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'[OT] Tektronix TDS-210'
1998\10\27@151453 by Octavio Nogueira

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Does anyone have any information on the TDS-210 scope serial interface
board? I will need to transfer some waveform images to my computer
and I was thinking in building the interface myself. Is it possible?
Any link?

Regards,

Octavio
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1998\10\27@155202 by cousens

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IS it standard a standard gpib, if so my hitachi
scope manual has the equivalent of about 10 A4
pages in it

I can scan it  convert it to text and send it to you
if you like

Octavio Nogueira wrote:
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Is it true that they have, on the new version of windows
managed to increase the MTBF from 95 to 98 minutes ?
(That's why they called it 95)

1998\10\27@163014 by Joe Little

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The interface looks to be manageable, but there is a ROM on the board.  I've

been looking for information also, and have not found much.  It comes with a

nice thick programmers manual, and a demo of their Wavestar software.  The
Wavestar software lets you easily copy waveforms to the Win95 clipboard.

The serial commands are semi human readable.  It's nice that the commands
are
readable, but they sure are bulky.

Here's a snip of basic code that one of the Tektronics application engineers

sent.

        OPEN "COM" + port$ + ":9600,N,8,1" FOR RANDOM AS #1
        CALL SENDBREAK     (1 , VAL(port$))
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "CLEARMENU")
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "FACTORY")
        CALL RS232WAITCOM  (1 , 2)
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "HEADER OFF")
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "AUTOSET EXECUTE")
        PRINT "Channel 1 waveform autoset is now being performed"
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "CH1:SCALE?")
        CALL RS232READ     (1 , VOLTS$)
        CALL RS232WRITE    (1 , "HORIZONTAL:MAIN:SCALE?")
        CALL RS232READ     (1 , SEC$)
        '  Display results.
        PRINT "     The VOLTS/DIV setting is "; VOLTS$
        PRINT "     The  SEC/DIV  setting is "; SEC$

I bought the scope to be the voltage measurement part of an automated
test fixture.

I do turn key engineering, and it sure gets boring testing a box of
boards when they come back from the assembler. I usually make some
kind of fixture with each project, and end up twiddling knobs,
pressing switches, and watching tedious lights for hours on end.

Hopefully I'll be able to set up for a test in an hour or two, then
sog thru a box of boards without needing to bother my brain much.

The test fixture will have a VisualBasic user interface.  It will
talk to a PIC in the tester via RS-232.  The PIC controls two 10 bit
D/A's with 1 amp power amps. Hopefully they will provide computer
controlled +-15Volts, but nothin but smoke so far.  Also there will
be 16 digital outputs, 16 digital inputs of the shift register
variety.

It won't be fast, but with coffee and a good book, it doesn't need to
be fast to be good.

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Does anyone have any information on the TDS-210 scope serial
interface board? I will need to transfer some waveform images to my
computer
and I was thinking in building the interface myself. Is it possible?
Any link?

Regards,

Octavio

1998\10\27@175956 by kfisk

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Mmm, anything is possible. Practical? I don't believe it is. I can't recall
the cost, but I don't believe it was a whole lot of money. Of course, if you
wanted to do this for, say 'the heck of it' then that's a completely
different animal.

Remember, the mating connector on this scope is a pretty high density piece.
All that being said, I cannot offer anything in the way of pinouts.

You might try Tek themselves to see if they'll fax you a schematic or
connector diagram.


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1998\10\30@024810 by Oyvind Kaurstad

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>Does anyone have any information on the TDS-210 scope serial interface
>board? I will need to transfer some waveform images to my computer
>and I was thinking in building the interface myself. Is it possible?
>Any link?

If you're talking about the RS232 port then it's easy.
You could retrieve info from the scope using a simple terminal program.
There's a complete set of text commands. It's fully described
in the "Programmers manual" which comes with the comms module.

In fact, every setting on the scope can be configured from the 232 port.

If you're talking GPIB then I have no clue.

Best regards

-Oyvind

1998\10\30@045241 by Kevin Fisk

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Actually Oyvind I think he's talking about building the **board** himself
not just using the one available from Tek.

> >Does anyone have any information on the TDS-210 scope serial interface
> >board? I will need to transfer some waveform images to my computer
> >and I was thinking in building the interface myself. Is it possible?
> >Any link?
>
> If you're talking about the RS232 port then it's easy.
> You could retrieve info from the scope using a simple terminal program.
> There's a complete set of text commands. It's fully described
> in the "Programmers manual" which comes with the comms module.
>
> In fact, every setting on the scope can be configured from the 232 port.
>
> If you're talking GPIB then I have no clue.
>
> Best regards
>
> -Oyvind
>

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