Large display, large bandwidth: two new oscilloscopes from Tektronix

Large display, large bandwidth: two new oscilloscopes from Tektronix

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

In order to meet a wide range of development challenges, engineers need powerful, flexible measuring instruments that are easy to use. The new Series 3 MDO and Series 4 MSO feature the largest display in their class, an intuitive touch screen and a variety of analysis options.

The Series 3 and Series 4 instruments use the same operating concept as the Series 5 and Series 6 instruments via touch screen and front panel, making important functions directly accessible. Instead of clicking through many menus to the respective settings, a double tap on the respective measured value on the display is sufficient.

The new Series 4 MSO has the largest display and the highest resolution in its class with the 13.3″ display and an HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The bandwidth goes up to 1.5 GHz, and 12-bit ADCs provide the highest vertical resolution in its class. They are also the first oscilloscopes in their class to feature six input channels with FlexChannel technology, where each input channel can be converted from one analog channel to up to eight digital channels simply by connecting a logic probe.

To meet a wide range of requirements, the Series 4 MSO is available with a bandwidth starting at 200 MHz and various options such as decoding and analysis functions for serial signals, arbitrary/function generator or DVM/frequency counter. The new Spectrum View function enables frequency domain analysis with time correlation and independent spectrum adjustment. A power analysis package is also available to perform automatic AC line, switching device, ripple and sequence measurements.

All models offer a sampling rate of 6.25 GS/s on all analog and digital channels. The standard recording length is 31.25 Mpoints and can be extended to 62.5 Mpoints. Bandwidth and options are upgradeable.

At an entry-level price of €3,570, the Series 3 MDO is a compact, versatile instrument that can be placed on the engineer’s desk. It features the largest display in its class with 11.6″ screen diagonal and full HD resolution. The units have the same user interface as the rest of the portfolio and similar keys and buttons, but require less than 16 cm depth on the table.

The Series 3 MDO is more than an oscilloscope, it covers a wide range of debugging and validation tasks. It includes an integrated spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz with separate RF input and similar specifications to a stand-alone spectrum analyzer. This allows users to debug radio modules and locate sources of interference with unwanted emissions without the need for an additional instrument. 16 digital input channels are available for mixed signal analysis. Comprehensive debugging and triggering options for serial protocols, optional power measurements and an optional AFG set a new standard for flexibility. A DVM/frequency counter is available free at product registration.

The new Series 3 MDO is available in bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz. The models have a sampling rate of 2.5 GS/s or 5 GS/s on all analog and digital channels. The standard recording length is 10 sampling points.

The distance between the front of the oscilloscope and the target is critical to get a full view of difficult circuits. Both the Series 3 MDO and the Series 4 MSO use the TekVPI interface to support the full range of Tektronix differential voltage probes, active voltage probes and current probes, plus the recently introduced Power Rail probes and optically isolated differential probes.

The Series 3 MDO will be available from June 4 at an entry-level price of €3,570 and the Series 4 MSO from €7,190.

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