The Autonerdz DSO
Sample Rate Calculator
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Input the three values and press the calculate button.
You may choose whatever units you wish from the drop down menus.
Please keep in mind that this calculator does not calculate PicoScope performance in streaming mode correctly
It will grossly under report the actual performance
The above Java Applet illustrates the relationship between signal frequency and sample rate.
You can see for yourself why sample rate is so important.
Note how the signal distorts and aliases when there is not enough sample rate for the signal frequency.
This is a demonstration of the Nyquist Limit.
You must sample a signal least 2x signal frequency or aliasing will occur.
A DSO without adequate sample rate will do exactly the same thing as shown here.
True sample rate is the single most important thing to consider when choosing a DSO.
Thanks to The Brown University Exploratories project for this applet.
Viewing requires a real version of Java. The primitive and crippled version that comes in Windows may not work.
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