Tektronix Adds 23-GHz, 25-GHz, and 33-GHz Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes

July 23, 2013. Tektronix today introduced the new MSO/DPO70000DX Series performance oscilloscopes, which feature models with 23-GHz, 25-GHz, and 33-GHz bandwidths and enhanced tools for debugging digital and analog circuits. The company also announced an oscilloscope probe with 33-GHz bandwidth.

With the new MSO70000DX mixed signal oscilloscopes, Tektronix continues to expand its portfolio of MSOs from 70 MHz to 33 GHz in analog bandwidth. With 16 digital channels provided on all Tektronix MSOs, engineers are connecting and observing a greater amount of their design’s electrical behavior at one time, which shortens debug cycles and system validation. Design teams can complete electronic design characterizations on schedule. The new MSO70000DX instruments provide 80-ps timing resolution on its 16 digital channels to enable engineers to get accurate feedback on logic or protocol performance for serial buses like USB, I2C, and SPI in real-time while performing analog validation of high-speed DDR memory on the four high-bandwidth channels.

“DDR4 expands the reach of leading-edge memory technology into the performance server marketplace,” said Mian Quddus, chairman of JEDEC. “JEDEC applauds the introduction of tools that simplify the validation of these server platforms and ensure these designs will reach customers sooner and with greater reliability.”

The 33-GHz P7600 Series TriMode probe gives engineers a single probe setup for differential, single-ended, and common-mode measurements. 

“Debugging the latest high-speed serial buses requires high-performance and the flexibility of analog and digital inputs,” said Brian Reich, general manager, performance oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “For engineers working with PCIe3, M-PHY, SuperSpeedPlus USB, and LPDDR3 or DDR4 memory, the 70000DX series delivers the necessary bandwidth along with integrated debugging tools and award-winning innovations such as Visual Trigger to help ensure that projects stay on track and on budget.”

Compared with the previous 70000D series oscilloscopes, new MSO/DPO70000DX models offer improved performance and capabilities at overall greater value. Moreover, the new models offer customers a variety of upgrade options to preserve investments as needs change, including bandwidth upgrades, product conversions, and trade-up programs. For example, the analog-only DPO70000DX versions provide options to add digital channels as needs change via a customer-installable kit.

The MSO models are available with 23 GHz, 25 GHz, and 33 GHz bandwidth and include iCapture simultaneous digital-analog acquisition capability, unique to Tektronix performance MSOs and logic analyzers. This feature allows the engineer to easily and quickly verify the analog characteristics of any of the 16 signals connected to the MSO70000DX Series' digital channels without changing probes or connections.

Both the MSO and DPO models in the new series feature a wide dynamic range of 600 mV/div (6 V full-scale) at the maximum voltage setting, five times more than the 70000D series. Record length is now four times as long at 1 GS/channel on two channels. Processor speed has also been improved, which enables faster decode on longer records.  In addition, the instruments support a more than 300,000-waveforms/s acquisition rate.

Complementing the MSO/DPO70000DX oscilloscopes are the P7600 Series family of performance probes that now feature the available bandwidth of 33 GHz coupled with increased sensitivity to 3.48 mV/div. Their “remote head” architecture offers a short path to the input signal and low-noise performance. The TriMode design provides the convenience of being able to perform differential, single-ended, and common mode measurements with a single coax or solder-down connection.

MSO/DPO70000DX series oscilloscopes are available for order now with shipments beginning in September. Pricing starts at $178,000. P7600 33GHz probes are available now.


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