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What Types of Oscilloscopes Exist

When you start looking at all of the different options in the realm of oscilloscopes, you will see that you have a number of different choices. It is always a wise idea to make sure that you know at least a bit about the different types of scope before you choose one to use. After all, you do want to make sure that you are getting the right option for your needs. Here are some of the most common oscilloscopes that you will find on the market today.

Analogue Oscilloscopes – the analogue scopes, or CRT scopes, were the first real oscilloscopes. They have a cathode ray tube, a vertical amplifier, a horizontal amplifier, a timebase, and a power supply. The reason that they call these analogue scopes today is to help differentiate from the other scopes on the market, namely the digital scope. Some of the analogue scopes have an additional feature – direct view storage CRTs. This will allow the trace pattern to stay on the screen longer.

Current Probes & Clamps – the probes and clamps are some tools that you may well need to have for your oscilloscope depending on what you have. They are going to be able to attach right to your scope and have clamps so that you will be able to receive a signal easily. When you start looking for the probes and clamps, you will see that there are quite a few on the market today, so you will have to make sure that you are buying the right ones for your scope and your purposes.

Digital Oscilloscopes – digital oscilloscopes are quite popular today, as well. Instead of making use of the varying voltages, these are able to use binary numbers that match voltage samples. Most of the industries out there today prefer the digital type of oscilloscope. You can find many different types of digital oscilloscopes on the market, as well as some subtypes. The digital phosphor oscilloscope uses color information to provide information about a signal, for example.

Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes – these oscilloscopes have two different types of inputs. They will have a small number of analog channels, which is usually between two and four. They also have a much larger number of digital channels. They often have sixteen digital channels. These can be a good solution for those who may have different needs and uses for the device.