Hewlett-Packard puts DSOs in Windows 95

Hewlett-Packard puts DSOs in Windows 95
Jon Mainwaring A range of digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs), each incorporating a Pentium processor running Windows 95, has been launched by Hewlett-Packard. The 133MHz Pentium not only provides a Windows graphical user interface (GUI) but executes all the necessary signal processing apart from driving the scope’s display. The Windows 95 operating system was chosen following research which showed that engineers were frustrated at the time required to set up complex measurements using current DSOs. “We designed an instrument that ensures users’ time is not spent learning and relearning how to use their oscilloscopes,” said John Peckham, the product manager at HP. The GUI includes a help menu that shows, with step-by-step instructions, how to perform up to 24 complex procedures. An icon menu allows users to undertake measurements by clicking on an icon and dragging it to a section of the waveform they wish to measure. By including Windows 95 the scope, known as Infinium, has the potential to run applications such as Word and spreadsheets. However, HP has disabled parts of the operating system: “They could be opened up,” said Richard Webber, HP Test and Measurement Organisation’s marketing manager, “but not at the moment because we don’t yet know how to support all of it.”


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