ASIC boost for 10GHz oscilloscope: Page 2 of 3

September 15, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
ASIC design boost for 10GHz oscilloscope
Two ASICs are key to the low noise operation of the 6 Series B 10GHz mixed signal oscilloscope from Tektronix for embedded designs
board. “The Tek49 is very capable and each of the two ASICs gives the maximum bandwidth of 5GHz,” says Morgan.

This also allows more spectrum analysis.

“Embedded designs are growing more sophisticated by incorporating additional sensors that generate increasing amounts of data. This instrument addresses the new requirements of testing these systems to advance video, motion and 3D sensing technologies,” said Chris Witt, vice president and general manager at Tektronix.

“With the Tek49 ASIC we can separate frequency and time so you can set up the frequency domain just the way you want it and the frequency domain and correlate those at the same time using separate controls and that speeds up the debug controls considerably,” said Witt.

“We have quite a bit of capability in the Tek49 ASIC that we haven’t switch on. It’s not a RT spectrum analyser, but it might be one day,” he said.

The 6 Series B MSO has a 15.6 inch HD capacitive pinch-zoom-swipe touch display and is capable of switching between Windows 10 and closed operating systems without loss of performance or ease-of-use. The 6 Series B MSO contains a removable SSD; which, along with optional security licenses, enables use of the oscilloscope in secure environments by minimizing cybersecurity threats. 

The TekVPI probe interface communicates seamlessly with a wide range of probes, to simplify setup and reduce errors, furthering an outstanding user experience for engineers. A new 10GHz probe, the TDP7710 TriMode Probe has the ability to switch from making differential to common mode to single-ended measurements, without having to reconnect the probe.

The new 6 Series B MSO is now available worldwide, priced from £ 23.200 / € 25.900. Each unit receives Tektronix’s one-year warranty on the instrument and included probes (one TPP1000 1 GHz voltage probe per channel).

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