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It's amazing what the old technolgy did, even can still do.
--- In TekScopes@yahoogroups.com, Don Black <donald_black@...> wrote:
Here's a picture of the mercury delay lines for CSIRAC in Melbourne,
It's the world's oldest original computer still in working condition.
Although it's normally on static display, it was saved complete and a
few years ago restored to working condition again by volunteers, many
who originally worked on it. It was first built in 1949 and improved in
following years. Retired in 1966 (not a bad working life for a computer
even by today's standards) it performed computations for over 1000
projects, the last for the futuristic ICI building opposite the
Melbourne hospital. It's still a very impressive thing to see in the
flesh. From memory there were about 30 mercury column delay line
memories, see if you can count them.
On 19-May-13 3:30 AM, Robert wrote:
Sorry for the empty message, hit the wrong button.
Someone told me they worked on a 1950s computer that used a mercury
pool as a delay line. One end would generate a wave and the other end
would detect the wave with the transit time being the delay.
Try and get that around ROHS!
--- In TekScopes@yahoogroups.com <mailto:TekScopes%40yahoogroups.com>,
"Robert" <go_boating_fast@> wrote:
<mailto:TekScopes%40yahoogroups.com>, Don Black <donald_black@> wrote:
--- In TekScopes@yahoogroups.com
What I call lumped (artificial) delay lines are delays made of a
of discrete inductors in series with capacitors to ground (or the
complimentary side) rather than a cable using its natural
capacitance. In the case of the deflection plates, they are made of a
number of short segments coupled with small coils and trimmer
from each one (segment) to trim them). Of course you need a special
vacuum screwdriver to adjust them through the glass without losing
vacuum (joke). Tektronix usually used a coiled coaxial delay line for
the signal delay to allow viewing the leading edge of a signal.
artificial delays can also be used. We used to have a 3M dropout
compensator for video recorders which had to delay one horizontal
of signal. I was switchable for the different standards, up to 100 µs
for 405 lines and it had row upon row of coils making up the delay
Others more familiar with Tektronix please jump in and add or
as you see fit please.
On 17-May-13 7:19 PM, cheater00 . wrote:
Regarding delayed deflection plates.
What is the basic operation of the lumped delay line circuits? Is it
just a long delay cable with a network which compensates the
Regarding the digital vs analogue cancer that spread into this
On Fri, May 17, 2013 at 6:10 AM, Steve <ditter2@
Modern real time scope run up to 65 GHz. No analog scope could
within an order of magnitude of that. And few applications
at a Y-T waveform. I use fast RT scopes every week for tasks
decomposing jitter components in serial data streams running at 28
gigabits per second. I can easily measure these down to 300
femtoseconds, with an accurate resolution of 50 femtoseconds or so.
Users buy digital scopes for their analysis capability, seldom as a
replacement just to look at waveforms that an analog scope could do.
I love old analog scopes for their place in history. They are
restore. It is not different then people who restore antique autos.
May of these had design features that were decades ahead of their
time. But no one claims that an antique auto has the utility or
reliability of a modern car that gets you to work every day.
The tasks that design engineers need to perform today simply
be performed by an analog scope.
Because everyone is just like you and has exactly your job,
me tell you, in 100% of my use of an oscilloscope I don't need *any*
of the doohickeys you mentioned. And even if I took the technical
level of my work to the very frontier of what's being done today, I
still wouldn't need any of it. Who cares about 300 picosecond jitter
when designing analogue audio circuits? You've got to be out of your
mind to think everyone needs 65 GHz bandwidth (so why bring it up at
all). My area, audio circuit design, will forever be fine with a 200
MHz bandwidth analog scope, maybe with minimal digital or analogue
storage capabilities. There are loads, loads, loads other areas in
technology which don't need *anything* provided by digital scopes.
Electrical and electronic engineers of all kinds and types have
that are simply not provided for by a digital scope, while the
scope provides a lot of stuff they expressly do *not* need. The same
goes for hobbyists: very few end up needing high bandwidth; if
board or kit is provided you don't need to care about clock lines
being bad. There's a huge amount of those people, and I dare say
more than those who need 65 GHz scopes.
It seems like you think the moment NASA started building the space
shuttle everyone stopped building, using, and servicing
a load of junk. Look at your wrist watch or your mobile phone. Think
that needs a 65GHz scope to build?
Please let's not derail this topic further. If you or anyone else
wants to continue the DSO vs CRO conversation, open up your own
(which I likely won't take part in).
Kill it with fire.