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Matthew Carolan
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Forums and Programming Examples
Hi everybody! I am not sure how many of you know but we have instrument specific forums at Keysight.  You can find the power supply forums at:  Keysight Power Supply Forums .  If you have questions on power supplies you can post them there and either someon...
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How do I use Python (and no installed IO Library) to talk to my instrument?
Hello everybody, Our newest support engineer and I have decided to learn Python ( https://www.python.org/ ) so that we can generate programming examples.  We are hearing that more and more customers are using Python so we figured that we would get on the fr...
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Using User Defined Statuses on the APS
Hi Everyone, I wanted to talk about a feature in our Advanced Power Supply family (APS from here on out)  that not too many people know about.  The APS features two user defined statuses in the Operation Status group.  Here is a rundown of all the entries i...
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Should I use RS-232 or GPIB to communicate with my instrument?
Hi everyone, I am writing this as I am preparing to go to the beach for a week.  My topic today will be short but hopefully useful.    We are going to talk about a subject that has been near and dear to my heart for the past 15 years, serial versus GPIB com...
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Let's See the Watchdog TImer in Action
Hi everybody! It is the end of the month and time for my monthly blog post. Quite some time ago, my buddy Gary mentioned our watchdog timer protection in a post.  Here is what he had to say: The watchdog timer is a unique feature on some Agilent power suppl...
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When is 64,000 points too many?
Hi everybody! This month's blog post is based off a customer question that we received this month.  The question was around arbitrary waveforms (arbs), the number of points for the arb, and waveform fidelity.  I have spoken about arbs in the past:  click me...
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Synchronize Your Measurements with Your List Transients
Hi everybody! My blog post this month is the result of a recent customer question.  The question was: how do you synchronize measurements
with list transients?  The short answer
is that you use the built in digitizer to generate enough points to sample the
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Using the Passthrough Command in IVI drivers
Hi everybody! I was working on a customer question yesterday and I thought that it would make an enlightening blog post.  We have a feature for our IVI-COM and IVI-C drivers that allows you to directly send SCPI commands to your instrument.  This is really ...
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Why is the Programming Resolution Supplemental Characteristic Listed as an Average?
Hello everyone! Happy New Year!  This is our last post of 2014 so we wanted to wish all of our readers a Happy New Year.  Today I am going to talk about a question that I have been asked a few times lately.  In many of our power supplies, we list our Progra...
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APS Paralleling Made Easier through Programming
Hi Everyone, The Advanced Power Supply family has a very slick way to parallel units for higher current called current sharing.  This enables all of the paralleled units to be in Constant Voltage (CV) mode which is a change from most of our other power supp...
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