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DSO Nano v2.0 Puts An Oscilloscope in Your Pocket

by Paul Strauss
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Boy, I can remember when an oscilloscope was an unwieldy box with a vector screen, which required significant desktop space  – and cost at least a few hundred bucks. Now, thanks to modern technology, you can get an oscilloscope that’s so compact, you can throw it in your pocket or backpack.

dso_nano_pocket_oscilloscope

Measuring in at only 3.74″ (W) x 2.44″ (H) x 0.51″ (D), and weighing  just 76 grams, the DSO Nano v2.0 is a portable oscilloscope, designed for use in simple electronic engineering work. The compact gadget runs on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor, and displays signals on a color 320×240 display. Here’s a grab of the screen interface:

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The DSO Nano v2.0 comes with portable probes, as well as a signal generator. It runs on a  rechargeable battery pack, and can capture and play back waveforms on a microSD card. If you’ve got the patience to sit through a 24 minute video, here’s an instructional demo of the scope I found over on YouTube.

You can get your hands on the DSO Nano v2.0 over at seeed studio for just $89 (USD). If you need a 4-channel scope, keep an eye out for their new DSO Quad – currently running Beta software – which sells for $159.

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