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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan

http://www.fluke.com/fluke/usen/products/categoryoscill.htm
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/portable-digital-oscilloscopes/electronic-bench
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimeter

Will it be useful to integrate/combine Portable Digital Oscilloscope and Digital Multimeter into a single Product ?

i.e. Combining functions of Oscilloscope and Multimeter in a single device.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: There are such devices.  Further more a properly calibrated oscilloscope is, indeed, a voltmeter as well.

But, I am not sure there is a market of a fully integrated product as you describe.  The added cost may be prohibitive.  Also, there are many cases where only one of the functions is used.

It is not a unique idea.



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QUESTION: Dear Prof Cleggsan

Thank you.

http://www.fluke.com/fluke/usen/products/categoryoscill.htm
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/portable-digital-oscilloscopes/electronic-bench
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimeter
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-scopemeter.htm
http://www.flukebiomedical.com/Biomedical/usen/Products/ScopeMeter-Digital-Oscil

Will it be useful to integrate/combine Portable Digital Oscilloscope and Digital Multimeter into a single Product ?

i.e. Combining functions and features of Oscilloscope and Multimeter in a single device.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_analyzer_(electrical)
http://www.flukenetworks.com/enterprise-network/network-testing/OptiView-Portabl

Do you feel the Portable Network Analyzer device and Scopemeter if integrated in a single device could be useful to the consumer market ?

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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It is not an appealing idea for most users I think.  

Further, there are some technical difficulties putting the two circuits in the same box  - at least at high frequencies. This is due to the potential interference between the two circuits.  

This is not a consumer product category.  More likely a professional market or maybe semi-professional.

There could be some market opportunity for the educational market where it could be a device in the laboratory.

You would need to do some market research to determine where the market is, how big the market could become and the distribution channel that could sustain its sales.

It is probably a small market segment at best.  

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