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Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

The MSO-9212 Mixed Signal Oscilloscope combines the features of a digital oscilloscope and a logic analyzer in an integrated, easy-to-use package. The instrument offers 1 GSa/s for single shot sampling or 50 GSa/s for repetitive signals.

The MSO-9212 has 14 channels, 2 digital oscilloscope and 12 logic analyzer. You can store 2 Mpt for each channel. All channels are fully synchronized.

The MSO-9212 has advanced triggering with options, such as: Rising/Falling edge, pulse width and count, 12 bit Logic, I2C and SPI.

The scope is portable and connects to a PC via USB.

The advantage of an MSO is having time-aligned analog and digital inputs displayed on the same screen. Having one instrument is more powerful than two separate instruments. You gain more insight into what your circuits are doing.



MSO-9212 Mixed Signal Analyzer with Windows software




MSO-9212: Time synchronized oscilloscope and logic analyzer inputs.

All 14 channels are sampled at the same time and are displayed together. This is better than separate instruments because the analog and digital waveforms are acquired with the same sample clock, assuring accurate time correlation between the two. Even if you went through the effort of cabling two individual instruments together, you would not be able to get the samples to within 2 ns of each other, nor would the triggering be so tightly coupled.

Since the software displays the oscilloscope and logic analyzer data on the same screen, it stays synchronized no matter how you scroll or zoom.
Oscilloscope software


The Logic Analyzer display can show individual pulse width and frequency information.
Oscilloscope software

High speed sampling

Fast 1 GSa/s ADCs allow the MSO-9212 to acquire and resolve events as narrow as 1 ns. The MSO can simultaneously sample at 1 GSa/S (1 ns) across all 14 inputs (2 DSO+12LA). 50 GSa/s (20 pS) sampling resolution is available in RIS (Random Interleave Sampling) mode. On the opposite end of the timebase spectrum, the MSO can sample at 1 Sa/S, which equates to 2,097,152 seconds or to over 524 hours per acquisition or 24.27 days.
The MSO-9212 has an external clock input which is used primarily when doing logic analysis, but is also useful when doing mixed signal analysis or even pure DSO work. With an analog bandwidth of 200 MHz and 50 GSa/s, the MSO-9212 is the new performance leader in its price range. By fully utilizing high-speed USB communications and variable size acquisition buffer, the MSO-9212 can be adjusted to provide fast screen updates and a very responsive analog oscilloscope-like experience.

Deep acquisition memory

A vast amount of data can be captured in the large acquisition buffer. The 2 Mpt buffer lets you sample at high speed while capturing long traces. Other instruments with short memory buffers force you to degrade your sample rate and thus lower your bandwidth. For example, if you needed to capture a 100 us event using a 1 GSa/s scope with a 2.5k buffer, you would reduce your sample rate to 40 MSa/s, or at best a bandwidth of 10 MHz!". The MSO-9212 would let you view that 100 us event at 20 GSa/s.

"The big buffer really saved me. With my last oscilloscope I always had to balance recording time and time per division. With Link's scope I can record at the fast sampling rate and still see the entire event." Bob Mitchell, consultant. (beta tester)"

QuadVue® display

Often there are many points of interests that are scattered throughout the buffer.

QuadVue provides four independent timing windows that allow you to view the entire buffer while simultaneously focusing on the details. No need to constantly pan and zoom.

Each window can display a unique timebase while showing any or all channels.

For quick analysis, you can superimpose the current data over the mathematically operated and the history memory data.
mso screenshot
In this example four timing windows are being displayed:
Window 1 shows the entire buffer.
Window 2 shows a zoomed in section around the trigger (red cursor) event.
Windows 3 and 4 show a unique part of the waveform and are zoomed differently.

Link's Windows-based oscilloscope software takes advantage of your computer's large color screen.

