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Oscilloscopes promise powerful tools

Posted: 24 Nov 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mixed signal designs  oscilloscopes  embedded system designs 


Tektronix Inc. has introduced the new MSO2000 Mixed Signal and DPO2000 Digital Phosphor oscilloscopes. According to Tektronix, the new series provide powerful tools to simplify the debug of mixed signal designs including Wave Inspector search and navigation tools, automatic decoding of serial data busses, unique FilterVu variable low pass filters to reduce unwanted noise from signals, all in a portable, affordable package.

With bandwidths up to 200MHz, the new series complement the existing MSO4000, DPO4000, and DPO3000 oscilloscope series models providing the most complete and capable oscilloscope offerings for engineers working on embedded system designs.

Virtually every electronic product designed and produced today is an embedded system and may contain microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSPs, RAM, Flash, EEPROM's, FPGAs, A/Ds, D/As, and other I/O. In recent years, embedded system designs have replaced parallel buses with serial data buses such as I2C, SPI, RS-232, CAN and LIN. On a serial bus, a single signal may include address, control, data, and clock information; the complexity presents significant debug challenges for design engineers.

The MSO2000 and DPO2000 Series address these problems with the most integrated serial data triggering, protocol decoding, and analysis capabilities in an entry-level oscilloscope. Furthermore, the MSO2000 provides the ability to time-correlate analogue and digital signals with up to 4 analogue and 16 digital channels, for troubleshooting the mixed signal portions of embedded systems. The MSO2000 and DPO2000 Series are ideal for embedded designers and educators teaching design principles.

"Designers need powerful yet easy-to-use tools for debugging both analogue and digital signals and at different price ranges," said Bob Bluhm, vice president, Value Scopes Product Line, Tektronix. "The MSO2000 and DPO2000 provide excellent performance, serial data debug for common standards, and compelling value. They are part of our new-generation platform that includes the MSO4000, DPO4000 and DPO3000 Series, providing engineers a continuum of options from 100 MHz to 1GHz. The newest models offer intuitive operation, measurement confidence, a portable package, and are ideal for engineers wanting to more efficiently test their designs."

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