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USB oscilloscope said to offer ease-of-use and affordability
30 May 2007, Test & Measurement

Logica Technologies is offering the CleverScope CS328A, a high performance USB oscilloscope that the company says offers numerous advantages not generally available in standalone oscilloscopes.

Figure 1. The CleverScope CS328A
Figure 1. The CleverScope CS328A

The innovative CleverScope combines a high level of performance with affordability and extreme ease of use.

By using the PC as an integral part of its user interface, the CleverScope not only offers high resolution images and convenient keyboard and mouse control, but also seamlessly integrates scope measurements into the information environment. Using its intuitive user interface, it is very easy to capture signals, do math operations and to document the results with labels and comments. Results can also easily be saved and printed or shared with others via local area networks or the Internet.

The CleverScope offers freely movable and resizable windows that include signal, zoomed signal, spectrum analysis and control panel views. Zoomed signals can be set to track the signal cursor. All signal views include scales and labelled division marks. Horizontal and vertical cursors values and offsets are also displayed to aid measurements and documentation.

The real power of the CleverScope lies in its acquisition system, however. It is available in versions with sampling resolutions of 10, 12 and 14 bits. This high resolution eliminates the 'jaggies' or staircase effect commonly found in normal oscilloscopes with 8 bit samplers. The high resolution also provides an increased dynamic range, that is 64X (or 36 dB) better than provided by 8 bit samplers. The increased range and decreased noise floor is especially useful when doing spectral analysis and when making precision analog measurements.

Acquisition speed is a full 100 MSa/s and equivalent-time-sampling is supported. The system is equipped with an extremely deep memory buffer of up to 8 Mega samples per channel. This deep buffer allows the full speed of the unit to be realised, even when taking long measurements. The deep memory buffer can easily be scrolled and zoomed and is very useful in finding elusive anomalies in complex signals.

The full scale analog input range varies from 20 mV to 400 V. Hardware input offset voltage scaling is provided in the range -25 V to +25 V in 10 mV increments, allowing accurate measurement of small signals super-imposed on large DC offsets.

The CleverScope is further complemented by an optional built in 10 MHz signal generator and 8 ch digital input sampler. The signal generator makes it easy to characterise the transfer function of systems, such as analog amplifiers, filters and others. The digital sampler is synchronised with the analog sampler and samples at up to 100 MSa/s.

Supplied By: Logica Technologies
Tel: +27 12 654 4174
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