Stand-alone oscilloscope display screens represent a compromise at best. Few people would choose a 7" or 9" monitor as the screen for their PC. So why use a small monitor for an oscilloscope? Many people are now using dual monitor PCs. Our software will work there also. Imagine having a 30" wide trace window.
Oscilloscope software on dual monitor


Spectrum Analyzer / FFT

The dual channel FFT has controls for FFT window, FFT type, FFT resolution, frequency range filters, peak hold, and Min/max envelope.

The software also supports averaging, memory, and plot subtraction.  This allows for a whole range of spectral analysis including: frequency response analysis, power supply noise analysis, etc.

FFT data can be saved to disk and exported to other programs such as Excel, Mathcad, etc.
FFT Spectrum analyzer
This example shows use of FFT averaging to identify and reduce noise. 

XY Oscilloscope plot

  • XY Area  (Lissajous curve)
  • Angle
  • Radius
  • Delta X
  • Delta Y
XY plot

Waveform measurements

A powerful suite of over 40 measurements are available. The measurements can be performed on incoming waveform, stored waveform or a mathematically processed waveform. The data cursors can be used to define a subset of data to be measured.
Pass/fail testing based on user specified criteria is also supported.  Data can be saved to disk based on the test results.

SPI decoding

The MSO-9212 can display and decode SPI bus protocols as well as trigger on them. Up to 3 SPI buses can be decoded simultaneously.

SPI decode window.
SPI debugging
Decoded SPI data and timing waveform display
Decoded SPI data and Timing waveform

I2C decoding

The MSO-9212 can display and decode I2C serial bus protocols as well as trigger on them.
I2C signals can also be viewed as timing waveforms and statelist style display.
I2C decoder

Simple operation

  • Installation is a snap.
  • You're able to make measurements in no time.
  • Simple controls make operation intuitive.
  • Perform sophisticated operations that you couldn't even dream of doing with a knob-based DSO.
  • Save default setups to disk for easy recall at a future date.
  • Screen shots can be pasted into documents and annotated in your favorite image editing program.

Data averaging for increased accuracy

Trace data can be averaged over many captures to reduce noise and increase accuracy. The average can be saved to memory, logged to disk or reset after a specific number of captures.

Automatic storage

To save time, you can automatically datalog waveforms to your PC. Data can be stored after each capture or based on the results of pulse measurements.

The speed of your PC does not significantly affect the performance of our instruments

All of the high speed acquisition is done with the MSO hardware, the speed of your PC is not a factor.  The PC is used for display and for the user interface. If your PC is fast enough and has enough memory to run windows well, it will run our products well also. The Instrument has high speed samplers and buffers. It can acquire at up to 1 GSa/s and stores the data in it's own 2 MegaSample data buffers. When these buffers are full everything is transferred to the PC.

Software Libraries

The optional DLL library allows users to write custom software to control the instrument. The library works with visual studio, LabView and matlab.

Channel history - better than Persistence mode.

The Oscilloscope can automatically save and display up to 30 previous captures. Each capture will be color coded with the oldest ones fading away.
In this shot the blue trace represents the current capture. The yellow traces are the 30 most recent captures. The older history traces fade to black.
channel history

Cross triggering

The MSO-9201 can trigger on a signal in either the digital or analog domain. In the analog domain, triggering can be straightforward rising and falling edge. Other analog domain triggering features are pulse width and pulse count. One of the benefits of pulse width triggering is that you can detect glitches.
Digital domain triggering can use either a 12 bit wide digital word or the advanced serial trigger( I2C and SPI bus protocols).


