Posts with the tag laboratory hardware

Raspberry Pi Web Display for a Uni-T UT61E Multimeter

See my other post on the multimeter itself: True-RMS Digital Multimeter Uni-T UT61E

First, I set up my Raspberry Pi with Arch Linux ARM using my script (which follows the instructions on

Then I log in via SSH and set up everything on the command line:


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Rohde & Schwarz HAMEG HMC 8043 Power Supply

The Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8043: A 3 channel power supply 0-32V, max. 3A, 100W.

  • Total output power: 100W
  • Maximum current per channel: 3A for HMC8043
  • Half-19″ form factor, rack mountable
  • FuseLink, FuseDelay, EasyArb, EasyRamp
  • LXI, LAN, USB (TMC and virtual COM port)
  • Data logging directly to flash drive (csv file)

Network Communication

The default ports are:

  • Raw TCP:...

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Rohde & Schwarz HAMEG HMP4030 – Programmable Three-Channel Power Supply

HMP4000 front HMP4000 side

Key Facts

  • HMP4030: 3 × 0 V to 32 V/0 A to 10 A (384 W)
  • HMP4040: 4 × 0 V to 32 V/0 A to 10 A (384 W)
  • Low residual ripple due to linear postregulators
  • Realtime voltage, current and power values
  • High setting and readback resolution:

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True-RMS Digital Multimeter Uni-T UT61E

Based on the Cyrustek ES51922 chip (see useful info and datasheet).

How my USB-Adapter shows up on Linux

With OpenSuse 13.1 dmesg reveals:

[673.821024] usb 6-1: new full-speed USB device number 2 using uhci_hcd
[674.182048] usb 6-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1a86, idProduct=e008
[674.182054] usb 6-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1,...

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Agilent U1273A Multimeter – using the IR-USB Adapter with Linux

Product Information

The Agilent U1273A is a handheld digital multimeter (DMM) with OLED Display. It has the following capabilities and specifications:

  • Voltage Measuring Range DC: 30mV to 1kV
  • Voltage Measuring Range AC: 30mV to 1kV
  • Current Measuring Range DC: 300µA to 10A
  • Current Measuring Range AC: 300µA to 10A
  • Resistance Measuring Range: 30ohm to 300Mohm
  • Frequency Measuring...

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iDS USB 2 uEye SE UI-1480SE CMOS Camera

Producer Link
Quick Specs: resolution: 2560 x 1920, sensor size: 1/2", pixel pitch: 2.2 µm, full res fps: 6

Detailed Specifications

I put the specs from the website on as well as the ones from the datasheet.

On Ubuntu 12.04

USB IDs and Device Identification

  • dmesg reveals: [ 156.864350] usb 2-6: new...

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Oerlikon Leybold IONIVAC ITR 90 Vacuum Gauge

The ITR 90 transmits the measured values via RS232. The protocol is given in the detailed manual.


I wrote a software to read out the vacuum gauge with you computer:


RS232 Connector

Mapping of the RS232 port to the DSUB15 connector on ITR90:

Connector DSUB15 Meaning RS232
Pin 13 TxD (Transmit Data)
Pin 14 RxD (Receive...

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VScom USB-4COM-M – A 4-Port USB-to-Serial Adapter

The VScom USB-4COM-M is a 4-port USB-to-Serial adapter. It has a sturdy metal case and is made for industrial use. It is based on FTDI's FT4232H.

Ubuntu 12.04 dmesg output

Seems to work without drivers on Ubuntu:

[17724.148265] usb 2-6: new high-speed USB device number 2 using ehci_hcd
[17724.303330] USB Serial...

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Agilent XGS-600 Vacuum Gauge Controller

Product Description

The XGS-600 Gauge Controller accepts any of three different kinds of gauge cards which, between them, operate all Agilent vacuum gauges. Choose from

  • Convection gauges such as thermocouple or ConvecTorr
  • Hot filament ion gauges
  • Inverted magnetron (cold cathode or Penning) gauges

Up to six cards can be installed in the XGS-600 Controller, in...

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Rigol DG1022 Arbitrary Waveform Function Generator

The DG1022 is a function generator that I was able to test recently. It is quite cheap (390 USD in the USA), has two outputs for standard wave forms (sine, square, ramp, pulse and noise) and also supports...

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Hamamatsu ORCA-Flash2.8 camera C11440-10C – Scientific CMOS Camera

Hardware Properties

Imaging details:

Image sensor Wavelength sensitivity Intensity of signal Frame rate at full resolution Exposure time Spatial resolution (pixel size)
type 2.8 megapixel scientific CMOS Visible Low light 45 frames per second 20 microseconds to 10 seconds 3.63 microns

More Technical Details:

Property C11440-10C
Imaging device CMOS image sensor FL-280
Wavelength (min.) 300 nm
Wavelength (max.) 1000 nm
QE (max.) 67%
Active pixels 1920(H) x 1440(V)
Pixel size 3.63(H) x 3.63(V)µm
Active sensor...

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Use a Prologix GPIB-to-USB Controller via Linux

Plug'n'Play on Linux

Plug the Prologix GPIB-USB Controller in on your Ubuntu 11.04 machine (most probably it will work on most older versions too) it directly shows up as a serial port via USB, such as /dev/ttyUSB0. No additional drivers needed. Here is the output of dmesg when you plug it...

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