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The Forthcoming IEEE Standard 1696 on Test Methods for Characterizing Circuit Probes



Nicholas Paulter, John Jendzurski, Mike McTigue, Bill Hagerup, Thomas E. Linnenbrink


The Technical Committee 10 (TC10) of the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society initiated a new standards activity in 2006 for the development of test methods to characterize the performance of circuit probes. This standard contains a set of performance parameters that describe probe performance along with a test method for each of these parameters. All test methods consider both single-ended and differential probes. The probes may be either stand alone, that is, they are not necessarily constrained to operate with one model of waveform recorder (such as an oscilloscope), or a probe-scope system, where the probe is designed by the probe manufacturer to work with one or two models of oscilloscopes. The probes considered in this standard are all active high-input impedance devices. Both static and dynamic signal measuring performance parameters are considered in the P1696. The crux to accurate measurements of the dynamic signal measurement properties of the probe is a quality test fixture, which is described in the standard.
IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement


circuit probe, differential, probe-scope system, single-ended, stand-alone probe, test fixture


Paulter, N. , Jendzurski, J. , McTigue, M. , Hagerup, B. and Linnenbrink, T. (2013), The Forthcoming IEEE Standard 1696 on Test Methods for Characterizing Circuit Probes, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created May 5, 2013, Updated October 12, 2021