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Electronic waves and signals have become an indispensable part of our lives. Whether in the form of televisions, appliances, the internet, or the device you’re reading this article on, they accompany us through our everyday routines and often make them easier and more convenient.
However, a lot of work goes into the development of electronic devices that is almost invisible to consumers of the finished products. In the process of designing all the individual components that become part of the device, engineers have to be able to test electronic waves and signals individually and accurately to ascertain whether each element performs just as it should. Only then is high quality and long-lasting functionality guaranteed for the end user.
To complicate matters, electronic technology makes significant advances constantly, with electronic devices operating at ever-accelerating speeds. This results in most devices today using digital technologies at high-speed levels. This requires instruments specifically designed to successfully and accurately handle waves and signals at high frequencies and speeds.
Oscilloscopes are just such instruments. They are versatile tools, extremely useful for a wide range of tasks that arise during the design of electronic devices and when they are tested. They are essential for recording, displaying and evaluating electronic signals in order to determine the functionality of the device under test.
In case you were wondering whether a simple multimeter might do the job just as well – oscilloscopes exceed their capabilities by far. They allow you to peek straight into your device by making the electronic signals it emits visible, and perform complex operations to get best use out of the data gathered – which in turn for allows optimal decision making. In addition, they are often studier, more reliable and built for years of use; which means a refurbished oscilloscope will be able to give you accurate measurements even at a significantly lower price point.