Oscilloscope History and Milestones

Oscilloscope History and Milestones

Oscilloscopes have been invented in the 1920s. Up to now this instrument encountered many innovations.

Today the main players are Keysight, Tektronix and Teledyne LeCroy.

Read more at: http://www.oscopes.info/background/2265-oscilloscope-milestones


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:


    What could be more fun than building a miniature oscilloscope? Not one with an LCD screen, but a scope with a real live cathode ray tube just one inch in diameter. All the parts — including two 6AU6 vacuum tubes — will be housed in a 5” x 7” x 2” box.

    My inspiration came from the cover of a 1960 issue (Figure 1) of Popular Electronics.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    This oscilloscope made history! Used to design both Pong and the Apple II.

    USED TO LAUNCH THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION, TWICE: This oscilloscope was used to design Pong, the birth of the video game industry, and the Apple II, the first personal computer with hi-res color graphics. The present oscilloscope is a remarkable artifact, having played a critical role in launching two of the most consequential products in the history of the digital revolution. For more information, please visit manhattanrarebooks.com.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Claim: Analog has much finer tuning and can see anomaly easier.

    Paul Donovan I would say it depends. What you say can be true with some cheaper and older digital scope. But with high end digital scope you can tune it well, see anomalities easier and especially capture the anomalities when they happen. High end digital scope beats analog in anomaly hunting by a wide margin!
    Infinite persistence can becused to catch all the glitches for that period of time. The digital scope can also be setup to one shot mode capture and show only the glitch when it happens. Waveform is stored in memory for analysis future reference.


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