XYZs of Oscilloscopes
Oscilloscopes are indispensable tools for anyone designing, manufacturing or repairing electronic equipment. In today’s fast-paced world, engineers need the best tools available to solve their measurement challenges quickly and accurately. As the eyes of the engineer, oscilloscopes are the key to meeting today’s demanding measurement challenges. The usefulness of an oscilloscope is not limited to the world of electronics. With the proper sensor, an oscilloscope can measure all kinds of phenomena. A sensor is a device that creates an electrical signal in response to physical stimuli, such as sound, mechanical stress, pressure, light, or heat. A microphone is a sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. Figure 1 shows an example of scientific data that can be gathered by an oscilloscope.