[volt-nuts] "*WAY* too expensive for even Keysight to redesign"

Daniel Mendes dmendesf at gmail.com
Mon May 11 13:17:02 EDT 2015

Come on, we all know how this will end... a raspberry-pi like processor 
running a virtual machine emulating the original processor (running the 
same firmware) and taking care of everything digital, and the analog 
asics doing what they do best.... HP48 style.


On 11/05/2015 06:11, Will wrote:
> I talked about this with a friend who works for the semiconductor
> industry. He had a feeling that the new 3458A meters don't last as
> long as the old ones.
> He had compared two faulty Malaysia made meters with close serial
> numbers and found a component which had a 1980s date code in one meter
> and 1990s in another.
> He was a little worried about the combination of manufacturing in
> Malaysia and buying obsolete components probably from the local
> sources. When fake and "cleaned" components have found their way to
> trains, aeroplanes and even defence electronics, why would the 3458A
> be an exception.
> 2015-05-08 15.38 UTC+03.00, frank.stellmach at freenet.de
> <frank.stellmach at freenet.de>:
>> Many components of the 3458A are already obsolete, or endangered by PTNs,
>> not to speak about all these through-hole components. I've already seen
>> pictures about a piggy-back solutions for several ICs, and maybe they have
>> to use that already for the new production, especially the two fast
>> comparators EL2010, U142 & U181, used with the A/D.
>> The 68HC000 is also obsolete in the DIL package, and the SMD package is 'not
>> for new design' already.
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