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Why normal block mode?

Postby heng » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:04 pm

Reading the programming manual, there is some discussion about the rapid block mode versus the block mode. The suggestion is that if you can't do with the several tens of ms delay in setting up the block mode, then you should use the rapid block mode.

My question is, why would I ever use the normal block mode? Does it provide something that the rapid block mode does not?
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Re: Why normal block mode?

Postby Martyn » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:23 pm

Block Mode will capture one block of data to the scopes memory before transferring it to the PC. The available memory is used for the single block and gives a higher horizontal resolution.

Rapid Block Mode captures a number of blocks of data to the scopes memory before downloading these to the PC. The available memory is shared between the blocks therefore limiting the horizontal resolution.
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Re: Why normal block mode?

Postby heng » Thu Jul 05, 2012 2:41 pm

If ps3000aSetNoOfCaptures is set to 1, or ignored, and ps3000aMemorySegments is set to 1, is there any fundamental difference between the 2 modes?
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Re: Why normal block mode?

Postby Martyn » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:30 am

Fundamentally those two modes are the same
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Re: Why normal block mode?

Postby heng » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:53 pm

Ok, thanks. Might I suggest that such a note is put in the documentation? I spent a little while thinking about this and it would have been helpful to have the docs tell me.
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