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DPO series targets embedded design apps

Posted: 25 Apr 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded design 

Tektronix Inc. has launched its DPO3000 Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope (DPO) series of portable models that extends the advantages first introduced with the DPO/MSO 4000 series. The DPO3000 provides triggering and decode support for the most popular serial buses including I2C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN and LIN used in embedded system design applications.

The DPO3000 oscilloscope family consists of six models, ranging from 100MHz to 500MHz. All models provide 2.5GSps sampling with >5x oversampling on all channels. A 5M record length is standard on all channels enabling the capture of long time windows of signal activity with very high resolution, Tektronix said.

In addition, the DPO3000 scopes use the Wave Inspector navigation and search controls to simplify finding events of interest. The scopes feature serial triggering, protocol decode, USB plug-and-play PC connectivity, and a 9-inch WVGA display to show more detail in the horizontal axis to better see glitches and fine details.

The scopes are also compact, touting the smallest footprint in their class. The scopes measure 5.4-inch deep, requiring less bench space than competitive products, and weigh nine pounds.

The new models offer a USB host (thumb drive) on the front panel enabling easy transfer of screenshots, setups and waveform data to a PC. All models include Ethernet and a USB device (TMC) port on the rear of the instrument that enables plug-and-play PC connectivity. All models also provide the TekVPI probe interface that provides communication between the DPO3000 and TekVPI probes. A variety of TekVPI voltage and current probes are available.

The DPO3VID Video Application Module adds a set of HDTV and custom video triggers. This module combined with built-in, selectable 75W termination make the DPO3000 suitable for designs that incorporate modern video standards. No other similar instrument provides both HDTV triggering and built-in 75W termination, according to Tektronix.

Prices range from $4,450 for a two-channel DPO3012 to $10,900 for a four-channel DPO3054. NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition LE base version is included free of charge with the DPO3000 series. Users can upgrade to the NI LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition for a MSRP of $699, which includes more than 200 measurement acquisition, analysis, and reporting features for use with the DPO3000. The Tektronix Edition software can be ordered from Tektronix as option SIGEXPTE.

All DPO3000 models are available for purchase and delivery.

- Gina Roos

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