Portable oscilloscopes are otherwise known as handheld oscilloscopes. They are typically used for on site contractor maintenance and either in the industrial or electronic field.
If you need to move your oscilloscope around to many locations or from bench to bench in your lab, then the portable oscilloscope would be ideal for you.
Advantages of a Portable Oscilloscope:
- Easy to Use
- Turn On and Off Quickly
What is an Oscilloscope?
An Oscilloscope is an instrument that is used as a graph displaying device of an electrical signal. The graph will show how signals change over time. The vertical (Y) axis represents voltage and the horizontal (X) axis represents time. The horizontal sweeps at a constant rate. The (Z) axis, although not that common, can display brightness or intensity of the display. With a proper transducer, an oscilloscope can measure just about anything. A transducer is a device that creates an electrical signal in response to physical stimuli such as, sound, pressure, light, heat, etc.
When graphing a signal, what do you want to find out?
- The time and voltage value of a signal
- The frequency of an oscillating signal
- How much of a signal is direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC)
- How much of the signal is noise and if the noise is changing over time
- To see the “moving parts” of a circuit represented by the signal
- To tell if a malfunctioning component is distracting the signal
Oscilloscopes come in many different versions
If the recording of a waveform is required, a digital scope will be applicable. If you need to see the waveform in real time, or to see the original intensity an analog scope would better suit that requirement. The higher the input signal frequency is, the higher the bandwidth that will be required. If you do not have the appropriate amount of bandwidth, you risk the possibility of not getting accurate results.
- Mixed signal
- PC based versions
If there is doubt about the amount of bandwidth that is required, then you should go the next step up. The bandwidth can usually be calculated by this formula: BANDWIDTH = (0.35 / rise time of the signal)
The higher the sampling rate, the more accurate and precise the captured waveform is. As the sampling rate increases, it allows for more samples a captured waveform has, for any given period of time.
In almost every electric application, including lab use, research and development, and product development there is a need for an oscilloscope to provide waveform analysis.
Here is the best guide we can recommend on getting to know everything about oscilloscopes. This is the XYZs of oscilloscopes by Tektronix. It has 64 pages packed with information. Click the picture below to download.
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