NorthTree Associates Announces the OWON XSA1015-TG Spectrum Analyzer

The OWON XSA1015-TG Spectrum Analyzer is an economical spectrum analyzer which has the features of a high-end spectrum analyzer at a lower cost.

For those who either have a limited budget or are working as a hobbyist, the OWON XSA1015-TG Spectrum Analyzer is a good alternative to a high-end, expensive spectrum analyzer. The XSA1015-TG supports frequency range of 9kHz up to a 1.5GHz. It also has an intuitive user-friendly large 10.4-inch screen which displays real-time data in an easy to read fashion. The minimum resolution bandwidth of 10Hz, can easily distinguish the weak frequency gap. The OWON XSA1015-TG has a -150dBm displayed average noise level which assures that the unit will not interfere with the actual data and can observe a weaker signal. The XSA1015-TG provides EMI pre-compatibility capabilities to accurately test and diagnose electromagnetic interference.

Overview:

– Frequency Range from 9kHz up to 1.5GHz

– 150dBm Displayed Average Noise Level

– Phase Noise -85dBc/Hz @1Gz and offset at 10KHz

– Total Amplitude Accuracy <1.5dB – 10Hz Minimum Resolution Bandwidth (RBW)

– EMI Pre-compliance Test Kit

– 1.5 GHz Tracking Generator Kit

– 10.4 inches display

Established in 1990, OWON is based in China, specializing in the manufacture of oscilloscopes, waveform generators, multimeters, programmable DC power supplies, and spectrum analyzers. These capable instruments are distributed to customers in the aerospace, automotive, communication, defense, electrical, and education industries in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Founded in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American Master Distributor for OWON oscilloscopes, multimeters, spectrum analyzers, waveform generators, and programmable power supplies. NorthTree Associates provides unique OWON Electronic Test & Measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers.

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NorthTree Associates Announces OWON SDS1022 SE Economical Digital Oscilloscope

The OWON SDS1022 SE Super Economical Digital Storage Oscilloscope is the most economical version of the OWON SDS Deep Memory Digital Storage Oscilloscopes.

For those who either have a limited budget or don’t require all the full features, the OWON SDS1022 SE Economical Oscilloscope is a good alternative. The SDS1022 SE Oscilloscope features 2 channels, up to 100MS/s real-time sample rates, maximum 20MHz bandwidth, and a 7 inch color LCD screen with 800×600 resolution. The SDS1022 SE Oscilloscope offers a 10K record length per channel of memory, SCPI supported, and a 3-year warranty.

Main Features:

– Bandwidth: 20MHz

– Sample rate: 100MS/s

– 10K record length

– Ultra-thin body

– 7 inch High-Def TFT display

SDS1022 SE Oscilloscopes have a front side USB CI design outlet for easier access connectivity. A large 7 inch high resolution display provides a better waveform view for the user. In addition to better viewing of waveforms, the OWON SDS1022 SE has a user-friendly interface with a simple, clear menu that will get the results needed to evaluate a signal. Other viewing functions include a windows extension to observe abnormal signals throughout a full waveform, and a snapshot view of 30 auto-measurements.

The OWON SDS Smart Series Oscilloscopes are 2 channel digital storage oscilloscopes with up to 3.2GS/s real-time sample rate, up to 300MHz bandwidth, and an 8 inch color TFT-LCD screen with 800×600 resolution.  They offer a 10M record length per channel of memory, USB flash storage support, and a 3-year warranty. These units are supplied with two passive probes that are switchable between 1:1 and 10:1 input ratio. Also included are a USB cable, AC power cord, user manual, and a software CD-ROM.  All accessories have a one year warranty.  There is a battery option for operating away from 110V – great for field use!

