A new generation of touch screen oscilloscopes will become standard in the future, and four unique analysis functions of MSO6B

An oscilloscope is an important piece of equipment that engineers cannot live without. Like the development of smartphones over the past decade, oscilloscopes are moving from purely push-button to touch-screen control, and Tektronix is ​​a typical example of this.

An oscilloscope is an important piece of equipment that engineers cannot live without. Like the development of smartphones over the past decade, oscilloscopes are moving from purely push-button to touch-screen control, and Tektronix is ​​a typical example of this.

The MSO6B oscilloscope is now one of the first choices for RF system designers to view power rails, digital control buses and I/O signals, as well as RF signals. Each channel has a digital downconverter that allows spectral analysis in synchronization with the time-domain waveform. Engineers can view the signal characteristics that make up a design in a time-correlated manner. 5G system designers can now add 5G NR signal analysis capabilities to Tektronix oscilloscopes to quickly diagnose problematic signal interactions on a single oscilloscope without the hassle of correlating multiple instruments.

With the lowest input noise and up to 10 GHz of analog bandwidth, the MSO6B provides the best signal fidelity for analyzing and debugging embedded systems at today’s GHz clock and bus speeds. Featuring an innovative gesture-swipe-zoom touchscreen user interface, large HD Display, and up to 8 FlexChannel™ inputs, each capable of measuring 1 analog signal or 8 digital signals, the MSO6B is ready to handle today’s most difficult Tough challenges (and of course the challenges of tomorrow).

The MSO6B also provides simplified advanced measurement and analysis capabilities. It makes it easy to characterize jitter on GHz clocks and serial buses, put statistics into your everyday toolbox with integrated measurements, and add advanced and everyday measurements with the same simple drag-and-drop operation. The MSO6B has 4 unique analysis functions that make it stand out.

Unique Feature 1: Spectrum View Synchronized Multi-Channel Spectrum Analysis

It is often easier to debug a problem by viewing one or more signals in the frequency domain. For decades, oscilloscopes have come standard with math-based FFTs to meet this need. But as we all know, there are two main reasons why the FFT is difficult to use.

First, when performing frequency domain analysis, you will consider control functions such as center frequency, span, resolution bandwidth (RBW), etc., as these are typically found on spectrum analyzers. But when using FFT, you use various traditional oscilloscope controls like sample rate, record length, time/div, and then have to do intellectual scaling to get the view you’re looking for in the frequency domain.

Second, the acquisition system driving the FFT is the same acquisition system that provides the analog time domain view. The frequency domain view is not what you want when optimizing the acquisition settings for the analog view. In a traditional oscilloscope FFT, it is nearly impossible to get an optimized view in both domains at the same time.

Spectrum View changes all that. Tektronix’ patented technology simultaneously provides a sampler for the time domain and a digital downconverter for the frequency domain behind each FlexChannel. Two different acquisition paths allow simultaneous time and frequency domain views of the input signal, with independent acquisition settings for each domain. Other manufacturers offer various “spectrum analysis” suites that claim to be very easy to use, but all have the above limitations. Only Spectrum View is both easy to use and able to achieve optimal views in both domains at the same time.

Watch the Introduction: Using Spectrum View Spectrum Analysis on Multiple Channels

Unique Feature 2: MSO6B High Speed ​​Serial and Jitter Test

The MSO6B seamlessly integrates with the DPOJET Essentials jitter and pattern analysis suite, extending the oscilloscope’s ability to obtain measurements in adjacent clock and data cycles in a single real-time acquisition. This enables measurement of key jitter and timing parameters, such as time interval error and phase noise, to help characterize possible system timing problems.

Various analysis tools, such as time trend graphs and histograms, can quickly display timing parameters over time, and spectral analysis can quickly display the precise frequency and amplitude of jitter and modulation sources.

Option 6-DJA adds additional jitter analysis capabilities to better characterize device performance. Thirty-one new measurements provide sophisticated jitter and eye diagram analysis and jitter decomposition algorithms to uncover signal integrity issues and related sources in today’s high-speed serial, digital, and communications system designs. Option 6-DJA also provides eye-diagram mask testing, which automates pass/fail testing.

Watch the introduction: MSO6B High Speed ​​Serial and Jitter Testing

Unique Feature 3: Advanced Power Analysis Provides Fast, Repeatable Power Measurements

The MSO6B also integrates the optional 6-PWR Power Analysis Kit into the oscilloscope’s automated measurement system for fast, repeatable analysis of power quality, inrush current, harmonics, switching losses, safe operating area (SOA), ripple Waves, Magnetic Material Measurements, Efficiency, Control Loop Response (Bode Plot) and Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR).

The automatic measurement function provides excellent measurement quality and repeatability at the touch of a button without the need for an external computer or complex software setup.

Watch the introduction: Measuring the Bode Plot/Control Loop Response of a Power Supply

Unique function 4: Vector signal analysis function examines the modulated signal

Combined with optional analysis software, the MSO6B provides affordable mid-range oscilloscope performance as either a 4-channel 10 GHz bandwidth solution or an 8-channel 5 GHz bandwidth multi-channel multi-domain vector signal analysis (VSA) solution .

When your analysis needs go beyond basic spectrum, amplitude, frequency, and phase versus time, you can use the SignalVu-PC vector signal analysis application. It enables in-depth transient RF signal analysis, detailed RF pulse characterization, and sophisticated analog and digital RF modulation analysis.

For example, Tektronix’ new wireless test method for 5G based on mixed-signal oscilloscopes, combined with dedicated digital downconverters on each channel and SignalVu-PC VSA software, provides a new way to validate 5G NR designs, while traditional RF engineers The limitations of traditional FFT-based oscilloscopes may not have been thought of before.

Watch the Introduction: 5G New Wireless Vector Signal Analysis

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