Philips PM3310 Digital Storage Oscilloscope

I got myself an old Philips PM3310 Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). The scope has a classic CRT screen, but otherwise it is a fully digital device. The scope has two channels. Analogue bandwidth of the input attenuator/amplifier is 60MHz, which is not bad at all. Sampling frequency in real-time mode, however, is only 50 Mega samples per second. Each sampling ‘run’ after a trigger stores 256 samples into a RAM. The sample RAM has capacity for 4 independent waveforms. The 50M sampling speed allows single-shot time base up to 500ns/div, and a recurrent time base up to 5ns/div (sampling of repetitive signals in equivalent time). The internal CPU switches between the modes as needed.

PM3310 Front view

PM3310 Inside view

Sampling speed of this DSO is funny in today’s terms, although in mid-80 when it was designed it must have been quite good. The DSO uses unique Philips-proprietary “Profiled Peristaltic Charge Coupled Device” (P2CCD). It allows storing of an analogue signal into a serial analogue-like shift register with the sampling speed up to 50M samples/second (125MS/sec in PM3311). After a waveform is completed the ‘register’ is sequentially read out and sampled using a normal A/D converter at a much slower rate 78kHz, and stored in a digital RAM.


There is an interesting project at http://ringwelt.de/index.php/messgeraete/16-oszilloskop/37-oszilloskop-pm3311.html. It describes a home-made USB adapter for the PM3311 oscilloscope. Captured waveforms can be sent to a PC.


Philips PM3310 Product Brief



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