Electronic Test and Measurement Topics

Topics beginning with "C"
C7

Common Channel Signaling System No. 7 or Signalling System 7 a widely used ITU signalling protocol standard for PSTN telephone calls.

Cable Assembly

bound / sheathed group of wire or fiber conductors.

Cable Fault Finders

Use time domain reflectometry to locate signal loss or a Murray loop bridge.

Cable Fault Locators

Use time domain reflectometry to locate signal loss or a Murray loop bridge.

Cable Finders

detect an induced or directly transmitted signal through a cable to trace its location.

Cable Locators

detect an induced or directly transmitted signal through a cable to trace its location.

Cable Modems

Modulate - Demodulate data signals over CATV.

Cable TDR
Cable Television

Community Antenna Television or. Community Access Television service.

Cable Testers

evaluate the integrity of wire or fiber bundles.

Cable Tracers

Identify a wire's path.

Cable Trackers

Identify a wire's path.

Cable TV

Community Antenna Television or. Community Access Television service.

Calibration

maintains accuracy of test asset by correcting out of specification conditions.

Calibration Services

Adjust test elements to desired specifications.

Calibration Software

Generate a reading during a calibration, analyze it, and manage the calibration data.

Calibrators

ascertain instrument graduation deviation and rectify to precision known values.

Call Analyzers
Call-Generation

check telecom networks by call event validation.

Call Generators

check telecom networks by call event validation.

Calorimeters

measure heat during an event and the heat capacity of the material.

CAMAC

Computer Automated Measurement And Control. Standard parallel bus for Data Acquisition with 450ns transfer rate.

Cameras

capture images on either a light-sensitive film or on an electronic medium such as memory, for reproduction.Most cameras are comprised of five main components: lightproof body, shutter, lense, viewfinder, and focusing mechanism.

CAN

Controller Area Network

Can bus

Controller Area Network

CANBus

Controller Area Network

Cannabis

fibrous plant used as a textile and drug.

CANopen

Industrial open networking standard for sensors, actuators and controllers.

Capacitance

measured in farads the amount of stored charge.

Capacitance Bridges

A bridge that compares capacitance of a reference capacitor to DUT.

Capacitance Decade Boxes
Capacitance Meters

Measure capacitors.

Capacitor

A non-conductor storing electrical energy.

Capacitor Testers
Car

four wheeled vehicle.

Carbon Dioxide

An acidic oxide chemical compound.

Carbon Monoxide

a toxic gas devoid of odor, color and taste.

CardBus

CardBus is a 32-bit bus for connecting peripherals to laptops at a bandwidth of 133MB/s.

Carriers

Carrier devices are practical for adapting your product to a standard interface for testing on the bench or in the chamber.

CASS

Consolidated Automatic Support System USN

CAT

Computer Aided Test

CAT5

Category 5 cable.

CAT6

Category 6 cable.

CAT 6

Category 6 cable.

CAT 7

telecommunication premises cabling standard operating at 600 MHz.

Category 5

Category 5 cable.

CATV

Community Antenna Television or. Community Access Television service.

CATV Power Meters

Detect, measure, and monitor the intensity of a CATV signal.

CATV Test
CCD

Devices for recording images, typically consisting of an integrated circuit (IC) with an array of coupled capacitors.

CCS7

Common Channel Signaling System No. 7 or Signalling System 7 a widely used ITU signalling protocol standard for PSTN telephone calls.

CCTV

Video surveillance system consisting of cameras, linked by secure cables directly to viewing and recording devices.

CCTV Testers
CD

A Compact recording Disc.

CD Analyzers
CDMA

A technique for spread-spectrum multiple access digital communication.

CDMA2000

Is the code-division multiple access (CDMA) version of the IMT-2000 standard, operating at > 144 Kbps to < 2 Mbps.

Cell Phone

A mobile telophone which uses short range trasmitters in overlapping cells, arranged in a network with a common central unit making connections to regular telephone lines.

Cellular

A wireless telecom network composed of overlapping coverage areas called cells.

Cellular Phone

A mobile telophone which uses short range trasmitters in overlapping cells, arranged in a network with a common central unit making connections to regular telephone lines.

Central Office Switch

Telephone Exhcange

Certifiers

Assure standards are met.