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American Master Distributor for OWON oscilloscopes, multimeters, spectrum analyzers, waveform generators, and programmable power supplies. NorthTree Associates provides unique OWON Electronic Test & Measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE DETAILS AND TO PURCHASE

Review Of OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Handheld Digital Storage Oscilloscope

If you’re looking for a cheap oscilloscope option, this isn’t really it (but, in reality, it is pretty affordable), considering the full set of features it boasts, the OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Handheld Digital Storage Oscilloscopes are great handheld oscilloscope options for both the professional and the hobbyist.

The HDS Series features a 20 MHz bandwidth, which provides a sample rate of 100 MS/s. The results are detailed waveforms on both channels, especially compared to less expensive handheld units with lower sample rates. If detail and power are important to you in a handheld product, this is the oscilloscope for you.

Another huge feature of the HDS Series oscilloscopes working in its favor is the fact that it has 2 digital channels, something many other handheld units just don’t have.

The OWON HDS Series oscilloscopes feature many of the same built-in functions that the OWON benchtop units have, such as automated measurements like peak-to-peak, period and frequency, as well as math formulae like FFT, subtract, multiply, etc. You can manually adjust the range or you can opt to use the handy auto-range feature.

The screen is a 3.7 inch across color LCD version which provides an easy to view readout. It has a rechargeable battery and charger, and it has USB plugin functionality, which allows a user to connect it to your PC and download and print stored waveform data. It even includes a durable carrying case.

Drawbacks? Only a few. Overall, the ‘fit and finish’ could be a bit better on the unit, as it’s mostly plastic. The readout screen isn’t bad, but it could be brighter and if it is used in a darker situation, it may require an auxiliary light source. Basically, the features are all there, but the unit might not be the most durable. Considering it has the features of products that are 3 times more expensive, it is a justifiable trade-off in terms of durability.

OWON HDS Series 2-Channel Digital Portable / Handheld Oscilloscopes: Perceived Trade Offs:

After review of this blog, no doubt the reader has noticed a strong correlation between the price tag of the OWON HDS Series oscilloscopes and the features.

Primarily, there is a strong correlation between the bandwidth / sample rate and the price, as well as the number of channels available.

To a lesser degree, the user interface and ease of use also play a role in price.

A user should always consider trying to get the higher bandwidth wherever possible. The lower the bandwidth, the less powerful and useful your device will become.

With OWON HDS Series Handheld oscilloscopes, there’s an even greater jump in price with additional features. That is the cost associated with miniaturization.

To summarize, think of it like this: If a user is a hobbyist, the need is where no more than a couple hundred dollars on your scope should be spent. If the user is a professional, it should be expected to have a standard budget range of anywhere between $250.00 and $5000.00.

In other words, the pricing is directly correlated to the strength and features of handheld and benchtop oscilloscopes.

Established in 1990, OWON is based in China, specializing in the manufacture of oscilloscopes, waveform generators, multimeters, and programmable DC power supplies. These capable instruments are distributed to customers in the aerospace, automotive, communication, defense, electrical, and education industries in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor that provides unique electronic test & measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. Visit our online store to review and purchase OWON HDS Series Handheld Oscilloscopes – www.northtreeassociates.com

 

NorthTree Associates Announces New OWON XDM Series Benchtop Digital Multimeters

NorthTree Associates introduces the OWON XDM Series of Benchtop Multimeters. These powerful OWON multimeters come in two versions: XDM3041 which has a 4.5 digital resolution and the XDM3051 which has a 5.5 digital resolution. Both are designed for when a simple handheld multimeter doesn’t have enough capabilities for a user to view a reading in enough detail. (CLICK HERE to see specifications)

The OWON XDM series benchtop multimeters have a 4 inches LCD screen display, 480*320 pixels high resolution, 4.5 or 5.5 digit display accuracy (200000 counts in max). To add to the strength of these units, each XDM multimeter has up to 150 readings per second measurement speed. Also included are True RMS AC voltage/current measurement, smart voice-reading accessibility where the value can be read out, and support for Wi-Fi control through the use of a smart phone.

