ESC Boston 2017 featured numerous oscilloscope exhibits for debugging analog and digital circuits in embedded systems and IoT.
ESC Boston 2017 took place last week at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the city's waterfront area. If you haven't been to the area in a while — even as little as a year — you'll be stunned by the new construction going on. Inside the BCEC, engineers gathered for the Embedded Systems Conference and Exhibition.
Several test-equipment companies exhibited their wares. While oscilloscopes dominated, other bench instruments are visible: multimeters, spectrum analysers, signal sources, and even VNAs. The increase in RF equipment was noticeable this year. I attribute that to more and more embedded systems using wireless connectivity. Here's what we saw.
Pico Technology exhibited its USB oscilloscopes, including the 4444 differential oscilloscope. The 4444 gives you four differential channels for when you need to measure signals that can't connect the oscilloscope to ground. It has 20-MHz bandwidth, 256 Msamples of waveform memory, and can operate in 12-bit or 14-bit vertical resolution.
Rigol Technologies exhibited its mixed-signal oscilloscopes, meters, and spectrum analyzers.
Rigol Technologies DSA382 spectrum analyzer
Rigol Technologies MSO1104 mixed-signal oscilloscope. See EDN's hands-on review of the MSO1102, the two-channel version of the MSO1104.
Rohde & Schwarz was at ESC Boston with mixed-signal benchtop oscilloscopes, handheld oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and vector-signal generators.
Siglent Technologies showed its mixed-signal oscilloscopes and DMMs.
Siglent SDS1202X-E digital oscilloscope. See a hands-on review of the SDS1102CML by Jack Gnassle at embedded.com.
Siglent DM3065X 6½-digit multimeter.
Tektronix recently entered the vector-network analyzer (VNA) market with the TTR500, which connects to a PC over a USB link. The company also showed its RSA306B spectrum analyzer (bottom).
TTR500 VNA (top), RSA506B spectrum analyzer (bottom), from Tektronix.
Teledyne LeCroy exhibited mixed-signal oscilloscopes such as the HDO6104, as well as products from its protocol-analyzer group.
Teledyne LeCroy 12-bit oscilloscope, model HDO6104A-MS 12-bit mixed signal oscilloscope.
Teledyne LeCroy T3-8 PCI Protocol analyzer.
There was more to ESC Boston than products. On opening day (May 3), Max Maxfield, also known as Max the Magnificent and formerly known as "Designus Maximus," gave a presentation on future technologies and how they are changing (and will change) our lives. Here's Max discussing sensory overload.