Entry level oscilloscope for training and field use

Entry level oscilloscope for training and field use

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By Nick Flaherty

Tektronix has launched a thin, entry level mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) with the same user interface as its higher performance test systems.

The 40.4mm thick battery powered 2 Series MSO can be used in the field, weighing less than 1.8kgs (without battery) and is designed to fit into a backpack. It supports bandwidths from 70 MHz to 500 MHz to address most bus protocols including CAN, CAN FD and LIN as well as I2C and SPI. There are two or four analog channel inputs and 16 digital channels will be available with future software release with a 2.5 GS/s sample rate

There is a built-in pattern generator, voltmeter, and frequency counter as well as FFT analysis and an optional 50 MHz Arbitrary Function Generator. The optional battery provides up to eight hours of power and can be hot swapped for continuous operation.

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Natively integrated software tools allow engineers to collaborate, troubleshoot, and debug designs across time zones. The 2 Series MSO includes TekDrive, a test and measurement data workspace in the cloud where engineers can upload, store, organize, and share any file from a connected device. Users can also perform analysis on a waveform and save it back to the cloud for immediate viewing and feedback from peers.

Tektronix expects the majority of interest to come from embedded designs (50%), along with education (20%) and automotive (10%).

The connectors have been designed on the side and front of the unit to achieve the thickness with a 10.1in colour touchscreen, and coloured LED ring lights around the knobs indicate active sources or parameters to adjust or to indicate status. The user interface is intended to be intuitive to reduce the learning time for both students, and field engineers.

The same user interface is used on the 3, 4, 5, and 6 Series oscilloscopes. This makes it easier for engineers to work across these Tektronix products in the lab. The Series 2 uses mainstream voltage and current probes as well as High Voltage Single ended probes and High Voltage Differential probes. Applications that need more advanced probes would use the TBS2000B or the 3 Series scopes.

“This breakthrough product was a direct result of our proven Growth Accelerator innovation process and continued focus on our customers,” said Tami Newcombe, Tektronix President. “Our team worked closely with engineers to deeply understand their unique needs. We cannot wait to see how the 2 Series MSO improves the way our customers work.”

The 2 Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope is available globally from €2000 in Europe.

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