An open source software defined oscilloscope

Dec 21, 2023

Project update 1 of 1


by Aleksa B

Hi Everyone,

It’s hard to believe it’s been a bit over two years since putting ThunderScope up on Crowd Supply! I’m not one to spam almost 2000 of you with emails, but with the Teardown Session livestream coming up this Friday, I figured it was a good time to send out an update.

I will be discussing ThunderScope on The Teardown Sessions livestream, December 22nd, 2023 at 12pm PT. This will be live, so please bring your questions to the chat and I will try to answer them all. We will be selecting one chat participant (details will be provided during the livestream) to receive our first public beta unit. Please note that anyone who enters should be ready to deal with beta software and be willing to patch smaller issues as they come up.

Just so everyone is up to speed for the Q&A, here are some things that you can check out beforehand. My Teardown 2023 talk on the project as a whole (and a valiant but failed attempt to cover five years of work in 25ish minutes):

My Hackaday Supercon 2023 talk on the analog front end, which also covers the very last hardware issues that should be fixed in the beta run.

Speaking of the beta run, the plan is to build 12 units (PCBs are getting fabbed right now, assembly is arranged for the second week of January) and send them to beta testers for a two month beta testing period. If no major issues are found with the hardware, then the next email you get from me will be the launch of the campaign at the end of March. We have all the major parts to build the first 100 units free of chip shortage shenanigans, so watch for that email to guarantee you get a unit as soon as possible!

If you want to follow along closer until then, the ThunderScope discord server is where we do all the development and planning for the project.

Lastly, the Crowd Supply page will be getting an overhaul these next months, so take a look later for glamour shots, comparison tables with the competition, and a new launch video.

That’s all for now, hope to see you all at The Teardown Sessions livestream!


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