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21 Feb 2015


by Tomasz Ostrowski @ tomeko.net:

Extremely cheap low-speed PC/USB oscilloscope with STM32 (STM32F042) microcontroller.

Announced in January 2014 Cortex-M0 microcontroller family that features crystal-less USB FS device allows to cut noticeable part of BOM when building oscilloscope/recorder similar to miniscope v2c/v2d. STM32F042F devices are interesting in particular because of small and friendly TSSOP20 package with minimum number or power lines.

STM32F042F4 devices feature USB bootloader (DFU), single 1MSps ADC (so single channel sampling would be preferred to avoid crosstalk issues), 16 kB FLASH memory (~2 times more than needed) and 6 kB RAM.

Miniscope v2e – STM32F042 Oscilloscope - [Link]

17 Feb 2015


by elektor.com:

Pico Technology has announced that its 3000D Series oscilloscopes launched in October last year now offer deeper memory. This comes on the back of last November’s release of beta drivers for Mac OS X and Linux operating systems for their range of oscilloscopes and data loggers adding to the existing Windows driver. This makes them suitable for use with the BeagleBone Black and Raspberry Pi development boards.

All scopes in this range feature deep memory, allowing high sampling rates to be maintained even at slower sweep speeds for capturing long waveforms in fine detail. Sampling at 1 Gsample/s it can capture a 500 msec waveform (half a billion samples) while hardware acceleration takes care of smooth display updating.

PicoScopes with Deeper Memory - [Link]

11 Feb 2015


The high definition (HD) mode increases the vertical resolution of the R&S RTO and R&S RTE oscilloscopes to up to 16 bits – a 256-fold improvement over 8-bit resolution. Waveforms are sharper and show signal details that would otherwise be masked by noise. Users benefit from even more precise analysis results.

High definition describes the capability of R&S RTO and R&S RTE oscilloscopes to work with applications for which a high vertical resolution is essential. This is especially the case when low-voltage components on a signal that also exhibits high-voltage components need to be analyzed in detail. One example is the characterization of switch mode power supplies. The voltages across the switching device must be determined during the off and on times within the same acquisition. Because the voltage variations during these switching cycles can be several hundred volts, a high resolution is essential for the precise measurement of small voltage components.

High definition oscilloscopes from Rohde & Schwarz: signal analysis with 16-bit vertical resolution - [Link]

1 Feb 2015

In this episode Shahriar does an extensive review and teardown of the Keysight (Agilent) MSO-S Series 10-bit 20GS/s Oscilloscope. This scope supports bandwidths up to 8GHz and 400M points of memory per channel. With hardware 10-bit ADCs as well as an ultra low-noise front-end, this scope offers an impressive dynamic range on all four channels. All scope features are software upgradable.

The teardown consists of a close look at the acquisition board and the system blocks diagram. Various elements such as the ADC structure, FPGAs, memory and the time-base are all examines. The scope offers a +/-12ppb time-base with a 100fs jitter noise floor. Some basic performance measurements are also presented such as noise and SFDR.

The wireless experiment shows the performance of the scope in demodulating very low-power signals on an RF carrier. A -75dBm 2.5GHs QPSK signal can be demodulated by the scope. The instrument can also demodulate a 16QAM signal in presence of an interfering signal which is 44dB higher in signal power. All demodulation experiments are performed using the Keysight VSA.

The backplane experiments demonstrate the scope’s capability to perform jitter and noise analysis on multi-gigabit serial links. The built-in equalization software suites are used to find the FFE coefficients and those coefficients are used to perform hardware equalization in an FPGA communication link.

Review, Teardown and Experiments with a Keysight MSO-S Series 10-bit 20GS/s Oscilloscope - [Link]

26 Jan 2015

by mjlorton @ youtube.com

In this video I explain how a spectrum analyser (Tektronix MDO3000) can be used to view signals in the frequency domain vs an oscilloscope’s time domain.
I give an overview of the logarithmic scale and its benefits vs a linear scale.
I explain how compound wave forms like square and triangle are made up of harmonics.
I do a practical demonstration of how the spectrum analyser works with some example signals. I then show how this can also be done on an oscilloscope using the FFT (fast Fourier transform) maths function.

Spectrum Analyzer, Scope and FFT looking at Signals - [Link]

20 Jan 2015

Dave reviews the new Rigol DS1054Z Oscilloscope. Is this US$399 marvel really the best value budget oscilloscope on the market?

EEVblog #703 – Rigol DS1054Z Oscilloscope Review Summary - [Link]

16 Jan 2015


by tnkrmnz @ instructables.com:

Edison-Scope, is an Intel Edison controlled 200 Msa/S mixed signal oscilloscope. It provides an Operating System agnostic method to control the MSO-28 oscilloscope. By leveraging the web browser on the modern smart devices, one can control USB based hardware traditionally requires a desktop OS. Conceptually this project is very similar to the PiMSO project, but the similarity exist only on the client side. The server side was rewritten using Node.js. Node.js provided a more device independent solution to the server side of the WebMSO project.

Intel Edison Oscilloscope - [Link]

13 Jan 2015


Rohde & Schwarz designed the new 200 MHz models of the R&S RTM oscilloscope especially for universities and educational institutions. The education mode was developed for test and measurement practica and makes it possible to disable all analysis tools (e.g. Autoset and QuickMeas) and automatic measurements. This improves the learning effect as students and learners have to calculate measurement results on their own. The mode is password-protected and available for the other bandwidth models of the R&S RTM family as well.

The R&S RTM is also ideal for general T&M applications in development, manufacturing and service. Using the R&S RTM-B200, -B201 and -B202 bandwidth upgrade options, the 200 MHz models can grow with future requirements and be expanded to 500 MHz. The new R&S RTM-K32 digital voltmeter option enables the R&S RTM to measure various values such as AC, DC, peak and crest factor with three-digit accuracy regardless of the oscilloscope’s triggering. A seven-digit frequency counter has also been integrated into the scope.

200 MHz bandwidth, education mode, digital voltmeter and frequency counter added to R&S RTM bench oscilloscope - [Link]

10 Jan 2015

The new Keysight/Agilent 3000T Oscilloscope is released today, and Dave has a world first review of it.
It’s a replacement for the existing 3000A X-Series, and is essentially the same in many ways, so only the differences are
covered in this video.

A lot of features from the 4000 X-Series have filtered down, and some things are now standard.
How does it compare to the Tektronix MDO3000?

EEVblog #701 – Keysight 3000T Oscilloscope Review - [Link]

8 Dec 2014

Dave dissects and then powers up the Tektronix TDS220 oscilloscope used in the Mud Run. Did it survive?

EEVblog #690 – TDS220 Oscilloscope Autopsy - [Link]





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