Electronic Test and Measurement Topics

Topics beginning with "F"
Face
Failure Analysis

examination of faults, determine root cause and recommend corrective actions.

Failure Analyzer

The examination of faults, determination of a failure's cause (root cause), and recommendation of corrective actions.

Faraday Cages

a space surrounded by an electromagnetic radiation barrier

Far-Field

Antenna under test (AUT) measurements in the radiation zone (far zone).

Far InfraRed

15-1,000 µm

Fast Ethernet

Data transfer rate of 100 Mbps throughput local area network.

Fast Fourier Transform

Fast Fourier Transform

Fat

the most efficient form of animal energy storage.

Fault Finders

Determine the location of faults.

Fault Indicators
Fault Location

Determine the location of faults.

Fault Locators

Determine the location of faults.

Fault Recorders

log events and disturbances.

Fax

Facsimile machine requirements, interoperability and performance testing.

FCC

Federal Communications Commission

FDDI

100 megabits per second fiber optic local area network

Femtosecond

one quadrillionth of a second.

Ferrite Clamps

Measure radiated emissions of cables.

FET

Rely on an electric field to control the shape and channel of a charge carrier in a semiconductor material.

FF

Antenna under test (AUT) measurements in the radiation zone (far zone).

FFT

Fast Fourier Transform

FFT Spectrum Analyzers
FIB

Focused Ion Beam

Fiber Couplers

Split or connect light from fibers.

Fiber Distributed Data Interface

100 megabits per second fiber optic local area network

Fiber Identifiers

Pinpoint a particular fiber.

Fiber Loopbacks

create a loop to test fiber optic I/O.

Fiber Optic

Field of optic fiber application.

Fiber Optic Converters
Fiber Optic Gyros

measure very precisley the rotation rate of a device.

Fiber Optic Meters

Measure the optical strength of light in a fiber.

Fiber Optic Microscopes

Reveal quality of fiber end faces, splices and connectors.

Fiber Optic Multiplexers

Process multiple optical signals into one single optical signal.

Fiberoptics

Field of optic fiber application.

Fiber Optic Switching
Fiber Optic Test
Fiberscopes

flexible fiber optic bundle with eyepiece and lens that allows for visual inspection in confined areas.

Fibre Channel

Data transfer interface with speeds up to 2 Gigabit per second that maps to common transport protocols, i.e. IP and SCSI.

Fibre Optical

Field of optic fiber application.

Fibre Optics

Field of optic fiber application.

Fieldbus

An all-digital, serial, two-way communications system that interconnects measurement and control instrumentation such as sensors, actuators and controllers.

Field Effect Transistor

Rely on an electric field to control the shape and channel of a charge carrier in a semiconductor material.

Filters

Electronic circuits which refine signal by blocking certain frequencies, while allowing other frequencies to pass.

Fine Pitch

Fine Pitch Probes range from 0.25 mm to 0.50 mm pitch. They are suitable for sockets and contactors with high pin count.

FIR

15-1,000 µm

Fired Weapon

acoustic localization of gunfire

Firewall

Deny or permit network traffic based upon inspection to a set of rules.

FireWire

FireWire is a high speed serial databus as defined by IEEE 1394.

Fish
Fixed Attenuators

Fix the degree of attenuation.

Fixtures

orient and afix UUT.

Fixturing

orient and afix UUT.

Flammability

the facility to burn.

Flash Memory

retains data absent of power.

FlexRay

Protocol with data rate of 10Mbit/sec on two channels resulting in a rate up to 20Mbit/sec.

Flexure

action is to bend (flex).

Flicker

a short moment of waning.

Flicker Analyzers
Flightline

service area for aircraft.

Flight Line

Service area for aircraft.

FLIR

Forward looking infrared focal plane array detector.

Flowmeters

measure the movement of fluid or gas.

Flow Meters

Measure the movement of fluid or gas.

Fluence

The incident of EMR on a surface.

Fluid

freely flowing substance.

Fluid Level
Fluorescence

Absorbed light emission.

Fluxmeters

measure magnetic field density, strength, moment and polarization.

Flying Probes

multiple probes move robotically to contact integrated circuits, printed circuit and SMT boards.

FM

Amplitude remains constant as frequency is varied, Frequency Modulation.

FM/AM Generators
Focused Ion Beam

A scanning electron microscope with the electron source replaced by a gallium ion gun. Used for fault analysis and modification of modern microchips and semiconductor devices. (http://www.empa.ch)

FOG

measure very precisley the rotation rate of a device.

Food

edible nutriment.

Foot Strap

Ground a person to prevent ESD damage. 2) Check on electrical shock resistance.

Footwear

Ground a person to prevent ESD damage. 2) Check on electrical shock resistance.

Force Transducers
Forward Looking Infrared

Forward looking infrared focal plane array detector.

Fourier Transform

Mathematically converts a time domain into a function of frequency and their amplitudes.

Four Point Probes

measure semiconductor resistivity.

FPGA

Field Programmable Gate Array

FRA

Analyze a circuit's or system's response to different frequencies.

Frame Grabbers

Digitize and record a single frame of video information.

Frame Relay
Frameworks

provide structure to the DNA of a build while fomenting collaborative development.

Frequency

number of times waves occur per unit time.

Frequency Analyzers

Demodulates sound into basic frequencies for analysis.

Frequency Counters

An electronic instrument or circuit that displays the frequency of an incoming signal. The frequency is determined by comparing the signal to the counter's time base oscillator.

Frequency Generators

Generate repeating electronic signals.

Frequency Meters

Meters that measure the number of cycles or events per unit time

Frequency Response Analyzers

Analyze a circuit's or system's response to different frequencies.

Frequency Sources

A stable oscillator used for frequency calibration or reference. (atis.org)

Frequency Standards

Devices that produce a known frequency.

Frequency Synthesizers

Generate programmable or a preprogrammed set of stable and precise frequencies.

Frequency to Voltage Converters

A device which cleans AC Sinewave signals from an AC source.

FTIR

Fourier transform infrared.

FT-IR

Fourier transform infrared.

FTP

1) Foiled Twisted Pair 2) File Transfer Protocol.

FTTx

Fiber to the x is a generic term describing the local last mile of optic fiber.

Full Bridges

A Wheatstone bridge circuit having four active arms.

Functional ATE

Automated application specific testing system.

Functional Test

black box type testing via interface level inputs and resulting output analysis.

Function Generators

produce repeating sawtooth, sine, square, or triangle waveforms.

F/V Converters

A device which cleans AC Sinewave signals from an AC source.