Large screen scopes boost design productivity

June 04, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Tektronix mid-range large screen scopes have a bandwidth up to 1.5GHz.
Tektronix has launched two mid-range oscilloscopes with large touchscreens and bandwidth up to 1.5GHz.

The 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO large screen scopes share a user interface design with touchscreens and front panels that keep key controls close at hand. Rather than digging through multiple menus to find settings, simply double-tap the appropriate readout or measurement on the display. “We made usability and versatility a top priority, so engineers can focus on innovation and solving difficult problems and not time wasted trying to figure out how to use their scopes,” said Chris Witt, vice president and general manager, Time Domain Business Unit at Tektronix.

Both the 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO use the TekVPI probe interface, giving access to 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.

“Our teams spent 100s of hours talking with engineers around the world, testing and prototyping new features and designs, and we’re excited to bring the very best products to market built around insight from everyday engineers,” he said. 

The 4 Series MSO features a 13.3-in. display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution and bandwidths from 200MHz to 1.5 GHz, along with 12-bit ADCs for the highest vertical resolution in its class. It is also the first scope in this class to offer six input channels. With Tek's existing FlexChannel technology, any input channel can be converted from an analog to eight digital channels simply by connecting a logic probe.

Options including serial decode and analysis, an arbitrary/function generator and a DVM/frequency counter. A new Spectrum View feature offers time correlated frequency domain analysis with independent spectrum controls. A power analysis package is available to automate AC line, switching device, ripple and sequencing measurements.

Bandwidth and options are all field upgradeable. All models deliver a 6.25 GS/s sample rate on all analog and digital channels. Standard record length is 31.25 Mpoints with option for 62.5 Mpoints.

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