Data RFID Tags have become a part of our daily life. They provide access to buildings or allow us to use vending machines. To ensure that an RFID-Tag really functions it is important that it has the correct resonance frequency. By using the Bode 100 it is possible to perform a touch less measurement of this resonance frequency.
Find out how by reading our newest AppNote.
The new BAS supports non-invasive stability measurements of voltage regulators and switched mode power supplies. In combination with Picotest's current Injector J2111A the Bode 100 is now able to measure the output impedance of voltage regulators and switched mode power supplies. The newly implemented cursor calculations allow to derive the phase margin of a control loop directly from the measured output impedance. For more information please check out our Application Note on Non-invasive stability measurements.
You can download the new BAS V2.31 free of charge at www.omicron-lab.com/downloads.
The filter design software QuickFil is a program which was originally developed under DOS. It allows calculating passive electronic filters up to the 50th order in a quick and efficient way.
With specially designed fast mathimatical algorithms and arithmetic routines in assembler language, QuickFil is still one of the the fastest passive filter design softwares on the market. This was also the reason why we migrated QuickFil to the windows environment. But with the start of the 64 bit area, it seemed that QuickFil had come to an end.
Luckily, we found a workaround which allows to run QuickFil also under Windows Vista and Windows 7. And so it is now possible to offer you our old-fashioned but high performance filter design software as Freeware.
Find out more
2010-05-04 New App Note on DSL cable analysis published
The quality of a data connection depends very often on the twisted pair cable used for the network installation. Together with AESA-Cotaillod a leading provider in telecommunication cable measurement systems we have developed this application note that shows how the characteristic of a DSL cable can be checked with the Bode 100.
Find out more
2010-02-15 American Web Shop renewed - enjoy more flexibility and better handling
Due to the renewal of the web shop for our customers from the US we can now provide a straight forward and easy handling shopping system. The new American Web Shop now also includes all OMICRON Lab articels and detailed product information.
Please check the new American Webshop out at: www.omicron-lab.com/us-shop/
2010-01-11 Service Release: Bode Analyzer Suite V2.23 launched
With the beginning of the year 2010 we have officially released a new version of the Bode Analyzer Suite. The version V2.23 is a service release and offers the following improvements in comparison to the so far available V2.21:
- Improved Phase performance at low frequencies
- Data/Memory function for impedance and admittance fixed
- Enhanced CSV Export (more data exported)
You can download the Bode Analyzer Suite V2.23 in our download area.
The next major release (V2.3) with a lot more enhancements is planned for spring 2010. Readers of our newsletter will be among the first to learn about the new features. So make sure that you are registered.
2009-10-20 European Web Shop - a new shopping experience
The European Web Shop was created in order to provide you with a fast, simple and comfortable way to choose and order the OMICRON Lab product you require for your measuring tasks.
Customers from all European Union countries as well as Switzerland, Norway & Iceland can use this web shop at the moment.
During the development of the European Web Shop we focused on the creation of a platform which offers detailed information about all featured products in combination with a straight forward and easy handling.
Just have a look at www.omicron-lab.com/shop.
Our next target is to offer the same benefits to our US customers by migrating our US Web Shop to the new Web Shop system as well.
2009-06-08 Wideband Injection Transformer B-WIT 100 launched
One key application of the Bode 100 is the stability analysis of switched mode power supplies. For such an analysis it is necessary to inject the source signal of the Bode 100 into the control loop, usually into the feedback part of the loop. For this purpose an injection transformer is required. OMICRON Lab is now offering an own solution for this problem. The B-WIT 100 was especially developed for the signal insertion using low impedances. This ensures that the transformer's influence on the control loop is minimized.
For more information visit our Accessories section.
2009-02-26 Automation Interface Programming Examples Released
Performing the same measurement over and over again is a pretty boring thing. But by using Bode 100's Automation Interface it is possible to delegate such tasks to an automated measurement setup. To simplify your entry into the world of automated measurements with Bode 100 we have now added automation examples for the most commonly used programming languages and automation programs.
For more information visit our Automation Interface section.
2009-01-20 OMICRON Lab's new Bode Analyzer Suite V 2.21 released - Get automated!
