Tie Pie Handyscope HS5

Handyscope HS5 the unbeatable USB oscilloscope.

The new 500 MS/s 14 bit dual channel High Resolution Oscilloscope with function generator.

This powerful high speed USB oscilloscope combines fast sampling up to 500 MS/s with high resolutions of 12, 14 and 16 bit, a large memory of 64 MSamples and an extremely accurate built-in 40 MHz 14 bit Constant Data Size (CDS) arbitrary waveform generator with 24 V peak to peak output, generating true form signals. The oscilloscope supports continuous streaming measurements up to 20 MS/s and can be synchronized with other oscilloscopes using the CMI interface to form a multi channel combined instrument with synchronized timebase. The CMI interface is available by default on the Handyscope HS5. Optionally, the Handyscope HS5 can be delivered with SureConnect connection test and resistance measurement on each channel. The flexibility and quality that the Handyscope HS5 offers is unparalleled by any other oscilloscope and function generator in its class.

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Many instruments in one device:

With the Multi Channel oscilloscope software, the world’s most sophisticated measuring software, the Handyscope HS5 can be used as: High Resolution USB Oscilloscope, multimeter, spectrum analyzer, data logger/transient recorder, protocol analyzer and Arbitrary Waveform Generator. This powerful and compact measuring instrument can solve almost any measurement problem.

High accuracy:

The Handyscope HS5 measures with high resolutions of 14 and 16 bit. A signal measured with the Handyscope HS5 therefore has 256 times more resolution than most standalone oscilloscopes, which usually have a low resolution of 8 or 9 bit. The high resolution of the Handyscope HS5 precision oscilloscope allows for measuring signals with more accuracy, because the quantization error is much lower.

The input circuit of the Handyscope HS5 has a high accuracy of 0.25 % of the full scale input range, where most standalone  oscilloscopeshave an accuracy of 2 – 3 % of the full scale range.

To display a signal measured with the Handyscope HS5 High Resolution oscilloscope at the same level of detail as the standalone oscilloscope, the display can be 256 times larger. Viewing the signals on a 24″ monitor immediately gives a very detailed impression of the signal. The smallest deviations are very well visible and because of the high resolution, it is still possible to zoom in and reveal additional details.


Above figure shows two displays, both showing a measurement of the same signal. The left display size corresponds to a size comparable to a standalone oscilloscope; at 8 bit resolution, zooming will not reveal more details. The right display corresponds to a maximized window on a standard PC screen; at 14 bit resolution, zooming will still reveal more details.

Low distortion Arbitrary Waveform Generator:

The Handyscope HS5 is the first High Resolution USB oscilloscope with built-in 30 MHz low distortion function generator. The built-in Arbitrary Waveform Generator uses CDS signal synthesis technology, developed by TiePie engineering, resulting in the best signal fidelity in its class, generating the true form of your signals. With spurious distortion as low as -85 dB at 100 kHz signal frequency, a very flat amplitude spectrum and a rise time of 8 ns, the low distortion function generator creates signals that approach perfection.

Combined with an output voltage of 24 Vpp, a resolution of 14 bit at 240 MS/s and a waveform buffer of 64 MSamples, this makes the Handyscope HS5 Arbitrary waveform generator truly a high quality low distortion function generator. Standard signal shapes like sine wave, square wave, triangle, pulse, DC and noise are available. When a custom signal shape is required, this can be created in the 64 million samples large memory or by loading a previously measured signal from the oscilloscope.


Very fast 20 MSamples per second streaming data logger:

The Handyscope HS5 supports continuous streaming measurements with a speed up to 20 MS/s, which makes it possible to measure endlessly, without any memory limits. Data can be stored directly to disk using the multi channel integrated data logger, which is only limited by the amount of available disk space.

During recording, the measured signal can be viewed and analyzed in real time. The high continuous sampling frequency is high enough to log serial communication signals such as CAN bus. Using streaming measuring, difficult problems can easily be measured, traced back and analyzed.

