Typically an oscilloscope visualizes signals in an 8x10 grid. The acquisition of the signals can be continously triggered or untriggered. The typical oscilloscope capabilities like immediate monitor refresh, XY-Display, online mathematics, mask tests, eye diagrams, norm- or auto-trigger or even the detection of spikes between measurement cycles are also available on the AD3000 system.
Fast signal edges can be shown with higher intensity so that it looks like a typical analog oscilloscope display.
Due to the immense trigger capabilities and the very big memory of up to 2 Gigabyte per channel the AD3000 is predestined of the acquisition of transients. The memory can be split into segments with free definable pre- and post-trigger ranges which allows an almost gapless acquisition of transient events. Each segment has its own start and trigger timestamp. The gap between two subsequent segments is only 40 ns!. Events which are acquired can already be displayed while the measurement is still running.
Measurement data can be acquired continuously. While acquiring, the data can already be visualized in the GUI and if necessary used for calculations and mathematics. In addition, while the acquisition is running stored data can already be analyzed and documented. Internal HW allows realtime calculation of the data.
If equipped with the 14 channel digital module the AD3000 system can be used as a logical analyzer. The typical functionalities like definable signal level, free trigger patterns or the composition of several signals to a signal bus are not missing.
The time correlation between digital and analog signals is always guaranteed. The flexible Software enables the simultaneous view of analog and digital signals with a correct timing correlation.
If equipped with a hard disk streaming module the data from all other channels on the card can be directly written to external hard disks. This direct streaming is done via an serial ATA interface to ensure full streaming of all data independent from any Windows or backplane driver bottleneck.
Three independent hard disks can be connected to the streaming module, to spend a hard disk for each channel. This avoids the sharing of data transfer between channels which is common for other systems.