The PicoScope 2105 scopes are handheld oscilloscope probes that hook up via a USB 1.0 or 2.0 port, and only need free PicoScope software to work on any laptop or desktop PC. They can display signals from 100mV to 20V, and equivalent time sampling enhances the sample rate for measuring continuous signals. They have a large 24k sample buffer and fast 100MS/s sampling. Drivers are available for situations such as C, VB, Delphi, LabView, and VEE. An entry-level version of the scope, the PicoScope 2104, is also available.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.