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New 3 Series MDO, 4 Series MSO redefines Oscilloscopes Market

Award-Winning Industrial Design and the Largest Display in their Class, Tektronix Delivers an Unparalleled User Experience and More Choices for All Engineers.

COMTEST is pleased to announce the addition of two new Tektronix oscilloscopes with the launch of the 3 Series MDO and the 4 Series MSO. Engineered for a wide range of demanding applications at an affordable price, the new mid-range oscilloscopes have been reimagined with the award-winning user experience and industrial design first introduced in the 5 and 6 Series MSOs. Built from the engineer up, the 3 Series MDO, and the 4 Series MSO round out Tektronix’ portfolio of oscilloscopes.

To meet a wide variety of development challenges, engineers need test instruments that are capable, versatile, and, most of all, easy to use. The new 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO feature the largest display sizes in their class, highly intuitive touchscreen user interfaces, class-leading performance, and advanced analysis capabilities.

Together, the 3 Series MDO, 4 Series MSO, and the 5 and 6 Series MSO oscilloscopes represent a state-of-the-art portfolio that looks and drives the same and provides a complete range of performance, functions, specifications and price points that make them market leaders in their respective segments.

The 3 and 4 Series share a user interface design with touchscreens and front panels that keep key controls close at hand. Rather than digging through multiple menus to find settings, simply double-tap the appropriate readout or measurement on the display. Usability and versatility have been made a top priority, so engineers can focus exclusively on innovation and problem-solving.

4 Series MSO: Large display, up to 6 Flex Channel® inputs

Large oscilloscope displays enhance user experience and speed up debugging and analysis tasks. The new 4 Series MSO features a 13.3-in. display with 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, the largest and highest resolution in its class. It offers bandwidths up to 1.5 GHz and uses 12-bit ADCs for the highest vertical resolution in its class as well. It is the first scope in this class to offer six input channels and with innovative FlexChannel™ technology, any input channel can be converted from an analog to eight digital channels simply by connecting a logic probe.

To meet a diverse range of application requirements, the 4 Series MSO is available with bandwidths starting at 200 MHz and is well supported with options including serial decode and analysis, an arbitrary/function generator, and a DVM/frequency counter. The new Spectrum View feature offers time-correlated frequency domain analysis with independent spectrum controls. A power analysis package is available to automate the AC line, switching device, ripple, and sequencing measurements.

Bandwidth and options are all fields upgradeable. All models deliver a 6.25 GS/s sample rate on all analog and digital channels. The standard record length is 31.25 Mpoints with an option for 62.5 Mpoints.

3 Series MDO: New levels of versatility

The very affordable 3 Series MDO is intended to be the compact, versatile test instrument that sits on the desk of every engineer. It features a sleek industrial design and the largest display in its class at 11.6-in. with full high-definition resolution. It uses the same intuitive user interface as the rest of the portfolio with a similar set of knobs and buttons but takes up less than 6 inches of depth on a bench.

The 3 Series MDO is more than an oscilloscope and can cover a wide range of debugging and validation tasks. It offers an optional spectrum analyzer up to 3 GHz, with a separate RF input and specifications comparable to a standalone analyzer. This enables engineers to quickly debug wireless components in their designs or quickly track down sources of unwanted EMI emissions without having to use another instrument. Sixteen digital input channels are available for mixed-signal analysis. Comprehensive serial protocol debugging and triggering options, optional power measurement, and an optional AFG set the standard for versatility. A DVM/frequency counter is included for free with product registration.

The new 3 Series MDO is available in bandwidths starting at 100 MHz and extending to 1 GHz. Models are available with 2.5 GS/s or 5 GS/s sample rates on all analog and digital channels. The standard record length is 10 Mpoints. For investment protection, bandwidths and options are fully field upgradeable.

The critical last few inches

The distance between the front of the oscilloscope to the device under test is critical to gaining insight into troublesome circuits. Both the 3 Series MDO and 4 Series MSO use the TekVPI probe interface, giving access to the full range of Tektronix differential voltage probes, active voltage probes, and current probes, plus the recently-introduced power rail probes and optically-isolated differential probes.

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