Traditional instrument vs virtual instrument | Difference between traditional instrument and virtual instrument

This page compares traditional instrument vs virtual instrument and mentions difference between traditional instrument and virtual instrument.

Following table summarizes difference between traditional instrument and virtual instrument.

Traditional Instrument Virtual Instrument
Low quality High quality
High design cost Low design cost
Vendor defined User defined
Fixed functionality Flexible functionality, which is customizable
It requires displays, knobs etc. It uses computer for all control and interactions.
It is large in size. It is small in size.
It requires lot of power. It requires low power.
It has lower computational power. It has higher computational power.
It uses IC fpr data processing. It uses software for data processing.

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