[volt-nuts] 3457A - should I preserve SRAM contents, or purposely corrupt them by removing power?

Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk
Mon Jan 25 10:55:17 EST 2016

On 25 January 2016 at 15:40, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at phk.freebsd.dk> wrote:

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> , "Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd)" writes:
> >I'm wondering if I would be better purposely removing the battery, and
> >putting a short across the SRAM so I ensure the contents are definitely
> >lost. My logic is that
> I would save the content before doing that, so that I could compare it
> to whatever I got back from calibration.
> My experience so far says that there probably is a GPIB command which
> can read out the memory, but of course you still need to know the
> address-space layout.

I've not looked myself, but I did see a note on the web there was no
documented command to do read out the cal data on a 3457A. But in any case,
unless I know how to interpret those values, a bunch of meaningless 0's and
1's is not going to be a lot of use. Of course, if I could save them I
would, then in the event someone ever figures out what the numbers mean, I
could do a comparison.

It would be nice to know if the meter is in/out of spec, but to me, I think
having it put as close as possible to correct is more worthwhile, even
though a metrologist who gets their meter calibrated regularly would no
doubt see it different.


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