  MSO-9212 MSO-9201
Rate (single shot) 1 GSa/s... 5Sa/s  (1 GSa/s mode is only available in single channel mode)
1 ns / sample to 5s / sample

1 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling
500 MSa/s... 5Sa/s 

2 ns / sample to 5s/sample

2 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling
500 MSa/s... 5Sa/s 

2 ns / sample to 5s / sample

2 ns / division to 20s / division

External rising
External falling
External rising and falling
Rate (Repetitive) 50 GSa/s...1 GSa/s 20 GSa/s...1 GSa/s 20 GSa/s...1 GSa/s
Accuracy +/- 0.01%
Resolution 2 ns
Skew < 2 ns
Inputs 2 DSO + 12 Logic Analyzer 2 DSO + 12 Logic Analyzer 2 DSO
Oscilloscope (Analog)  
Bandwidth 200 MHz
Gain Range (per division)
full scale = 10 divisions
BNC or Probe (1X)
Voltage per division: 5 mV to 2 V
Full scale voltage: 50 mV to 20 V

Probe (10X)
Voltage per division: 50 mV to 20 V
Full scale voltage: 500 mV to 200 V

Probe (100X)
Voltage per division: 500 mV to 200 V
Full scale voltage: 5,000 mV to 2,000 V
Max Input Voltage
max input voltage at probe tip depends on probe type (1x, 10x, 100x, etc.)
BNC or Probe (1X)
Continuous: ± 50 V DC
Transient: ± 100 V DC

Probe (10X)
Continuous: ± 500 V DC
Transient: ± 1,000 V DC

Probe (100X)
Continuous: ± 5,000 V DC
Transient: ± 10,000 V DC
Vertical Resolution 8 bits/ch.
Vertical Range 10 divisions
Offset Range ± 5 divisions
Offset Resolution 0.04 division increments
Coupling AC, DC and Ground
Impedance 1 MΩ // 15pF
DC Accuracy ± 2%
A/D Dual 8 bit
Logic Analyzer (Digital)  
Impedance 100K ohm || 2pF
Sensitivity <500 mv
Max. input voltage ± 50 V DC (±100 V DC transient)
Bandwidth 150 MHz
Threshold voltage +6V to -2V(Adjustable in 0.1 V increments)
Buffer Size 2 Mpt(2 Million points/channel) 512 Kpt (512 thousand points/channel) 512 Kpt (512 thousand points/channel)
Type Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside
12 bit wide Logic Analyzer
Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside
12 bit wide Logic Analyzer
Rising Edge (Adjustable level),
Falling Edge (Adjustable level),
Pulse Width & Pulse Count
Window outside

External trigger input Any of the digital inputs can be used as an external trigger.
External trigger out yes
Mode Auto, Normal and Single
Autosetup Yes
Range (vertical) 10 divisions
Resolution 0.04 division increments

Win 8.1,
Win 8,
Win 7-32,
Win 7-64,
Vista 32,
Vista 64,
2 K

Spectrum Analysis/FFT yes
XY Plot yes
Math yes
Advanced Math yes
Pass/Fail Testing yes
Data Logging
(based on pass/fail test)
(on every capture)
Interface USB
Probes Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes, LA wire harness and 16 LA clips are included. Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes, LA wire harness and 16 LA clips are included. Two 300 MHz 1x/10x switchable probes.
Connectors BNC: 3 total: 2 input and trig-out
LA Pod: 12
Power:  12V 1A input
Calibration point Yes
Power Requirements 12 V at 1 A (Typical)
The MSO ships with a power supply rated from 100-240 V and 47-63 Hz. It has a U.S. style wall connector.  International customers will need a plug conversion adapter
Dimensions Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Logic pod: 4.25" x 3.87" x 0.87"
Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"
Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"
Logic pod: 4.25" x 3.87" x 0.87"
Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"
Main unit: 7.9" x 4.7" x 1.5"

Power supply: 2.1" x 1.8" x 1.0"


Description Price Part Number
10x/100x Differential Probe $375 DSO-probe-dif-kit2
(includes: probe, power supply, clips and carrying case)
100x Probes
(100 MHz, 2 meters)
$72 DSO-PROBE-X100
1x/10x Probes
(300 MHz)
$55 P-PROBE-P300
Wire harness + standard clips $50 MSO-92-CLIPS-WIRES
(includes: 1 Wire harness and 16 Clips)
11 Nano-clips $119 LA-NANOCLIPS-11
4 Nano-clips $49 LA-NANOCLIPS-4
DLL Library $300 MSO-92-DLL