The MSO-19 is our most versatile instrument. It can operate as a 2 GSa/s Oscilloscope, a 200 MSa/s Logic Analyzer, a 100 MSa/s Pattern Generator, and a TDR (Time Domain Reflectometer). All channels sample simultaneously at a max rate of 200 MSa/s.
The MSO is super small and is only $249 (including probe, clips, wires and software). The USB-powered Mixed Signal Oscilloscope connects to your computer via USB.
The MSO-19 was originally designed with the student and hobbyist budget in mind. The end result is an MSO that is packed with so much performance and quality, that it meets the requirements of the professional user. In fact, the MSO-19 was chosen by NASA for the International Space Station as the only oscilloscope on the orbital outpost.
The MSO-19 appeals to a large audience, including:
- An engineer that needs a 2GSa/s Mixed Signal Oscilloscope
- Field service technicians
- Field application engineers
- Someone that needs a small travel scope or logic analyzer
- Someone that needs a powerful trigger box to use with other instruments
MSO-19: Time synchronized Oscilloscope and Logic Analyzer inputs.
All 9 channels are sampled at the same time and are displayed together. This is better than separate instruments because the analog and digital waveforms are acquired with the same sample clock, assuring accurate time correlation between the two. Even if you went through the effort of cabling two individual instruments together, you would not be able to get the samples to within 5 ns of each other, nor would the triggering be so tightly coupled.
Since the software displays the oscilloscope and logic analyzer data on the same screen, it stays synchronized no matter how you scroll or zoom.
The Logic Analyzer display can show pulse width or frequency for individual pulses.
The MSO-19 can trigger on the Oscilloscope, Logic Analyzer, SPI or I2C inputs. All of the 9 inputs sample at the same time, and they are displayed together. Use the external trigger output to trigger other instruments.
Triggering options include:
- Trigger level rising edge
- Trigger level falling edge
- Pulse width and count
- 8 bit Logic Analyzer
High speed sampling is key to getting a good capture. You get an accurate capture of a 60 MHz signal with the 200 MSa/s single shot sample rate and 60 MHz bandwidth. With RIS mode sampling, you can capture even faster signals.
The FFT Spectrum Analyzer has controls for FFT window, FFT type, and FFT resolution.
The software also supports averaging, memory, and plot subtraction. This allows for a whole range of spectral analysis, including: frequency response analysis, power supply noise analysis, etc.
The maximum FFT frequency analysis is 100 MHz.
FFT data can be saved to disk and exported to other programs such as Excel, Mathcad, etc.
This example shows use of FFT averaging to identify and reduce noise.
The 100 Mpt/S pattern generator (Digital Word Generator) has many features not found on other pattern generators. Because it has shared pins with the Logic Analyzer, the pattern data can be tri-stated to create bidirectional bus signals.
Pattern generator options include:
- Output, manual start
- Output, synchronized start with MSO
- Output, controlled by MSO trigger (Analog, digital, I2C or SPI)
- Variable pattern length
- Pattern clock rate -- independent of LA clock
- Built-in data creation wizard and option to load data files
Standard waveform measurements are included and can be displayed on the screen right next to the traces.
Measurement results can be saved with the data files.
The MSO-19 can display and decode SPI and I2C serial bus protocols as well as trigger on them. SPI and I2C signals can also be viewed as timing waveforms and statelist style display.
- Installation is a snap.
- You're able to make measurements in no time.
- Simple controls make operation intuitive.
- Perform sophisticated operations that you couldn't even dream of
doing with a knob-based DSO.
- Save default setups to disk for easy recall at a future date.
- Screen shots can be pasted into documents and annotated in your
favorite image editing program.
- Data can be exported in "CSV" format to programs like Mathcad, Excel, Word, etc.
- You can paste screen images into your reports using programs
like Word, Excel, image editors, etc.
- Data can even be shared with other computers. You can capture data in the lab and view it in your office or e-mail it to other engineers at remote locations for analysis. You don't need to have our instrument connected to view a file..
Link's Windows-based oscilloscope software takes advantage of your computer's large color screen.
Stand-alone oscilloscope display screens represent a compromise at best. Few people would choose a 7" or 9" monitor as the screen for their PC. So why use a small monitor for an oscilloscope? Many people are now using dual monitor PC's - our software will work there also - Imagine having a 30" wide trace window.
