Electronic Test Equipment
- Agilent DSO1014A - Agilent page
- Price: ~$2000 USD (available from Agilent direct or from resellers like Newark)
- Bandwidth: 100MHz (other versions available, 200MHz is $400 more)
- Channels: 4
- I have one and I find it to be a nice scope, although I suspect the Rigol is just as good (for a fraction of the price).
- It appears to be a re-badged Rigol scope. http://mightyohm.com/blog/2009/11/agilent-dso1000-firmware-update-confirms-rigol-connection/
- Agilent Data Capture Software - screenshots and waveform data over USB - no more flash-drive sneakernet!
- Agilent IO Libraries - GPIB commands over USB, VESA stuff, etc.
- Rigol DS1052E - http://www.rigolna.com/products_ds1000d.aspx
- Price: $399 @ http://www.saelig.com/PSBEB100/PSPC016.htm
- Cheaper at other site, eg. DealExtreme
- Bandwidth: 50MHz (can be hacked for 100MHz?)
- Channels: 2
- There is a hack to enable 100MHz bandwidth, there is some outdated info here: http://mightyohm.com/blog/2010/03/rigol-ds1052e-50mhz-to-100mhz-scope-conversion/
- Dave Jones of EEVblog likes this one: http://www.alternatezone.com/eevblog/?p=6
There are some recommendations on the EEVBlog forums here: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=579.0
- Fluke 87V, I love mine: http://us.fluke.com/usen/Products/Fluke+80+Series+V.htm
- Fluke 8842A
- Giant collection of IC pinouts: http://www.kingswood-consulting.co.uk/giicm/
Test Equipment Manuals
It can be really frustrating to try to fix a piece of expensive test equipment without a manual. There are lots of sources for service manuals, both free and not-free. Here are some of the ones I have found. Please only contribute sites to the not-free section that you have actually done business with (and think deserve a link.)
- Agilent Manual Search - http://www.home.agilent.com/agilent/facet.jspx?lc=eng&cc=US&t=80039.k.1&pageMode=TM
- Mostly newer equipment.
- They also have an FTP site at ftp://ftp.agilent.com/pub/manuals/
- HP Archive manuals page - http://www.hparchive.com/hp_equipment.htm
- BAMA (BoatAnchor Manual Archive) - http://www2.faculty.sbc.edu/kgrimm/boatanchor/
- Various Scans of HP Manuals, etc. - http://www.kennethkuhn.com/hpmuseum/scans/
- Lots of military manuals for HP test equipment, I found an elusive manual here. — jeff 12/24/2010 20:56
- K7JRL manuals - http://www.k7jrl.com/pub/manuals/
- ElecktroTanya - Insanely hard to navigate, confusing website, but they seem to have a lot of manuals. Limit 2 per day for unregistered users. Mostly in Hungarian, use Google translate.
- KO4BB's Manuals Repository - http://www.ko4bb.com/manuals/
- ArtekMedia - http://www.artekmedia.com/
- HP, Agilent, Tek, others. I purchased a manual for an old, obscure HP power supply, and when I had problems opening the pdf they were extremely helpful (and created a new scan for me). Reasonable prices, very high quality scans. — jeff 12/24/2010 20:31