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DS1000Z Counter Technical Details

Last Updated: Feb 02, 2016 01:58PM PST
Technical description of the DS1000Z frequency Counter
Basic specifications:
- Counter sampling rate is fixed at 250 MSa/sec
- Hysteresis level (defined further below) is ~1 division on the smallest vertical ranges (< 5 mV) and about 0.3 divisions (with Noise Reject Off) ir 0.7 divisions (with Noise Reject on) in higher vertical scales (>- 5mV).
Further Details:
DS1000Z digitize the sampling data, and using Hysteresis comparator to make the trigger stable

Schematic diagram of DS1000Z Hysteresis comparator when using rising edge trigger
1. The red part won’t be counted when using hysteresis comparator, because it doesn’t achieve the range.
2. The triangle in the diagram is the sampling data after digitization, we can see it by setting dot type in display menu.
3.The sample rate of DS1000Z counter is 250MSa/s (this is same with different model). When higher speed input signal is connected, the ‘peak’ may not achieve the range of hysteresis or the signal may be too undersampled to be properly measured, so the counter’s value can be incorrect.
4. The range of hysteresis will change with vertical scale, so when input a low signal, we need to set the vertical scale lower for best results.
5. It’s also important to adjust the trigger level to the middle of the signal so that more ‘peaks’ can be counted beyond the hysteresis level.
Examples using dots display mode for clarity:

Input:50MHz/500mVpp sine wave,Vertical Scale:100mV,Trigger Level:0V 

Input:50MHz/500mVpp sine wave,Vertical Scale:500mV,Trigger Level:0V

Input:50MHz/200mVpp sine wave,Vertical Scale:100mV,Trigger Level:0V

Input:50MHz/125mVpp sine wave,Vertical Scale:100mV,Trigger Level:0V

Input:50MHz/110mVpp,Vertical Scale:100mV,Trigger Level:0V,AUTO

High speed distortion in vector mode:

The high speed signal will distortion with 250MSa/s sample rate

The Frequency measurement in the measurement menu for each channel is software based, but can sometimes be more accurate because it utilizes the displayed data to make the calculation. The displayed data can be up to 1 GSa/sec making some high frequency measurements easier.
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