$300 Digital Oscilloscope


I can’t vouch for this oscilloscope because I have not tried it, but at $300, I’m impressed by its feature set. When I was an engineer in the 1980s an oscilloscope that could do all this cost thousands of dollars.

These newest instruments achieved the quality, speed and functionality of world leading brands, yet sold for the fraction of the price. ADS series of oscilloscope feature 25 – 300 MHz bandwidth, 2- 4 channels with a 500M – 2GSa/s sample rates as well as a 7 inch color TFT-LCD screen. Models marked with the letter M in the model number offer huge amounts of memory up to 10Mpts. All devices in the series come with USB and some with the additional LAN interfaces, allowing control of the device from the PC, as well easy flash storage support.

32 Automatic measurements functions don’t just make these devices smart but also functional. For example, these oscilloscopes can detect the peak and average values of a waveform and store as much as 5000 waveform points on each channel. Besides peak and average the list of automatic measurement functions includes: Vpp, Vmax, Vmin, Vamp, Vtop, Vbase, Cmean, Mean, Vrms, Crms, ROVShoot, FOVShoot, RPREShoot, FPREShoot, Freq, Period, Rise time, Fall Time, +Width, -Width, +Duty, – Duty, BWid, Phase, FRR, FRF, FFR, FFF, LRR, LRF, LFR and LFF.

These smart oscilloscopes could be utilized for electronic circuit debugging, design and manufacturing, maintenance and testing, circuit testing, education and training. More information can be found at www.tmatlantic.com

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Mark Frauenfelder is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Make: magazine, and the founder of the popular Boing Boing blog.

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