Logic Analyzer Recommendations
glen.slick at gmail.com
Sat Oct 15 11:02:21 CDT 2005
Is your budget $400 or $4000? If you really meant $4000 you can get
some nice used equipment for that. I don't have experience with
Tektronix, just HP / Agilent.
If you don't need something portable I like 16700A mainframes. Not
having a bult-in screen is a bonus in some ways in that if the
built-in screen fails on newer portables it might not be cost
effective to replace just the screen, plus with an external monitor
you can run up to 1600x1200 vs 800x600 on some built-in screens. Also
you should be able to find a 16700A without a built-in screen for a
lot cheaper than a 16702A with a built-in screen. For $4000 you could
get a 16700A fully loaded with something like (5x) 16715A modules
(167MHz state / 333 MHz timing / 2MSa / 68 channel each card). I
would much rather use a 16700A than a 16500B/C. One drawback of a
16700A compared to a 16500B/C is that the 16700A doesn't support the
older and cheaper 16532A scope and 16520A pattern gen modules, only
the newer and more expensive and harder to find 16533A/16534A scope
and 16522A pattern gen modules.
If your budget is $400 then you can't really go wrong with a 16500B
with a 16550A or a 16555A or two. Yes they are older and big and
heavy, but they are built pretty tough and there are enough of them
out there that finding donor mainframes for parts if necessary should
Just my $0.02 worth.
(If you're interested in a 16700A/003 loaded with 16712A and 16715A
modules and pods sets for less than $4000 send me mail offlist).
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