Playing with high end oscilloscope

Playing with an oscilloscope you’ll (probably) never own article tells that Hackaday staff were really jealous when [Shahriar] a video he made, in which he casually explains how a $500,000 160GS/s 62GHz oscilloscope works and then starts playing with it. Looked interesting do I thought to link it to my blog as well.

Experiments and Demo of an Agilent DSA-X 96204Q 160GS/s 62GHz Oscilloscope article video demos the world’s fastest oscilloscope! The unit demoed in this video is equipped with all available options and is valued at over 0.5 million US dollars. The block diagram of various sub-systems of the oscilloscope are presented and the principle operation of the instrument is explained.

This is a really fancy oscilloscope. That fastest scopes I have had my hand on have had few GHz bandwidth.

1 Comment

  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Here is article on other end of oscilloscope spectrum:

    The scope…from Hell!

    What I asked for was a general purpose 5GSa/s 1GHz four-channel bench scope. What I got was a 1GSa/s 100MHz two-channel. Still, it is somewhat usable, and less expensive than a fancy temperature-controlled soldering station. But it has bugs – many bugs.

    I have been negotiating with the manufacturer to get a firmware update to fix these bugs. After five months, no results. This scope has been designed to accept firmware updates. Good planning. It needs them – desperately. (“Ship now and fix the bugs later. We have a schedule to keep!”)


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