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Who needs a whole bag full of instruments just to do some debugging? Why can't your logic analyzer and your DSO be the same box? Well this new tool from Link instruments solves that problem. The MSO-28 is a 2GSa/s oscilloscope as well as a 200MSa/s logic analyzer. This combination does more than save space, though, because with all ten channels being sampled during the same clock you get accurate time correlation between logic and o-scope events. All channels on the instrument can be viewed simultaneously using the included software. Simply plug in the device, install the drivers and you're ready to do some serious troubleshooting. Also, at just 2.5oz, it's small and light enough to pack in your laptop case or tool bag.
The MSO-28 offers several different triggering options including adjustable rising and falling edge triggers, pulse width, logic triggers, even I2C and SPI trigger words. Also, because of the large buffer size and quick processor in the MSO-28, the speed of your computer won't significantly effect the performance of your instrument.
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Experienced - You will need to consult a datasheet for calculations to determine a components output format, linearity, and do a little math to get what you need. You will be using a datasheet or schematic beyond basic pinouts.
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Using this tool for development (bench work) and remote data collection down in production (trouble shooting). Running on Windows boxes, but you can get the SW to run on Linux and the Mac as well. It is very useful being able to dump a trace and then process it using Mathematica or Python without transferring the file. This makes it a very flexible tool for development. Previously, i was running around with thumbdrives and scopes. Now i can just bring the laptop and all my tools are in one place. The one downside is the GUI delay and refresh rate makes it a little hard to set the trigger. I would feel more comfortable with physical knobs, but that's just me being old and not flexible. So it's a preference issue. Once it was triggering, it was fine. Once it's set, you can save the setting and never fiddle with it again. Very happy with my purchase.