These days improving efficiency is a big issue in every aspect of our daily business - especially in production. Therefore automated measurements are continuously gaining importance. With the new Bode Analyzer Suite we focused on this important topic by implementing ALL functionalities of the Bode 100 for its OLE Automation Interface. Furthermore we added a very useful function to the frequency sweep modes.
So what is new in the Bode Analyzer Suite V2.21?
- All functions of Bode 100 were implemented to the OLE Automation Interface (AI).
- The Frequency Sweep (ext. coupler) Mode has been added.
- The VSWR Format is now supported by the AI
- The new unwrapped Phase function is supported.
- Save & Load complete equipment configuration via the Automation Interface for automated switching between measurements.
- The Unwrapped Phase function available in the Frequency Sweep and the Frequency Sweep (External Coupler) modes allows switching from the wrapped phase reading (+/- 180°) to a continuous phase reading. This function is very useful for applications such as the calculation of phase delay times. (For more information refer to the according manual extension.)
- Improved CSV Export (Full ANSI compatibility)
Again many of the implemented features and improvements were proposed by our customers. We are very happy to get such excellent input and ideas. Many thanks for your great support that helped us to further improve the Bode Analyzer Suite.
Have fun working with Bode 100 and benefit from the possibilities the new Bode Analyzer Suite provides for you!
P.S: The new Bode Analyzer Suite V2.21 can be downloaded free of charge.
OMICRON Lab has released the new Bode Analyzer Suite V 2.2 for Bode 100
Based on the input of our constantly growing customer base we have developed a full set of new features and functionalities, which further extends the range of application of our versatile Bode 100 Vector Network Analyzer.
Here is a selection of the new features of the Bode Analyzer Suite V2.2:
- The extended measurement range 1Hz – 40MHz allows network analysis and impedance measurements within more than 7 decades.
- The Shaped Level function in the frequency sweep mode adds more convinience for the analysis of control circuits such as DC/DC converters.
- The new measurement mode: Frequency Sweep (External Coupler) adds more flexibility for the impedance measurement (e.g. for broadcast antennas).
- Print your measurement results directly with the integrated Print Report function.
- Extended Copy to Clipboard function copies the curve as well as its settings in editable format.
- And for sure we support the following Windows operating system:
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP
- Windows XP 64 bit (new)
- Windows Vista (new)
- Windows Vista 64 bit (new)
For more details please check out the document: BAS V2.2 What's new
We thank all our customers for their precious inputs and ideas which helped us to further improve this outstanding software product.
Enjoy your work with Bode 100 and benefit from the new functions of Bode Analyzer Suite!
OMICRON Lab has released new software for Bode 100
The new Bode Analyzer Suite V 2.01a provides many additional functions which significantly enhance and extend the area of application of the Bode 100 Vector Network Analyzer.
The new and improved user interface allows a quicker and even more intuitive operation of Bode 100 than ever before.
Here is a selection of the new features of the Bode Analyzer Suite V2.01:
- OLE compatible automation interface for the integration of Bode 100 into automatic measurement setups
- Two calibration methods:
- User Calibration - to reach highest accuracy by calibrating every single frequency point
- Probe Calibration - for flexible operation; allows change of frequency settings without the need of re-calibration
- Store & retrieve Bode 100's settings, measurement results and calibration in *.Bode (XML) file format
- Export measurement data in CSV format allows easy data processing with tools like Excel™ and MatLAB™
- Serial and parallel equivalent circuits displayed in the impedance measurement mode
up to 16501 measurement points supported frequency sweep mode
OMICRON Lab has added several customer examples on how the Bode 100 is being used
Audio Amplifier Test, Measuring Quartz Crystal Circuit and Measuring Quartz Crystal Circuit II.
OMICRON Lab has added several funny RF Geek jokes, enjoy! :-)
2005-05-23 OMICRON Lab has added the Bode 100 user manual online to provide users with easy access on using the Bode 100
OMICRON Lab is proud to announce the Bode 100
A compact, multifunctional test set designed for the electronic laboratory.
Bode 100 is the best value for a computer controlled Vector Network Analyzer, Gain Phase Meter, Impedance Meter and Sine Wave Generator in a single unit. The flexible hardware design combined with PC based software allows the Bode 100 to be used for audio, video, and RF applications in labs or production fields.