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New portable Tektronix DPO4000 oscilloscopes

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article image Tektronix’s DPO4000 oscilloscope range.

TEKTRONIX, represented in Australia by TekMark Australia , has announced the availability of the DPO4000 Digital Phosphor Oscilloscopes (DPOs), a portable series of models developed upon a new generation platform.

The DPO4000 oscilloscope family ranges from 350MHz to 1GHz and is the first to offer the groundbreaking Wave Inspector, a set of easy-to-use tools for discovery and efficient viewing, navigating and analysing waveform data.

With Wave Inspector, serial triggering, protocol decode, USB plug-and-play PC connectivity, a 10.4" XGA display and smallest footprint in its class, the new portable DPO4000 simplifies debug and sets new standards for productivity, performance, value and ease-of-use that will transform the market.

The DPO4000 meets the pressing debug needs of embedded systems design engineers.

Embedded systems are incorporated literally everywhere, especially in the consumer electronics, automotive, medical, computer, communications, sub-assembly electronics, industrial and aerospace industries.

These various devices - whether computer printers, automated teller machines, antilock brakes or others - have traditionally communicated with each other and the outside world using wide parallel buses.

Increasingly, embedded systems designs are replacing parallel buses with serial buses such as I2C, SPI, and CAN.

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 DPO4000 Series addresses these problems with the most integrated serial triggering, protocol decoding and analysis capabilities in its class and represents the ultimate debug tool for engineers working with serial buses such as I2C, SPI, and CANbus.

Debugging often requires the capture of significant amounts of waveform data. In response, the DPO4000 provides 10M memory as standard.

The DPO4000 Series Wave Inspector redefines customer expectations for working with long record lengths by making simple and efficient work of extracting needed answers.

Wave Inspector provides a dedicated, two-tier front panel knob for intuitive control of both zooming and panning.

A play/pause feature with adjustable speed allows customers to automatically scroll the waveform across the screen while they look for the event of interest.

Wave Inspector also provides the ability to search through an acquisition and automatically mark all occurrences of a user-specified event, mark events of interest and navigate between them effortlessly.

With Wave Inspector, the DPO4000 provides both the ease-of-use and waveform data granularity needed to quickly find and solve difficult problems.

The DPO4000 Series consists of four models, all with Wave Inspector. The DPO4032 and DPO4034 provide bandwidth of 350MHz on 2 and 4 channels respectively. The DPO4054 provides 500MHz bandwidth across 4 channels and the DPO4104 offers 1GHz bandwidth on 4 channels.

The DPO4104 provides 5GS/s sampling on all channels while the other models provide 2.5GS/s on all channels.

All models come standard with 10M record length on all channels and at least 5x oversampling.

All DPO4000 models provide a 10.4” XGA colour display. The new models provide both USB and CompactFlash on the front panel, enabling the easy transfer of screenshots, setups and waveform data.

The DPO4000 is only 5.4” – this is one of the shallowest on the market - requiring less bench space than competing products and weighs only 4.9kg for enhanced portability.

Additionally, all models provide the recently introduced TekVPI probe interface that fosters communication between the DPO4000 and TekVPI probes.

Tektronix has worked with National Instruments to create NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition, featuring industry-first USB plug-and-play oscilloscope-to-PC connectivity based on USB Test & Measurement Class (USBTMC).

Using USB, an auto-detect USB plug-and-play dialogue appears on the PC immediately upon connecting to the DPO4000.

A single click of the mouse then connects NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition to the DPO4000 to immediately begin capturing live measurement data from the oscilloscope and displaying on the PC.

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