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If we really want to get the most out of our oscilloscopes, we'd be remiss in overlooking the documentation capabilities that modern instruments provide. It's so important to document our working sessions so they're consistent and repeatable. Oscilloscope setups can be quite intricate for a given measurement or procedure. Why not let the instrument help us keep track of such things?   Figure l: A LabNotebook entry quickly and easily saves everything you need to later replicate your measu ...
Triggering is one of the most basic, yet most useful, tools your oscilloscope offers you. Say you want to see what led up to, and/or what follows, a trigger condition. You're looking at an interesting waveform such as that shown in Figure 1. You have the trigger's delay position set at 10% and 90%.   Figure 1: Pre-triggering, or trigger delay, is a useful tool for debugging applications     But now you want to change the horizontal time base setting, and when you do, that trig ...
Today's real-time digital oscilloscopes are easier to use than their predecessors, and new models get easier all the time. Oscilloscopes often are equipped with touch screens and elaborate user interfaces that provide a plethora of shortcuts and smartphone-like touch gestures that make common operations extremely fast and easy.   Figure 1: Oscilloscope UIs such as Teledyne LeCroy's MAUI provide tons of shortcuts and touch gestures   For example, Teledyne LeCroy's oscilloscopes with ...
Figure 1: Choosing a effective sample rate is key to seeing the finer details of a waveform     Today's real-time digital oscilloscopes are so packed with bells and whistles (or "features," if you prefer) that you can forget how to use many of them. In fact, you might not even realize some exist! But they're all there for a reason, and they're all useful, maybe even more so than you know. To that end, we'll take a tour of a typical Teledyne LeCroy oscilloscope's features and give you ...