Combining multiple Handyscope HS5s:

The Handyscope HS5 is equipped with a sophisticated CMI synchronization bus, allowing to connect multiple Handyscope HS5s to each other by means of coupling cables, to use them as a combined instrument. All instruments will measure at the same sample frequency (0 ppm deviation!) The maximum number of instruments is only limited by the number available USB ports.

The video below shows how to combine and synchronize multiple oscilloscopes using the unique TiePie engineering Combine Multiple Instruments interface, where all channels are sampled using the same clock, with 0 ppm clock error, and shown together in one graph.



High performance digital multimeter:

With its high resolution of 16 bits, the Handyscope HS5 can be used as a comprehensive and accurate high performance digital multimeter, with measurements like RMS, peak-peak, Max, Min, Mean, Variance, Standard deviation, Frequency, Duty cycle, Crest factor, Rise time, Fall time, dBm, etc. Both numerical and gauge displays are available in the multimeter. The stable and 1 ppm accurate time base of the Handyscope HS5 enable very accurate frequency and time measurements. These qualities make an extra multimeter or frequency counter redundant and make the Handyscope HS5 unique in its class.


Spectrum analyzer:

The Handyscope HS5 definitely brings an end to the idea that spectrum analyzers are expensive, hard to control and difficult to understand. The large flexibility of the spectrum analyzer makes it not just suitable for measuring high frequency signals of transmitters and receivers, but also for viewing signals that are invisible in the time domain display of an oscilloscope.

When troubleshooting, usually an oscilloscope is used, but when the amplitude of the signal of interest is small, it may be badly visible on an oscilloscope and drown in noise. When viewed with a spectrum analyzer in the frequency domain however, all spectral components of the signal and their magnitude can be clearly observed.

Large memory of 32 MSamples per channel:

When measuring at high sample rates, a long record length/large memory is necessary to be able to record a complete signal in the acquisition buffer. Where most oscilloscopes have 2.5 kSamples or 100 kSamples memory, the Handyscope HS5 has 32 MSamples memory per channel. This gives the user 300 to 10000 times more memory. An advantage of a large memory is that once-only fast phenomena can be captured completely. For example complete serial communications, like CAN bus signals, can be measured all in one record to be reviewed and analyzed afterwards.

The large memory results in the advantage of a large dynamic range in the USB spectrum analyzer, which enables troubleshooting in the frequency domain.The unlimited superzoom feature of the Handyscope HS5 allows to zoom in to individual samples, no matter what record length is used.

Mega_Memory1Figure above shows the same signal four times with different zooming factors. The lower right graph shows just 0.01 ms of the total 300 ms, a zoom factor of 30000 and still provides enough detail for accurate signal analysis.

SureConnect on each channel.

The SureConnect connection test feature of the Handyscope HS5 tells you immediately whether your test probe or clip actually makes electrical contact or not. No more doubt whether your probe doesn’t make contact or there really is no signal.

This is useful when surfaces are oxidized and your probe cannot get a good electrical contact. Simply activate the SureConnect and you know whether there is contact or not. Also when back probing connectors in confined places, SureConnect immediately shows whether the probes make contact or not.

SureConnect is optionally available on the Handyscope HS5.

Oscilloscope and AWG synchronization.

The High Resolution USB oscilloscope and the arbitrary waveform generator in the Handyscope HS5 can be easily synchronized by
setting the trigger source of the oscilloscope to one or more generator trigger events: start, stop and new period. This
synchronization makes it possible for example to perform a sweep, and directly measure the frequency spectrum. In the shown
measurement, a sweep from 1 MHz to 7 MHz is generated and injected in a resonance filter of 4 MHz of which the output is measured.

Scope_Awg_SynchrHS5 oscilloscope measurement of a resonance filter fed with a 1 MHz to 7 MHz sweep from a Handyscope HS5 AWG.