Operational modes include a data-logger mode which provides a user the ability to record, view, and analyze trends in readings. Users can set up the record interval (5ms in minimum) and max number of readings (1M points for internal storage, 10M points for USB Flash Disk). Data measured by the OWON XDM benchtop multimeter will be recorded and gathered into a trend chart, which makes it easy for users to view data statistics. Readings available are: bar meter, trend chart, and a histogram display for a convenient view. The OWON XDM benchtop multimeters have a dual display capability, 1GB internal memory, and support for external Flash Disk storage. Interfaces include USB Device, USB host, and LAN. A SCPI programming manual is provided, which enables remote control and is compatible with popular multimeter commands list.

In addition to representing the OWON XDM Series Benchtop Multimeters, NorthTree Associates also represents other product lines from OWON. These product lines include the customizable XDS Series n-in-1 Multi-Function Oscilloscopes, MSO Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes, HDS Series Handheld Oscilloscopes, Multimeters, AG-S Arbitrary Waveform Generators, and DC Power Supplies.

Established in 1990, OWON is based in China, specializing in the manufacture of oscilloscopes, waveform generators, multimeters, and programmable DC power supplies. These capable instruments are distributed to customers in the aerospace, automotive, communication, defense, electrical, and education industries in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor that provides unique electronic test & measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers.

10 Features of The OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope Will Help You Build The Oscilloscope You Need

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The XDS Series of Oscilloscopes is the latest product release from OWON. With 12‐bit resolution, the XDS series offers the best solution for those who need to measure small signals or be able to read details from a large signal. Highly suitable for Medical, Automotive, Power Supply, and more.

Here are 10 Reasons Why The OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope Will Be Your Next Oscilloscope:

  1. Large Touch Screen

OWON XDS Oscilloscopes have a generous 8 inch, 800×600 pixels resolution capacitance multi-point touch screen. The operation patterns are the same as the mobile version. Most other oscilloscopes on the market are using a resistance screen, which isn’t as user-friendly in this era of touch screen gadgets and tools.

  1. Signal Generator Module

The XDS Series Oscilloscopes has the option of 25MHz arbitrary waveform signal generator – in a single or dual channel option. When using the dual channel option, each channel is totally isolated. With the 8-bit models (XDS3102/XDS3202) a user has the additional option of choosing 50MHz signal generator.

  1. Multimeter Module

With a 4000 count multimeter module option, the OWON XDS Oscilloscope is not like other oscilloscopes which have simple voltage measurement function multimeters. The XDS Oscilloscope employs a real multimeter module. It has the capabilities to measure the voltage, current, resistance, and capacitance of a signal(s).

  1. 12-bits vertical resolution

OWON XDS Oscilloscopes use 12-bit hardware ADC. When an 8-bit ADC oscilloscope extends its waveform to a more detailed shape, the shape will become distorted. This is caused by quantizing noise. When using a 12-bit unit, distortion does not occur. The XDS Oscilloscope with 12-bits ADC has 16 times the vertical resolution than an 8-bit oscilloscope. Thus, a smaller signal can be viewed more clearly.

  1. Communications Interface

XDS Series Oscilloscopes have USB, LAN, VGA, AV and Wi-Fi interfaces for communication.

OWON has introduced its Wi-Fi Module with the release of the XDS Series Oscilloscopes. The Wi-Fi Module has 2 modes: Wi-Fi AP and Wi-Fi STA. Wi-Fi AP is to make the oscilloscope act as a hot spot. A user can use a mobile device or computer to connect to the oscilloscope. This will allow a user to access and use the software inside a mobile device/computer to control and monitor the oscilloscope. When the oscilloscope is set to Wi-Fi STA, it allows the oscilloscope to connect with a router, making it accessible on the same local area network as a user’s computer. In this situation, one computer can control and have access to multiple oscilloscopes at the same time.

  1. Battery

The XDS has the option to purchase a battery to make it portable in use. It contains 13200mA power, which lasts about 4 hours. Easy to install and remove. The float measurement is possible continuously supported while the unit is being powered by the battery. It also prevents the channels from ground disturbance(s).

