Successfully troubleshooting EMI/EMC problems isn't easy. You need time, you need a strategy, and you need to remain calm. Sometimes, you need a special "sixth sense" that only comes from experience because in some cases, your problems aren't even related with the EUT (equipment under test).
Article by instructor Arturo Mediano about near-field scanners.
I love near field probes because they let me "see" magnetic and electric fields with an oscilloscope or with a spectrum analyzer. They let locate sources of emissions in board, cables, and systems. Near-field scanners also let you see emissions, particularly all over a board. That's hard to do with a single probe.
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This blog post is a few years old, but remains very interesting to see the difference in performance among USB wall chargers. Ever wonder about the difference between the expensive name-brand charger and the cheap imitation? This article gives in depth examination of the noise emanating from these devices. An interesting side effect of unwanted electrical noise from the chargers is that the touch-screen on your device can become unresponsive or erratic in some cases.
Arturo Mediano teaches courses on EMC/EMI and Signal Integrity for Besser Associates. He is a frequent contributor to industry magazines and journals on these topics. This article appears in the "Practical Tips" section of InCompliance magazine.
Ferrites for EMI suppression are usually chosen looking for high (resistive) impedance at the frequency of interest; but, sometimes, that ferrite is not working as expected. Perhaps you have saturation effects?
Arturo Mediano is a professor at University of Zaragoza (Spain) and founder of The HF-Magic Lab®, a specialized laboratory for design, diagnostic, troubleshooting, and training in the EMI/EMC/SI and RF fields. He is also an instructor for Besser Associates (CA, USA) offering public and on site courses in EMI/EMC/SI/RF subjects.
Instructor Arturo Mediano has written an article for In Compliance magazine:
Digital and power electronic systems can reduce the radiated and conducted emissions profile using spread spectrum techniques. Typically, no more than 10-12dB can be obtained with those techniques but the result can be useful to comply with regulations...
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