Reading Datasheets Made Easy

Reading DatasheetsEvery electronic device always comes with a manual. It’s important to understand what these manuals say not only to learn how to operate the device but also to find out how you’re going to troubleshoot it should the need arise.

Some manuals are specialized and detailed. They’re called datasheets. As they’re usually technical and jargon-filled, reading and understanding them can be difficult and frustrating. Some examples are the repair manuals of vehicles and guidebooks of computers, such as Cisco SFP-10g-LRM datasheets.

Fortunately, some ways can make reading datasheets a whole lot easier.

Check the Table of Contents

It may sound like a piece of no-brainer advice, but it really helps. The table of contents gives you a picture of what to expect on the manual. It shows you the scope of the manual, so in case what you’re looking for isn’t there, you won’t have to flip through the pages and waste time.

Don’t Skip the Diagram

Oftentimes, some readers skip going over the diagram, thinking they’re unimportant. You have to check it, as it lists the device’s parts, functions, and their locations. Note that sometimes, diagrams are simplified. If they’re illustrated in lines and icons, they’re called schematics. There should be legends that will help you understand this type of diagram.

Look at the Glossary of Terms

While reading the datasheet, you’ll inevitably encounter words and concepts that you haven’t heard before. When faced with this dilemma, there’s a jargon-buster that will come to your aid — the glossary of terms. They’re usually found in the last section of the handbook. Some manuals, however, have footnotes that list the terms instead of a glossary.

Datasheets can be complicated, but it’s important that you read them. Take note of the new terms and concepts you’ve learned along the way. If you’ve reached that point of extreme frustration, don’t hesitate to consult someone who has the technical know-how.