  1. Low Base Noise

The Base Noise of the OWON XDS is extremely low. When it is at 1mV/div position, the base noise is only 50μV or so. The lower the base noise, the better and more accurately a small signal is represented.

  1. Deep Record Length

With an extremely deep 40M record length, the XDS Oscilloscope can capture more data one time than most other oscilloscopes on the market.

  1. High Waveform Refresh Rate

With a fast 75,000 wfms/s high waveform refresh rate, the OWON XDS Oscilloscope easily captures abnormal signals or rare events.

  1. Data Logger

The XDS Oscilloscope comes with 1ppm frequency stability to make it more accurate in data logging. Other oscilloscopes on the market only come with a 50ppm or 100ppm capability reading.

OWON XDS Series Oscilloscopes come with the OWON 3rd generation technology platform ‐ Xvisual, which advances the performance of the XDS series oscilloscopes over other oscilloscopes available. The new Xvisual platform consists of 3 parts: Low Base Noise, 40M Record Length, 75,000 wfms/s Refresh Rate. One of the main benefits of Xvisual is ease at which the measurement of small signals can be read, and the ability to fully restore the true status of signals.

The XDS Series Oscilloscope software, provides advanced trigger and protocol decoding functions to help engineers analyze bus protocols and quick positioning. The embedded Wi‐Fi module ensures computers and cell phones can share the display screen to view and control the oscilloscope. Users can also check and save waveform data via App. By saving data via the App, data can be shared between other users.

The optional capacitance touch screen has been designed to look and act similar to a Smartphone – thus being intuitive and easy to start using right out of the box.

Additionally, the OWON XDS is a complete mobile test station. It has incorporated the ultra‐thin design of the OWON SDS series oscilloscope, and has a battery option for portable use in the field. Besides the oscilloscope function, the OWON XDS also has function modules such as: a 25 MHz/50MHz single/dual channel(s) arbitrary waveform generator, a digital multimeter and a high precision data logger.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor for OWON oscilloscopes, waveform generators, and programmable power supplies. NorthTree Associates provides unique Electronic Test & Measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. www.northtreeassociates.com

NorthTree Associates Announces New OWON AG-S Series Waveform Generators

OWON AG-S Series Waveform Generator

NorthTree Associates introduces the economical OWON AG-S Series of Waveform Generators. These versatile waveform generators from OWON derive both function and arbitrary waveforms using Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) technology.

In using Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) technology, the new OWON AG-S Series Waveform Generators provide stable, precise, low-distortion signals from DC up to 150MHz, (depending upon model);  all with 14-bit vertical resolution. Included are standard functions (sine, square, pulse, and ramp), a noise output and a number of built-in arbitrary waveforms.  The Z out is adjustable from 50 Omega to ‘Hi-Z’, and in Hi-Z mode can output in excess of 20Vp-p; therefore a 7.07Vrms waveform can be achieved with plenty of adjustment headroom.

OWON designed the AG-S Series Waveform Generators with a user-friendly panel layout featuring a 3.9” TFT color LCD (480 x 320), the menu-driven controls are flexible and intuitive – all functions and parameters are within easy access, allowing users to quickly and easily produce the test signals they need. A useful integrated Help function shows descriptions of single functions and step-by-step instructions for operational tasks.

The AC low-frequency limit is 1μHz on all models; on all models except the AG4151 the lowest output level is 1mVp-p.  The frequency control on these units is good; for example, the AG1012 shows a ‘typical’ SSB phase noise of -100dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset (running at 10MHz). Also, depending upon the model, there are various I/O features available on the rear panel, but all include RS232 and USB (Host and Device); PC control via SCPI commands is supported for remote setting of the instrument’s parameters and output, and the PC’s display can synchronously reproduce the waveform generator’s screen image.

