Power analysis added to mid-range oscilloscope

15th November 2017
Source: Tektronix
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Power analysis added to mid-range oscilloscope

Options have been added to the 5 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscope by Tektronix. They include a power analysis solution, Automotive Ethernet testing solution, and serial trigger and decode solutions for the aerospace and automotive markets.

The new capabilities expand the applications supported by the 5 Series MSO that boasts FlexChannel technology that allows 4, 6 or 8 analogue channels and up to 64 digital channels, integrated protocol analysis and signal generator, a new 12-bit signal acquisition system, 15.6-in. capacitive touch display, and a highly intuitive user interface.

The first in a series of enhancements designed specifically for the MSO, these latest offerings improve the user experience in specific use cases and deliver fast, repeatable measurements that save time and boost engineering productivity.

The solutions enable users to quickly set up measurements and analyse results using the MSO’s tap, drag, pinch and swipe touch interface that is earning rave reviews from users for its intuitive operation.

“Power conversion, automotive and aerospace are market segments that greatly benefit from the high channel count and large display of the 5 Series MSO, allowing engineers to display a richer view of complex systems, solve problems faster and keep projects on schedule,” said Brian Ice, general manager, Mainstream Oscilloscopes at Tektronix. “Measurement automation is becoming more and more important as dedicated engineering specialists become a thing of the past. With our power analysis solutions, for example, embedded designers can easily take accurate, repeatable measurements like a power specialist.”

The 5-PWR power measurement and analysis solution enables designers to take full advantage of the 5 Series MSO’s high channel count and 12-bit resolution to easily perform a range of automated power measurements and analysis including power quality, harmonics, switching loss, safe operating area (SOA) and a variety of additional measurements. Designers working with the latest GaN and SiC power semiconductors will be able to combine the 5 Series MSO, 5-PWR measurement solution, and optically-isolated IsoVu probes to enable multi-channel, automated  measurements of critical drive signals and switching voltages.

The 5-SRAERO option offers serial trigger and decode solutions for the most common serial buses used in the aerospace industry including MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC 429.

The upgraded 5-SRAUTO package offers complete serial triggering and analysis of the major buses used in the automotive industry while the new 5-CMAUTOEN Automotive Ethernet solution provides automated compliance support for the IEEE P802.3bw (100BASE-T1) and BroadR-Reach V3.2 specifications.

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