Friday, May 11, 2012
From: Dave Haupt
Subject: Club 465
Date: Monday, May 7, 2012, 1:40 PM
I work at Tektronix, in a group that designs, among other things, front-ends for our spectrum analyzers. In our lab full of gear, the most coveted scopes are the 465, the higher frequency 475 and the ultimate manifestation of the breed, the 2465 (four 350MHz channels). Yes, we have the more recent higher-frequency digitizing scopes in the lab, and for much of what we develop, we need the higher frequency and superior triggering capability. But for ease of use, confidence that what's on the screen is the real signal and not some processor's guess, those of us with more gray in our hair than any other color still have warm and fuzzy feelings toward a good analog scope.
What REALLY makes me stand still in my tracks is when I comment to someone at work that I have a 465 at home, and they reply, "Oh, yeah, I remember that design. I did the horizontal sweep circuit." Talk about standing in the shadows of history!
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