Cesium References

A primary frequency standard in which electronic transitions between the two hyperfine ground states of cesium-133 atoms control the output frequency.

Cesium Standards

A primary frequency standard in which electronic transitions between the two hyperfine ground states of cesium-133 atoms control the output frequency.

CF

Flash technology storage that retains data without a battery.

CG

a reference signal source outputing multiple harmonics of the input signal.

Chambers

an enclosed isolated enviroment to perform controlled analysis.

Charge Amplifiers

A high-gain voltage amplifier with negative, capacitive feedback for converting a charge into a low impedance output voltage.

Charge-Coupled Device

Devices for recording images, typically consisting of an integrated circuit (IC) with an array of coupled capacitors.

Chart Recorders

Input a record to paper.

Chassis

Infrastructure housing for instrument cards typically containing a power supply, cooling fans and emi shielding.

Checkers

Prove out evaluation criterion.

Chemiluminescence

light light during a chemical reaction.

Chip

Passive or active components test and their interconnected circuitry in silicon or germanium.

Chromatic Dispersion

Light's differential group delay through a waveguide; ie. optical fiber.

Chucks

Hold DUTs in place.

Circuit Breaker

A switch automatically thrown in the event of a short or overload.

Circuit Breaker Finders

match a circuit to a breaker.

Circuit Testers

Analyze board, semiconductor, and cable interconnections.

CISPR

Comité International Spécial des Perturbations Radioélectriques (Special international committee on radio interference).

Clampmeters

combine meter and current probe into integrated instrument.

Clamp Meters

combine meter and current probe into integrated instrument.

Clamp Multimeters
Clips

afix test lead to UUT, DUT or component.

Clocks

measure time.

Closed Circuit Television

Video surveillance system consisting of cameras, linked by secure cables directly to viewing and recording devices.

Cloud

Collect, store and pour.

CMOS

Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor is a low power and heat integrated circuit.

CO

a toxic gas devoid of odor, color and taste.

CO2

An acidic oxide chemical compound.

Coaxial Matrix

route radio frequency signals through a a grid array.

Coaxial Probes

Coaxial Probes spring contact up to 20 GHz.

Coaxial Switches

Route RF offering excellent signal repeatability and isolation.

Coaxial Switching

Route RF offering excellent signal repeatability and isolation.

Code
Code Analysis
Code Analyzers
Code Debug

Program to locate run-time errors.

Code Debuggers

Program to locate run-time errors.

Code Debugging

Program to locate run-time errors.

Code Division Multiple Access

A technique for spread-spectrum multiple access digital communication.

COFDM

Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing.

Coil

One or more spiral turns of a conductor.

Collimators

Align and line up rays.

Color Analyzers

Luminance and chromaticity measurement of color displays.

Colorimeters

measuring color brightness, hue, and saturation.

Colorimetry

measuring color brightness, hue, and saturation.

Color Meters

Measure color, illuminance and color temperature.

Comb Generators

a reference signal source outputing multiple harmonics of the input signal.

COMINT

COMmunications INTelligence

COMM

The transmission of data from one computer to another, or from one device to another. (sbc.webopedia.com)

Communication

The transmission of data from one computer to another, or from one device to another. (sbc.webopedia.com)

Communication Analyzers
Communication Protocol

set of rules governing the formatting and handling of communication systems.

Communications Test
CompactFlash

Flash technology storage that retains data without a battery.

CompactPCI

Compact PCI is designed to address the needs of industrial/embedded users who need the performance and functionality of PCI in a more rugged package.

Compact PCI

Compact PCI is designed to address the needs of industrial/embedded users who need the performance and functionality of PCI in a more rugged package.

CompactPCI Backplanes
CompactPCI Chassis

A metal frame that serves as the structural support for a CompactPCI bus. (sbc.webopedia.com)

CompactPCI Controllers
CompactPCI Digitizers
CompactPCI Express

electro-mechano interoperability with PXI Express.

Comparators

Contrast similar or divergent values.

Compatibility

works together with...

Compliance Test

The assurance of device compliance with specifically defined requirements.

Component

Testing of individual hardware or software components or groups of related components.

