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The Atten ADS1062CA is a dual channel digital storage oscilloscope capable of 1Gsamples a second, and an analog bandwidth of 60Mhz. An oscilloscope is a useful piece of equipment when we work on hardware. We use it to find optimal component values, watch reset pins on microcontrollers, or find the source of unwanted noise. See Make’s take on oscilloscopes.
The ADS1062CA was much more affordable at$325US with shipping, than an equivalent used model from a better known manufacturer. It has features similar to a Rigol DS1052e, and it uses the same Analog Devices Blackfin DSP and ADCs.
We picked this scope up on eBay, and it shipped directly from China. It came with two 60Mhz 1x/10x probes, manuals, software, USB cable, and a power cord for Asian outlets.
The control panel is in English, but the manual was only printed in Chinese. We learned the functions and settings through experimentation, and that gave the Atten a higher learning curve than expected. When first powered on the scope went directly to the setup menu, changing the language to English was very strait forward.
The features of the ADS1062CA include: math functions add, subtract, divide, multiply, FFT, triggering rising/falling edge, video, pulse, slope, averaging, the ability to save/print a bitmap of the display with a single press of a dedicated button, XY mode, automatic measurement and portability.
The large dials have indents to give feed back when adjusting the horizontal and vertical ranges. The smaller dials have a smooth motion. The auto setup feature is a little sluggish, but acceptable. The interface even has four themes.
Overall this is a good scope for its price range, we get lots of use out of it.