Oscilloscope fundamentals - Primer

Oscillooscope fundamentals - Primer

The oscilloscope is arguably one of the most powerful tools ever created for use by electronic engineers. In the over five decades since the creation of the modern analog oscilloscope, hundreds of useful documents and thousands of articles have been written about it, how it works, how to use it and application-specific examples of oscilloscopes in action. So, this primer will focus on digital oscilloscopes, which have replaced their analog predecessors in the vast majority of applications.

This document provides a short description of the oscilloscope’s origins, its transition from analog to digital, types of digital oscilloscopes and their major subsystems, key benchmark specifications and measurements.

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