Digital oscilloscopes of today come with several specifications regarding their performance and abilities. Some of these specifications such as bandwidth, memory depth, and sample rate are well-known and their benefits are well understood. However, there are other equally important yet often less understood specifications, such as acquisition rate and blind time. In many oscilloscope applications, these two specifications are critical.
This application note provides a practical introduction to these specifications, explains their importance in oscilloscope applications, and aims to help the reader better understand these concepts.