MSO-9212 Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes
$1799
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MSO-9212 Mixed Signal Analyzer with Windows software

The MSO-9212 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope combines the features of a digital oscilloscope and a logic analyzer in an integrated, easy-to-use package. The instrument offers 1 GSa/s for single shot sampling or 50 GSa/s for repetitive signals. The MSO-9212 has 14 channels: 2 digital storage oscilloscope channels and 12 logic analyzer channels. All channels are fully synchronized; each can store up to 2 Mpt. The MSO-9212 has advanced triggering with options, such as: Rising/Falling edge, pulse width and count, 12 bit Logic, I2C and SPI. The portable scope connects to a PC via USB. The advantage of an MSO is having time-aligned analog and digital inputs displayed on the same screen. The advantage of an MSO is having time-aligned analog and digital inputs displayed on the same screen, so having one instrument is more powerful than two separate instruments. Gain more insight into your circuits.


Overview


MSO-9212: Time-Synchronized Oscilloscope and Logic Analyzer Inputs

Oscilloscope software

All 14 channels are sampled simultaneously and displayed together. Analog and digital waveforms are acquired with the same sample clock to assure accurate time correlation between the two. Even by cabling two individual instruments together, one would still not be able to obtain samples within 2 ns of each other, and the triggering would not be as tightly coupled as with a single unit.

oscilloscope software

The Logic Analyzer display can show individual pulse width and frequency information.


High-Speed Sampling

Fast 1 GSa/s ADCs allow the MSO-9212 to acquire and resolve events as narrow as 1 ns on the DSO channels. The MSO can also simultaneously sample at 500MSa/S across all 14 inputs (2 DSO+12LA). 50 GSa/s (20 pS) sampling resolution is available in RIS (Random Interleave Sampling) mode. On the opposite end of the timebase spectrum, the MSO can sample at 1 Sa/S, which equates to 2,097,152 seconds, over 524 hours, or 24.27 days per acquisition.

The MSO-9212 has an external clock input that is used primarily when doing logic analysis, but it is also useful when doing mixed signal analysis or even pure DSO work. With an analog bandwidth of 200 MHz and 50 GSa/s, the MSO-9212 is the new performance leader in its price range. By fully utilizing high-speed USB communications and variable size acquisition buffer, the MSO-9212 can be adjusted to provide fast screen updates and a very responsive analog oscilloscope-like experience.


Deep Acquisition Memory

A vast amount of data can be captured in the large acquisition buffer. The 2 Mpt buffer allows at high-speed samples and captures of long traces. Other instruments with short memory buffers force users to degrade their sample rates and thus lower their bandwidth. For example, if one needed to capture a 100 us event using a 1 GSa/s scope with a 2.5k buffer, they would reduce your sample rate to 40 MSa/s, or at best a bandwidth of 10 MHz! The MSO-9212 would enable a 100 us event to be sampled at 20 GSa/s.

"The big buffer really saved me. With my last oscilloscope I always had to balance recording time and time per division. With Link's scope I can record at the fast sampling rate and still see the entire event." Bob Mitchell, consultant. (Beta Tester)


QuadVue® Display

There are often many points of interest that are scattered throughout the buffer.

QuadVue® provides four independent timing windows that allow users to view the entire buffer while simultaneously focusing on details, so there is no need to constantly pan and zoom.

Each window can display a unique timebase while showing any or all channels.

For quick analysis, one can superimpose the current data over the mathematically operated and history memory data.

quadvue

In this example, four timing windows are being displayed: Window 1 shows the entire buffer; Window 2 shows a zoomed in section around the trigger (red cursor) event; Windows 3 and 4 show a unique part of the waveform and are zoomed differently.


Link's Windows-Based Oscilloscope Software Takes Advantage of a Computer's Large Color Screen

dual monitors

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? Our software will also work with dual-monitor PCs.  Imagine having a 30" wide trace window!


Spectrum Analyzer / FFT

The dual channel FFT has controls for FFT windows, FFT types, FFT resolutions, frequency range filters, peak holds, and Min/max envelopes.

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.

FFT data can be saved to a disk and exported to other programs such as Excel, Mathcad, etc.

fft

This example shows use of FFT averaging to identify and reduce noise.


XY Oscilloscope Plot

xy plot

Waveform Measurements

A powerful suite of over 40 measurements is available. The measurements can be performed on an incoming waveform, a stored waveform or a mathematically processed waveform. The data cursors can be used to define a subset of data to be measured.

measurement

SPI Decoding

The MSO-9212 can display and decode SPI bus protocols, as well as trigger on them. Up to 3 SPI buses can be decoded simultaneously. SPI decode window.

SPI debugging

Decoded SPI data and timing waveform display.

SPI 2

I2C Decoding

The MSO-9212 can display and decode I2C serial bus protocols, as well as trigger on them. I2C signals can also be viewed as timing waveforms or in a statelist-style display.

I2C

Simple Operation


Data Averaging for Increased Accuracy

Trace data can be averaged over many captures to reduce noise and increase accuracy. The average can be saved to memory, logged to disk or reset after a specific number of captures.


Automatic storage

To save time, waveforms can be automatically datalogged to a PC. Data can be stored after each capture or according to the results of pulse measurements.


PC Speed Does Not Significantly Affect the Performance of Our Instruments

All of the high-speed acquisition is done with the MSO hardware; the speed of a PC is not a factor.  The PC is simply used for the display and user interface. If a PC is fast enough and has enough memory to run Windows well, it will also run our products well.

The instrument has high-speed samplers and buffers. It can acquire information at up to 1 GSa/s and stores the data in its own two MegaSample data buffers. When these buffers are full, the data is transferred to the PC.