All of the high speed acquisition is done with the MSO hardware. The speed of your PC is not a factor; the PC is used for display and for the user interface. If your PC is fast enough and has enough memory to run Windows well, it will run our products well also.
The instrument has high speed samplers and buffers. It can acquire at up to 1 GSa/s and stores the data in its own 2 MegaSample data buffers. When these buffers are full, everything is transferred to the PC.
|Rate (single shot)|| 200 MSa/s to 100Sa/s
5nS/sample to 10 mS/sample
50nS/division to 100 mS/division
|Rate (Repetitive)|| 2GSa/s and 1 GSa/s
5nS/division to 100nS/division
|Skew||< 5 ns|
|Inputs||1 DSO + 8 Logic Analyzer|
|Outputs||8 Pattern Generator|
|Trigger output||1 Trigger out (TTL)|
|Gain Range (per division)
full scale = 8 divisions
Voltage per division: 50 mV to 500 mV
Full scale voltage: 400 mV to 4V
Voltage per division: 500 mV to 5 V
Full scale voltage: 4V to 40 V
| Max Input Voltage
max input voltage at probe tip depends on probe type (1x or 10x)
Continuous: ± 20 V DC
Continuous: ± 200 V DC
|Vertical Range||8 divisions|
|Offset Range||± 4 divisions|
|Offset Resolution||12.5 mV|
|Coupling||AC and DC|
|Impedance||1 MΩ // 15pF|
|DC Accuracy||± 2%|
|Logic Analyzer (Digital)|
|Impedance||100K ohm || 2pF|
|Max. input voltage||+5.5 V DC|
|Threshold voltage||0.6V to 1.65 V (1.2, 1.5, 1.8,2.5,3.0, 3.3, 5.0 V Logic Families)|
|Trigger||Yes, 32 bit wide trigger word, Mode 0..3 supported|
|Trigger||Yes,32 bit wide trigger word|
(Digital word generator)
|Buffer Size||Max: 1023 points to 3 points|
|Arming control||Sync with MSO trigger, sync with MSO arm and manual start.|
|Loop control||Continuous and variable.|
|Code generation wizard||SPI, Counter, clock....|
|Output level||Max 3.3V. 6 software selectable levels.
(1.2, 1.5, 1.8,2.5,3.0, 3.3, 5.0 V Logic Families)
Current drive 14ma/pin
|Output impedance||100ohm with 100K ohm termination to Gnd
|Output control||Individual channel and sample by sample output enable.|
|Spectrum Analyzer (FFT)|
|Frequency range||0..100 MHz (with 3dB roll-off at 60 MHz)|
|Resolution:||0.098Hz to 195KHz depending on frequency range setting.|
|Window||Rectangular, Tapered Rectangular, Triangular, Hamming, Hanning, Flat top and Blackman-Harris.|
|Plot||Magnitude, Power Spectrum, Power Density, Real and Imaginary.|
|Zoom||Vertical and Horizontal.|
|Cursors and Measurements||2|
|Buffer Size||1000 points/channel|
|Type|| Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
8 bit wide Logic Analyzer
|External trigger input||Any of the digital inputs can be used as an external trigger.|
|External trigger out||Yes.|
|Mode||Auto, Normal and Single.|
|Range (vertical)||8 divisions.|
|Spectrum Analysis / FFT||Yes.|
|Probes||One 1x/10x switchable probe is included.|
|Connectors|| BNC: 2 total: Input and trigger-out
Logic Analyzer/Pattern Generator: 8
|Power Requirement||USB powered|
|Dimensions|| 4.0" x 2.4" x 0.8" (102mm x 61 mm x 20 mm)
2.5oz. (70g) (MSO only)
Shipping box: 9" x 6" x 2"
Shipping weight: 14oz.
(includes: MSO, oscilloscope probe, wire harness, logic analyzer clips, USB cable)
|USB Isolator||$100||UX-O1 USB Isolator
||C# library DLL library for Visual Studio .NET|
|10x/100x Differential Probe||$375
(includes: probe, power supply, clips and carrying case)
(100 MHz, 1.5 meter)
|Wire harness + standard clips||$45||MSO-19-WIRES-CLIPS|
|11 Nano-clips (Red or black)||$119||LA-NANOCLIPS-11|
|4 Nano-clips (Red or black)||$49||LA-NANOCLIPS-4|
BNC splitter and cable