Component Analyzers
Component Test

A combination of two or more interrelated equipment (sets) arranged in a functional package to perform testing of particular components. (atis.org)

Component Testers
Component Video

Analog YPbPr video signal over two or more paths.

Composite Video

Picture only analog video made up of sync pulses, luminance and chrominance source signals.

Compressor

Reduce volume by pressing together.

Computed Tomography

use of X-rays or ultrasound to scab abd cross section an object.

Computer

Devices that accept and process data in accordance with a stored program, generating results. (atis.org)

Computer Aided Test

Computer Aided Test

Conditioners
Conductivity Meters

Measure units of siemens per metre.

Conduit

1) channel's liquids or solids. 2) means of protecting wire or wireless connections.

Confocal

imaging from light only of the scopic target.

Conformance

assures device performance within a specific range of requirements.

Connectors

dock multiple contact or data junctions.

Consultants

People who are experts in their fields and advise others.

Contactors

Electro mechano connection between the DUT and ATE interface board.

Contaminant
Contamination
Continuity

Test devices which measure shorts over a large amount of test points.

Continuity Test

Verification of a complete circuit.

Continuity Testers

Verify circuits by providing an audible or visible indication when a sufficiently low resistance is applied between input probes.

Continuous Wave

Wave having a constant amplitude and frequency.

Continuous Waveform

Wave having a constant amplitude and frequency.

Contour Projectors

Measure the profile of small flat objects or camparison check.

Control

Known value

Controllers

direct and or manage action.

Control Software
Converters

Change a form or value and shows or transforms it into a different scale or value.

Core Loss

inductor energy loss due to changing magnetic field.

Corona
COTS

Commercial off the shelf

Countermeasure

remove or mitigate a threat.

Counters

detect the number of events.

Countersurveillance

measures to discover and avoid surveillance.

Counter Surveillance

measures to discover and avoid surveillance.

Counter / Timers
Couplers

enable a signal to be used in another circuit.

Coupling Network

Inject RF disturbance signals.

CPLD

Complex programmable logic device.

CPU

Central Processing Unit. Computer components responible for executing processes. CPUs execute calculations, manipulate data, generate control signals, and store results.

Crate

Infrastructure housing for instrument cards typically containing a power supply, cooling fans and emi shielding.

Crawford Cells

transversal electromagnetic mode cells.

Crowdsourced

teams of people, exercising test regimes assuring application fulfillment.

CRT

Cathode Ray Tube

Crush

compress to point of destruction.

Cryogenic Probes
Crypto
Cryptography
Crystal Oscillators

A crystal or piezoelectric element which resonates at a precise frequency made from quartz, rubidium or ceramics.

CSA

Canadian Standards Association

CSP

Test connector assemblies that mate with the pads on an integrated circuit's chip size packaging.

CT

1) Current Transformer 2) Computed Tomography

C.T.

transfers accurately proportional levels of current to multiple circuits.

CT Test

measures insulation, excitation current, turns ratio, winding polarity saturation and/or winding resistance. Current Transformers

Current
Current Calibrators

An accurate current units of measure to facilitate comparison to and adjustment of instruments.

Current Clamps

measure AC or AC-DC amperage without contacting conductors.

Current Comparators
Current Detectors
Current Generators

Produce electric current.

Current Injection
Current Loggers
Current Meters

Measure current using either "Average responding" meters reading linear loads or "True RMS" meters measuring non linear loads.

Current Probes

measure AC or AC-DC amperage without contacting conductors.

Current Profilers

measure water current velocity across a range of depths.

Current Sensors

detect AC or DC electrical current.

Current Shunts

Resistors with known accurate values to measure current.

Current Sources
Current Transducers
Current Transformers

transfers accurately proportional levels of current to multiple circuits.

Current Transformer Test

measures insulation, excitation current, turns ratio, winding polarity saturation and/or winding resistance. Current Transformers

Current-Voltage

measure of current flow as a function of voltage.

Curve Tracers

curve tracers are pieces of electronic test equipment similar to an oscilloscope. They can not only test transistors and other devices but evaluate the functional specifications as well.

CW

Wave having a constant amplitude and frequency.

CW Lasers

Continuous wave lasers output energy in pulses lasting in duration >0.25s.