Stingray scope probe using the SmartScope-supplied
jumpers and grabbers. I’ve used my Stingray for years, and
it is a known entity to me that I could use to double-check
what the SmartScope was showing me. Also, while this
was not a head-to-head comparison of the Stingray and
the SmartScope, I thought utilizing both instruments in this
review would give me a useful fresh perspective on both
the traditional scope user interface and the more modern
UI that LabNation claims.
Figure 6 shows a SmartScope AWG waveform on the
Stingray display, complete with all the controls of a
In my checks, the SmartScope AWG seemed to be a
capable instrument, performing as expected and
offering a good set of features, including the ability
to define custom waveforms using .CSV files.
I found the user interface easy and intuitive, and
the manual (yes, I did glance at it!) easy to access
and follow. Once I had examined the AWG using my
Stingray scope, I switched to the SmartScope probe
and had another look. As shown in Figure 7, the
display was clean and uncluttered, and the scope
and AWG functions convenient to use together.
Now it was time to examine the SmartScope
logic analyzer function. I thought about writing
another Amigo Color BASIC code snippet to
generate several channels of logic pulses via
I connected the four digital generator pins of the
auxiliary connector to the pins for four channels of the
logic analyzer using the F/F jumpers, and quickly had my
next test up and running. Figure 8 shows the setup on the
SmartScope auxiliary port.
Figure 9 shows the results of this setup, with the
generator providing a train of sequential “one-hot” pulses
over the four channels. Several other pulse trains are
available from the generator, and the logic analyzer
provided a clean readable display of all of them, over the
range of the generator.
In Figure 9, I’ve pulled up the logic analyzer Decoder
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FIGURE 9. The SmartScope logic analyzer,
displaying one-hot pulse trains from the
onboard digital generator. I’ve activated the
Panorama feature at the top of the display.
FIGURE 8. Connecting the SmartScope
four-channel digital generator to the
logic analyzer, using the provided
FIGURE 7. Another look at the arbitrary
waveform generator; this time on the
SmartScope itself, running on my Mac. I found
the AWG easy to understand and use.