Tektronix bolsters midrange oscilloscope offering with automotive Ethernet analysis

December 03, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With a combination of high bandwidth, sample rate and record length, Tektronix attacks the market for mid-range oscilloscopes. The new series adds advanced analysis capabilities for developing ever-more complex embedded systems. A high-capacity solid-state disk enables users to store their settings and data for sharing the instrument across the team.

A number of trends are driving change in the mid-range oscilloscope segment. Faster-speed serial buses such as USB 2.0, USB HSIC and Ethernet are increasingly being used in embedded designs. These in turn introduce new design challenges like embedded clocks or tighter jitter budgets and often require more specialized analysis and compliance testing to ensure interoperability. Another key application is power conversion efficiency, driven in part by the emergence of new disruptive technologies such as SiC and GaN with increased switching speeds, requiring oscilloscopes with higher bandwidth, faster sampling rates and specialized probing. Despite the increased design specifications, equipment budgets remain tight, meaning that labs are looking for flexibility and versatility in critical test instrumentation. With its new MSO/DPO5000B series, Tektronix is convinced to meet these requirements and to hit the market needs.

This series offers all-round performance with 2 GHz bandwidth, 10 GS/s sampling, up to 250 M record length, 250,000 waveform per second capture rate, and >11 bits resolution with HiRes acquisition. This performance is augmented by the industry's highest bandwidth 1 GHz passive probe with loading of just 4 pF. DPX intensity grading technology helps engineers find elusive glitches and other transients in seconds.

Since mid-range oscilloscopes are often shared across engineering teams and moved from station to station, all MSO/DPO5000B models are now equipped standard with a 480 GB solid-state disk for more rapid start-up and greater data storage capacity. This means engineers have a more reliable storage system along with waveform and setup storage flexibility.

Adding to the set of tools for waveform capture, measurement and analysis, the MSO/DPO5000B Series oscilloscopes now include Visual Trigger support as a standard feature. Visual Trigger and search allow users to create triggers based on shapes such as rectangles or hexagons making it much easier to capture complex waveforms on multiple channels. The unique Wave Inspector allows users to quickly search through waveforms for faster troubleshooting and discovery of