Archive for the ‘Teardowns’ Category.

Teardown of a SMART UF-55 Projector

My workplace was throwing away an old SMART UF-55 DLP projector. The projector had many stuck mirrors and the lamp had already surpassed the rated useful life span. I had always wanted to take a look at a DMD chip so I decided to take it home and do a detailed teardown. You can find my video of this teardown towards the end of the post. Continue reading ‘Teardown of a SMART UF-55 Projector’ »

Lambda LQ-521 Power Supply Teardown and Repair

I bought a non-working Lambda LQ-521 linear power supply on eBay a couple of weeks ago. Usually I avoid knowingly buying something that is broken unless I am certain that I could obtain parts for it at a reasonable price. But buying broken linear power supplies is another story as most of the problem can be fixed with readily available components. Continue reading ‘Lambda LQ-521 Power Supply Teardown and Repair’ »

Teardown of an 8-10 GHz RF Isolator

I did a teardown video of a microwave range (8-10 GHz) RF isolator last week. As a follow up, I will post some of the high-resolution pictures I took during the process here (click to see larger images). Continue reading ‘Teardown of an 8-10 GHz RF Isolator’ »

Some Pictures of My HP 8566B Spectrum Analyzer

The latest addition to my lab is an HP 8566B spectrum analyzer. This isn’t just any spectrum analyzer, it was perhaps the best spectrum analyzer money could buy back in the late 80’s. While it was discontinued in 1997 and has long become obsolete, its performance remains quite impressive even by today’s standards and still rivals that of many of its modern counterparts. Continue reading ‘Some Pictures of My HP 8566B Spectrum Analyzer’ »

EDC/Krohn-Hite MV216A DC Voltage Standard Teardown and Tempco Measurement

In this blog post, we are going to take a look at Electronic Development Corporation’s (EDC, acquired by Krohn-Hite in 1998) MV216A battery/external powered DC voltage standard and also measure its voltage reference’s temperature coefficient (tempco). A teardown video is also included towards the end. MV216A is a six decade precision DC voltage standard, it can output from 0.1µV in 100mV range all the way up to 11.1111V in 10V range. Voltage standards of this caliber are usually used as calibrators to calibrate multimeters and other test instruments. Continue reading ‘EDC/Krohn-Hite MV216A DC Voltage Standard Teardown and Tempco Measurement’ »

Keithley 706 Scanner Teardown

I bought this Keithley 706 scanner on eBay a while ago. This scanner can take up to ten different scanner cards and is typically used in an automated testing environment. In this blog post, I will show some of the teardown pictures and a couple of the scanner cards (7064, 7152) included in this unit. A quick teardown video is included towards the end. Continue reading ‘Keithley 706 Scanner Teardown’ »

Teardown of a Cisco CSS 11503 Content Services Switch

This old Cisco switch was on its way to the dumpster at my work place, so I thought I would rescue it. After all, while there are plenty of teardowns of consumer grade networking gear on the internet, teardowns of enterprise level network equipment have been hard to come by. So at the very least it would be a good opportunity to take a good peek inside. Continue reading ‘Teardown of a Cisco CSS 11503 Content Services Switch’ »

Wavetek 859 50 MHz Pulse Generator Teardown

In this blog post, let us take a look at a Wavetek 859 50 Mhz pulse generator. This pulse generator was made back in the 1980’s and has long been obsolete since. I got this unit next to nothing as it was not working and I was told that multiple boards might have failed. Even though it might not be repairable, we can still learn quite a bit from a teardown. If you just wanted to watch the teardown video instead of reading through the post, you can scroll down to the bottom. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 859 50 MHz Pulse Generator Teardown’ »

Amrel PPS-2322 Programmable Power Supply Teardown

I picked up an Amrel PPS-2322 programmable power supply from eBay recently. You probably have not heard of the Amrel brand before as American Reliance (Amrel) no longer makes power supplies nowadays. Its power supply division was acquired by AMETEK Programmable Power, a subdivision of AMETEK back in 2010. While Amrel power supplies had been discontinued, Amrel branded electronic loads are still being actively developed and sold by AMETEK. Continue reading ‘Amrel PPS-2322 Programmable Power Supply Teardown’ »

Keithley 614 Electrometer Teardown

In this blog post, we will take a look inside a 1980 vintage Keithley 614 Electrometer. While it was designed and built more than three decades ago, its performance is still pretty impressive (10 fA current resolution) even compared with today’s modern standards. Its performance was only rivaled by Keithley 617 in its days. Continue reading ‘Keithley 614 Electrometer Teardown’ »

Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown

I bought a Wavetek 1045 RF power meter off eBay a few weeks ago. It came with a 13787 detector which is capable of measuring RF power between -50 dBm to 10 dBm with a frequency range of 1 MHz to 18 GHz. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown’ »

HP 8642B Teardown Pictures

In my last post, I showed my LED backlight mod of the HP 8642B synthesized signal generator. And during the process, I also showed some pictures of the A1 (keyboard and LCD) module and A2 (modulator) module alone with an intriguing Easter egg message in the firmware. In today’s post, I will do a full teardown of each module and take a closer look at what’s inside. Continue reading ‘HP 8642B Teardown Pictures’ »

Wavetek 907 Repair, YIG Oscillator Teardown

As I mentioned in my previous posting, there was an issue with my Wavetek 907 microwave frequency generator. While everything was fine during my initial testing, the frequency display is now stuck with an out-of-range display and the adjustable frequency range is limited to between around 6.9 Ghz to 7.9 Ghz (instead of all the way up to 11 Ghz). My initial suspicion was that the PTC heater inside the YIGGunn oscillator was malfunctioning. But as it turned out, it was something else. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 907 Repair, YIG Oscillator Teardown’ »

Wavetek 907 Signal Generator Teardown

Since I just got myself an HP 5350B microwave counter and I had fixed it up, I thought it would be great if I could get a SHF generator to test out the counter in the microwave range. So when I saw a super cheap Wavetek 907 for sale on eBay, I simply could not pass it up. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 907 Signal Generator Teardown’ »

MF 10A Analog Multimeter Teardown

Dave did an analog multimeter teardown in his latest episode. I have a Chinese made MF 10A multimeter bought back in the 90’s and thought I’d do a teardown to take a look at what is inside. Continue reading ‘MF 10A Analog Multimeter Teardown’ »