HP 54200D Oscilloscope Teardown

A few years ago I bought an HP 54200D 50Mhz Digital Oscilloscope but what I didn’t realize is that Digital oscilloscopes of the 80’s were very primitive and did not compare to the Analog scopes of those day. I’ve used the oscilloscope a few times but with the small sample memory, slow sample rate and slow waveform update rate the scope is not that useful. So I decided to take it apart and see what’s inside.

Sorry for the poor quality I need to get a better camera but there still are some cool pictures. Anyway here is some sexy old school electronics.

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The build quality of the oscilloscope was amazing they certainly don’t make them like they used to. I can’t let it all go to waste I think I’m going to hang the PCBs on the wall by my work bench.