Mixed Signal Oscilloscope for Noise Reduction in Microvolt Signals

Ever imagined getting low noise inputs, increased bandwidth, and easy usability in an oscilloscope?
Tektronix introduced the 6 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscope. This oscilloscope extends the performance threshold of midrange oscilloscopes to 8 GHz and delivers a 25 GS/s sample rate simultaneously on all 4 channels to accommodate the needs of designers working on faster, more complex embedded systems designs.

Low noise at high sensitivity

The 6 Series MSO also boosts measurement accuracy with its low-noise inputs especially at the highest sensitivity settings where it matters most. For example, modern embedded designs require clean, precisely-controlled DC power supplies to feed ASIC and FPGA devices. For such applications, the 6 Series MSO enables designers to measure DC power rails with more resolution and accuracy, reducing the time it takes to understand high frequency influencers on power rails in a design. With 25 GS/s sample rate on all channels, designers can accurately now view up to four high-speed signals at one time. For example, a DDR3 clock and three DDR3 data channels can be viewed and analyzed simultaneously, decreasing the time it takes to fully characterize a design with an instrument that shares sampling systems between channels.

Easy upgradeability

Based on the same platform as the 5 Series MSO, the 6 Series MSO provides easy upgrade ability for long-term investment protection. It features a host of innovations that carry over to the 6 Series MSO including a remarkably intuitive user interface, a capacitive pinch-zoom-swipe 15.6-inch touchscreen, a 12-bit ADC that can deliver up to 16 bits of vertical resolution, a completely new industrial design, and optional Windows 10 operating system.

New levels of signal detail

To meet the need for more insight on faster signals, the 6 Series MSO incorporates a new low-noise preamplifier ASIC, the TEK061, that lowers noise, especially on signals that are in the hundreds of millivolts peak-to-peak. With its 25 GS/s sample rate on four channels, the instrument delivers 16-bit resolution at 200 MHz when using the High Res mode. This means that not only can designers see the interfering signals on their power rail, but they can measure them with a level of accuracy, that until now has not been possible on a scope.
Like the 5 Series MSO, the 6 Series MSO is highly upgradeable and is available with a built-in arbitrary/function generator, a free DVM and trigger frequency counter with product registration, protocol options, and offers a choice of operating system. Also, like the 5 Series MSO, adding a TLP058 logic probe turns any of the instrument’s four inputs into eight digital inputs, providing. the flexible MSO configurations. The 6 Series MSO also has an upgradeable bandwidth, starting at 1 GHz and extending up to 8 GHz with a simple license upgrade.

Additional Features

The main focus of the company stands at the fact of making designers believe that the 6 series along with other models are probably the right choices for them to analyze their working on these scopes. Not only this, these scopes have added x-factor to them like decode and trigger support for CAN FD, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC429 and SENT bus along with serial compliance testing for Automotive Ethernet and USB 2.0.  FastFrame segmented memory, advanced autoset, and power analysis option are also some of the other added features. Apart from these, new high-performance probes (TDP7700), compatible with 6 series, having bandwidths of 4, 6 or 8 GHz, are also being launched by the company. With the help of TekFlex connector technology, these probes help engineers to make high-speed bus analysis. The single-ended, differential probes are extended by TAP4000 and TDP4000 to ensure support till 4 GHz.

Availability & Pricing

The 6 Series MSO prices range somewhere around $23,500 US MSRP for 1 GHz models and $6,000 US MSRP for the new probes. It is expected that the global shipment of these products will start by 2018 autumn.
The enhancements in oscilloscope and other test instruments is also very much necessary to keep up pace with the growing industry 4.0 requirements.


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