What is the storage depth?
Storage depth is a measure of how many sampling points an oscilloscope can store. If you need to capture a pulse string continuously, you need the oscilloscope to have enough memory to capture the entire event. The required storage depth, also known as record length, can be calculated by dividing the length of time to be captured by the sampling speed required to accurately reproduce the signal.
Capturing the effective trigger of the signal in the right position can usually reduce the storage capacity of the oscilloscope.
Storage depth is closely related to sampling speed. The depth of storage you need depends on the total time span to be measured and the required time resolution.
Modern oscilloscopes allow users to select record lengths to optimize the details of some operations.Analysis of a very stable sinusoidal signal requires only 500 points of record length;But to parse a complex stream of digital data, you need a million points or more of record length.
What kind of trigger do you need?
The trigger of the oscilloscope can synchronize the horizontal scanning of the signal at the right position, which determines whether the signal characteristic is clear or not. Trigger control buttons stabilize repeated waveforms and capture single waveforms.
Most users of universal oscilloscopes only use edge triggering, and you may find it useful to have other triggering capabilities in some applications. Especially for the fault search of new design products.Advanced triggering allows the event of interest to be isolated, making the most efficient use of sampling speed and storage depth.
Today there are many oscilloscopes with advanced triggering capabilities: you can trigger based on pulses defined by amplitude (such as short pulses), time-limited pulses (pulse width, narrow pulse, conversion rate, build/hold time), and pulses (logical trigger) described by logical state or graph.The combination of extended and regular triggering functions also helps to display video and other hard-to-catch signals, so advanced triggering capabilities provide a great deal of flexibility in setting up the test process and greatly simplify the job.
How many channels do you need?
The number of channels you need depends on your application. For the general economic fault - finding applications, the need is a dual - channel oscilloscope. However, if you want to observe the interrelationship of several analog signals, you will need a 4-channel oscilloscope. Many engineers working in analog and digital systems are also considering 4-channel oscilloscopes.A newer option, called a mixed-signal oscilloscope, combines the logic analyzer's channel counting and triggering capabilities with the oscilloscope's higher resolution into a single instrument with a time-dependent display.