Description: An oscilloscope can be a very handy instrument to keep on your workbench and this GA1102CAL digital storage oscilloscope will help you take your circuit analysis and troubleshooting to the next level. This 2-channel, 100MHz digital scope has a 1G Sa/s real-time sampling rate and comes with everything you need to get up and running. Each of the two included probes features an attenuation switch which will limit the bandwidth to 10MHz. USB-host functionality allows the scope to save waveforms to any USB flashdrive and USB-device functionality (accessible via the USB-A port on the back) allows the scope to communicate with the included software so you can import waveforms and data to the computer as well as software-control the scope. The scope also supports PictBridge compatible printers. The 7" color TFT display and on-screen menu system make it easy to access all of the features of the scope.
Note: The cover of the user manual below is incorrect, it should say “GA1000 Series” instead of “ADS1000 Series.” We assure you that the user manual listed is correct.
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I regularly use a Tektronix TDS3000 series oscope at work. Engineers coming from a lab environment are going to find the speed and quality of the GA1102CAL to be subpar in comparison; but they’re also probably not footing the $5-10k price tag that comes with that class of scope.
Hobbyists or professionals looking for a scope to use at home will find that this basic scope is adequate for basic projects, such as monitoring bust activity, probing breadboard analog systems, digital clocks, etc. The memory depth is the crippling feature on this scope; don’t expect to capture and browse signals with this scope.
The accompanying software is of lower quality than the scope itself. Linux support isn’t provided and the application itself reminds me of running Windows 3.1 apps on later versions of Windows. But it provides access to the most common functions of the scope and allows you to see the scope’s LCD display on your screen in near-real time; certainly sufficient for home use.
Bottom line: you get what you pay for. Experienced engineers who don’t go in expecting the bells and whistles that are found on workplace bench scopes may be disappointed by the 40k memory depth, but hobbyists and budding engineers will find this more than adequate.