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The vertical resolution of a conventional oscilloscope is only 8 bits which equals 256 steps. If you need to see more details look for a scopes with a resolution of 12 bit (i.e. 4,096 steps). Read more...

 

 

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Digitizer and Oscilloscope - Equal Alternatives?

Spectrum digitizer as an alternative to an oscilloscopeCan a digitizer be used as an oscilloscope? What is the difference between an oscilloscope and a digitizer? Should I better use a digitizer or an oscilloscope in my next application? These are interesting questions and the best way to start to answer these is the look up the dictionary definition of an oscilloscope: "An electronic instrument used to measure changing electric voltages. It displays the waveforms of electric oscillations on a screen."

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Digital Debugging - better using a Mixed-Signal-Oscilloscope or a Logic Analyzer?

Tektronix mixed-signal oscilloscope MSOToday’s technology is fundamentally balanced on an increasingly fine line between the analogue and digital domains; as data speeds increase — both within and between devices — the ‘ideal world’ of fast, clean digital transitions becomes evermore difficult to achieve. This presents new and escalating challenges when verifying faster digital signals that exhibit more and more analogue-like features. As a result it is becoming necessary to remove the hard line between digital and analogue.

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