Tektronix announced their newest product family, the 5 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscopes. The series is Tektronix's response to industry trends where engineers are required to have a combined skill set across test and measurement specialties, embedded systems are growing more complex, and time to market is becoming faster and more competitive.
The 5 Series is built around a new ASIC that integrates ADC, demux, trigger, and digital acquisition functionality into a single device.
The 5 Series MSO introduces five industry firsts:
- Reconfigurable scope inputs: Tektronix has coined the term FlexChannel to describe the inputs that can switch between being one analog channel or eight digital channels with TLP058 logic probe. Any combination of analog/dialog channels is supported, and channels can be added after the initial purchase with additional probes.
- 4,6, and 8 channel product family: The flexible channels will help to deal with triggering issues, correlation and documentation problems, and synchronization issues.
- 15.6" HD display with capacitive touch: This is the largest screen currently available on an MSO, and users can pinch, zoom, and swipe to organize waveform readouts and notes.
- User interface designed for touch: The interface is designed in such a way that users can employ touch or a computer mouse. The interface is the first to be designed around direct touch.
- Optional Windows operating system: designers can use the device as a dedicated oscilloscope or an open-Windows configuration. Users can switch between the two by adding or removing a solid-state drive that contains a Windows license/OS.
Prices for the 5 Series MSO starts at $12,600 USD. All oscilloscopes can be upgraded after the initial purchase in the field, rather than sending the equipment back to the factory. For more information, visit www.tek.com/5seriesMSO.