Software Libraries

The optional DLL library allows users to write custom software to control the instrument. The library works with Visual Studio, LabView and Matlab.


Channel History is Better Than Persistence Mode.

The oscilloscope can automatically save and display up to 30 previous captures. Each capture will be color-coded, and the oldest ones will fade away.
In this shot, the blue trace represents the current capture. The yellow traces are the 30 most recent captures. The older history traces fade to black.

channel history

Cross Triggering

The MSO-9212 can trigger on a signal in either the digital or analog domain. In the analog domain, triggering can be done using a rising or falling edge. Other analog domain triggering features are pulse width and pulse count.

One of the benefits of pulse width triggering is that it can detect glitches. Digital domain triggering can use either a 12-bit wide digital word or the advanced serial trigger (I2C and SPI bus protocols).



Specifications


Timebase
MSO-9212
MSO-9201w/LAPOD
MSO-9201

Rate (single shot)

1 GSa/s... 5Sa/s 
(1 GSa/s mode is only available in single channel mode)
1 ns / sample to 5s / sample 

1 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling

500 MSa/s... 5Sa/s 


2 ns / sample to 5s/sample

2 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling

500 MSa/s... 5Sa/s


2 ns / sample to 5s/sample

2 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling


Rate (Repetitive)

50 GSa/s...1 GSa/s

20 GSa/s...1 GSa/s

20 GSa/s...1 GSa/s


Resolution

1 ns

2 ns

2 ns


Accuracy

+/- 0.01%


Skew

< 2 ns


Inputs

DSO channels

2

2

2


Logic Analyzer channels

12

12

0


Oscilloscope (Analog)

Bandwidth

200 MHz


Gain Range
(per division)
full scale = 10 divisions

BNC or Probe (1X)
 Voltage per division: 5 mV to 2 V
Full scale voltage: 50 mV to 20 V

Probe (10X)
Voltage per division: 50 mV to 20 V
Full scale voltage: 500 mV to 200 V

Probe (100X)
Voltage per division: 500 mV to 200 V
Full scale voltage: 5,000 mV to 2,000 V


Max Input Voltage
max input voltage at probe tip depends on probe type (1x, 10x, 100x, etc.)

BNC or Probe (1X)
Continuous: ± 50 V DC
Transient: ± 100 V DC

Probe (10X)
Continuous: ± 500 V DC
Transient: ± 1,000 V DC

Probe (100X)
Continuous: ± 5,000 V DC
Transient: ± 10,000 V DC


Vertical Resolution

8 bits/ch


Vertical Range

10 divisions


Offset Range

± 5 divisions


Offset Resolution

0.04 division increments


Coupling

AC, DC and Ground


Impedance

1 MΩ // 15pF


DC Accuracy

± 2%


A/D

Dual 8 bit


Logic Analyzer (Digital)

Impedance

100K ohm || 2pF


Sensitivity

<500 mv


Max. input voltage

± 50 V DC (±100 V DC transient)


Bandwidth

150 MHz


Threshold voltage

+6V to -2V(Adjustable in 0.1 V increments)


Memory

Buffer size

2 Mpt
(2 Million points/channel)

512 Kpt
(512 thousand points/channel)

512 Kpt
(512 thousand points/channel)


Trigger

Type

Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside
I2C
SPI
12 bit wide Logic Analyzer

Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside
I2C
SPI
12 bit wide Logic Analyzer

Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside


External trigger input

Any of the digital inputs can be used as an external trigger.


External trigger output

Yes


Mode

Auto, Normal and Single.


Autosetup

Yes


Range (vertical)

10 divisions


Resolution

0.04 division increments


Software

Windows 
Win 10,
Win 8.1,
Win 8,
Win 7-32,
Win 7-64,
Vista 32,
Vista 64,
XP,
2 K

Yes


Spectrum Analysis/FFT

Yes


XY Plot

Yes


Math

Yes


Advanced Math

Yes


Data Logging
(based on pass/fail test)
(on every capture)

Yes


Physical

Interface

USB


Probes

Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes, LA wire harness and 16 LA clips are included.

Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes, LA wire harness and 16 LA clips are included.

Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes.


Connectors

BNC: 3 total: 2 input and trig-out
LA Pod: 12
USB
Power:  12V 1A input


Calibration point

Yes


Power Requirements

12 V at 1 A (Typical)
The MSO ships with a power supply rated from 100-240 V and 47-63 Hz. It has a U.S. style wall connector.  International customers will need a plug conversion adapter


Dimensions

Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Logic pod: 4.25" x 3.87" x 0.87"
Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"

Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Logic pod: 4.25" x 3.87" x 0.87"
Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"

Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"


Part Number
Description
Price

MSO-9212
MSO-9212
(includes: probes, logic pod, wires, clips, power supply, USB cable)
$1799Buy Now

MSO-9201 wLA
MSO-9201
(includes: probes, logic pod, wires, clips, power supply, USB cable)
$1100Buy Now

MSO-9201
MSO-9201
(includes: probes, power supply, USB cable)
$950Buy Now

Accessories

DSO-probe-dif-kit2
10x/100x Differential Probe
(includes: probe, power supply, clips and carrying case)
$375

DSO-PROBE-X100
100x Probe 
(100 MHz, 2 meters)
$72

P-PROBE-P300
1x/10x Probe
(300 MHz)
$55

LX-08
8Ch High Voltage Opto Isolator
$199

MSO-92-CLIPS-WIRES
Wire harness + standard clips
(includes: 1 Wire harness and 16 Clips)
$50

LA-NANOCLIPS-11
11 Nano-clips
$119

LA-NANOCLIPS-4
4 Nano-clips
$49

MSO-92-DLL
DLL Library
$300