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Switching to higher bandwidth oscilloscope

Posted: 22 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:oscilloscope? bandwidth? test equipment?

When purchasing an oscilloscope to test new designs, the primary performance specification that most engineers consider first is the scope's bandwidth. Another key consideration is always price. Unfortunately, there is a fairly linear relationship between these two characteristics of a scope; bandwidth and price. Since most of us must work within constrained capital equipment budgets, engineers tend to purchase test equipment that has just enough performance to meet their current needs. But with each new design-start, performance requirements often increase in order to stay competitive and to deliver newer, faster, and more feature-rich smart products that customers demand. So how do we determine how much bandwidth is required for today's projects, and when do we know when it is time to "move up"?

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Originally published by Agilent Technologies Inc. at as "When it is Time to Transition to a Higher Bandwidth Oscilloscope?".

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