In addition to representing the OWON AG-S Series Waveform Generators, NorthTree Associates also represents other product lines from OWON. These product lines include the customizable XDS Series Multi-Function Oscilloscopes, MSO Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes, HDS Series Handheld Oscilloscopes, Multimeters, and DC Power Supplies.

Established in 1990, OWON is based in China, specializing in the manufacture of oscilloscopes, waveform generators, multimeters, and programmable DC power supplies. These capable instruments are distributed to customers in the aerospace, automotive, communication, defense, electrical, and education industries in more than 80 countries across the globe.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor that provides unique electronic test & measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. www.northtreeassociates.com

OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope Tech Review

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“Base Noise: The Oscilloscope Parameter Often Ignored.”

When it comes to the main parameters of oscilloscopes, bandwidth, sample rate, and recording length all come to mind. However, there is a parameter that is often ignored: Base Noise.

What is the Base Noise? Why it is so important? The following will explain what it is and why it shouldn’t be overlooked.

Base Noise refers to the “Baseline Noise”, which indicates the vertical noise in the transformation of a simulated front end and a digital end.

As an example, OWON looked at The Base Noise of an oscilloscope. In particular, we looked at the noise a waveform generated while the OWON oscilloscope was turning into its most sensitive vertical position. The range scale of Base Noise was determined by counting the SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio). The higher the value, the lower the interference. Thus, the lower Base Noise the signal contained.

How Base Noise influences measurement results:

With the rapid development and advancement of electronics technology, some processing chips are limited in their ability to generate mVs in power. The power ripple might be required at ±5% or even lower. If the Base Noise is very high, the real measured signal would be drowned in the Base Noise of the device, and engineers would then get a false reading. Therefore, Base Noise is very important when measuring small signals.

Since the Base Noise is so important. Why don’t oscilloscope manufacturers mention this?

The main reason: cost control. Most of middle to low end oscilloscopes in the market are designed for larger bandwidth or higher sample rate. Their processor chips are mostly used for overclock running, which causes the other components to overload while running. This then contributes to a large Base Noise effect. Oscilloscope manufacturers are not willing to expose their shortcoming, so a user is unable to learn of a particular oscilloscope brand’s Base Noise until put to use for their application.

OWON conducted a comparison of the Base Noise level of popular oscilloscope on market:

OWON - T

T Company’s oscilloscope on 1mV/div and 500us position.

(440uV Peak-Peak Voltage)

OWON - R

R brand popular oscilloscope on 1mV/div and 500us position.

(920uV Peak-Peak Voltage)

OWON - C

A Chinese brand 3000 series oscilloscope on 1mV/div and 500us position.

(467uV Peak-Peak Voltage)

OWON - O

Lilliput OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope on 1mV/div and 500us position. (380uV Peak-Peak Voltage)

Based on the oscilloscope comparison, most of middle end oscilloscopes had more than 500uV noise. The brand that consistently had the lowest Base Noise was the OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope. Their VPP value held on an average of 350uV. The OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope controlled Base Noise better than T Company’s most popular mid-range oscilloscope.

The OWON XDS Series Oscilloscope is the latest product release from OWON. With 12‐bit resolution, the XDS series offers the best solution for those who need to measure small signals or be able to read details from a large signal. Highly suitable for Medical, Automotive, Power Supply, and more.

OWON XDS series oscilloscopes come with the OWON 3rd generation technology platform ‐ Xvisual, which advances the performance of the XDS series oscilloscopes over other oscilloscopes available. The new Xvisual platform consists of 3 parts: Low Base Noise, 40M Record Length, 75,000 wfms/s Refresh Rate. One of the main benefits of Xvisual is ease at which the measurement of small signals can be read, and the ability to fully restore the true status of signals.

If you need an economical oscilloscope to measure small signals, the OWON XDS Series Oscilloscopes are your best choice.

Established in 2004, NorthTree Associates (Cologne, MN) is a North American distributor that provides unique electronic test & measurement tools for design engineers, test engineers and production engineers. www.northtreeassociates.com