Using Cleverscope

The Cleverscope system has a very wide capability, which we illustrate with video and text. Our videos and Tutorials give step-by-step instructions on specific operations with a Cleverscope. Screenshots taken during operation of a Cleverscope show exactly what you can expect to see.

Sample setup files for your Cleverscope are .apc files that capture all settings and screen placements for the scope, enabling repeatability for experiments and testing. They are very useful for university class sets to be initialised for a particular scenario.

Download and extract from the zip file. Go to File | Open and browse to the .apc file. Where "Get Frame" had been clicked before saving the full frame is included in the file

Expand these sections for an introduction to the capabilities of Cleverscope hardware and software.

Cleverscope units can be used for frequency response analysis, long term measurements, maths, protocol decoding and many other functions that engineers need on a daily basis.

Long Duration Protocol Decode

We capture 10 seconds of high speed digital data, and then decodes all the data packets captured. Results are also saved to Notes for later viewing and copying to Excel.  Many other oscilloscopes now decode protocols, but they seem to be based on short messages only. We show that you can view complex interactions easily.  > Read more

Copy and Paste

Copy and paste with Cleverscope is fast and powerful. You realize how useful it is after going back to find crucial information in the pasted graph. The same goes for File Save. There is not much effort in Copy/Paset or File Save, but could save you heaps of time and effort later in reproducing what you've already done before, all over again. > Read more

Display Docking

With display docking you can move all the Cleverscope windows in one group by moving the Cleverscope Control Panel. You can also minimize and restore as a group by minimizing just the Control Panel. This is useful if you have several screens, and windows open all over the place. This video shows you how. > Read more

Live export to Excel

You can use the old fashioned DDE to export values from Signal information to an Excel Spreadsheet. This can be very useful when doing further analysis, or creating live bar charts and the like. Also you can send Information Information values to a spread sheet in real time - very useful for logging derived value changes (eg the energy used by a cell phone over time).  > Read more

Live export to Matlab

If you wish to use Matlab to do further signal processing the Cleverscope Maths module includes live export of processed signals, and display of the returned processed signal.  This  video shows you how.  > Read more

Matlab Spectrogram display

This is another example of using Matlab, this time to extend the capability of Cleverscope by displaying a live Spectrogram of the input signal. The example includes defining a filter to pre-filter the signal, and then sending the results to Matlab.  > Read more

Comparing Tek and Cleverscope zoom

We compare zooming on square wave overshoot using a Tek scope and Cleverscope. We hope you'll be pleasantly surprised by how easy to use Cleverscope is. > Read more

Start Using Cleverscope

This tour shows you how to get started with Cleverscope > Read more

Capability Tour

A quick tour of many Cleverscope features, including Frequency Response, Maths, Streaming to disk, Matlab / Excel and Word connectivity, Protocol decoding, Repetitive capture and much more.  > Read more

Impedance Measurement Tour

The Cleverscope FRA package allows you to measure all manner of impedances Here we show how you do this.  > Read more

How to set the amplitude range

There are many way to set the captured amplitude range. The Scope Display defines exactly what is captured, and this video shows you how.

Streaming to disk Introduction

You can use Charting to stream captured samples to disk continuously at up to 3 Msps. The maximum capture size is around 300 G samples. After having captured you can zoom and pan very quickly to find the features important to you. This video shows you how

Long duration (10 hour or 38 G Sample streaming)

This streaming capture shows streaming for 10 hours, live protocol decoding, spectrum analysis, zooming, tracking graph usage, all while capturing at 1 MSPS for over 38 G Samples.

Measuring low impedance ceramic capacitors

We use the Cleverscope FRA system and hand made jig to measure the impedance/frequency curve for a low impedance 22uF ceramic capacitor. We examine it's application in power supply filtering.

Measuring a composite capacitive impedance

Following on from the measurement of the 22uF capacitor, we add a Wurth 330uF polymer electrolytic capacitor in parallel, and look at the resulting Impedance and Resr.

Maths Event Counting

How to count events using a Cleverscope

How to save FRA data points to text file

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure and then save FRA data points to a text file for analysis with an external program such as Excel or Matlab. We also show how you can use the AddRef to see a family of captured curves.

Power Supply Rejection Ratio

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure the Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR) of a power supply with the CS1070 Power Amplifier.

Filter Response

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure the Gain/Phase response of a Minicircuits BBP-30+ bandpass filter.

Output Impedance

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure low impedances (1mOhm - 20 Ohm) including on live Power Supplies.

Input Impedance

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure the input impedance of a power supply with the CS1070 Power Amplifier.

BNC Fixture Calibration

The FRA BNC Fixture calibration procedure corrects for amplitude, gain and phase errors introduced by a test fixture.

Family of Curves

You can use the 'AddRef' persistence command to make a family of curves, and then step around them, and make further measurements as needed.

PSU Gain/Phase

Use the Cleverscope Frequency Response Analyser to measure the Gain/Phase of a power supply. This video shows you how to connect up a CS328A-FRA to measure the Gain/Phase of an LTC3589 over the frequency range 20 Hz - 1 MHz.
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