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Mixed-signal oscilloscopes

30 September 2009 Test & Measurement

LeCroy recently launched a new line of mixed-signal oscilloscopes, the MSO Xs-A series. The new MSO offers four analog and 18 digital channels with 10 Mpts/channel memory on all 22 channels simultaneously. The scope is available in 400 MHz, 600 MHz and 1 GHz analog bandwidth with a maximum digital input frequency of 250 MHz.

The processing power of the MSO Xs-A enables math, measurement and serial data decoding on long capture times. In addition, it includes advanced triggering capabilities which isolate and trigger on runt pulses, glitches or changes in slew rate. The event trigger permits arming the trigger on a specific event and triggering on a subsequent event. The touch screen interface is easy to use and simplifies setting up digital channel groupings and pattern triggers. Features such as WaveStream Fast Viewing Mode, WaveScan Search And Find, and serial data trigger and decode capabilities all combine to make the MSO Xs-A a powerful and flexible instrument.

The MSO Xs-A has a variety of tools to speed up and simplify the debugging process of embedded systems. Automated measurements can be used to analyse analog or digital channels while cursors can read out analog voltage and digital bus values simultaneously. The available I²C, SPI, UART, RS232, CAN, LIN and Digital Audio serial decode options provide colour-coded overlays of bus values, search capabilities and a tabular view of all bus traffic. These decodes can be used on digital lines to save the valuable analog channels for important analog sensor or power supply signals.

All MSO Xs-A oscilloscopes include high-impedance, low-capacitance passive probes and a digital lead set, but they also support a wide range of other probes for a variety of applications. High-impedance active probes like the ZS1000 and ZS1500 offer probe bandwidths up to 1,5 GHz, while differential probes like the ADP300 and ADP305 provide an easy way to probe switching power supplies. High-voltage passive probes up to 20 kV and current probes up to 500 A round out the line.



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