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World’s First 100 GS/s Real-time Oscilloscope

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 7:37am
Tektronix, Inc. has released the DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series of digital and mixed signal oscilloscopes that now deliver 100 GS/s sampling rate performance; enabling lower noise along with increased data points on 5x oversampled 20 GHz acquisitions.

This world’s best over-sampling performance in a high bandwidth oscilloscope delivers significant real-world benefits including more accurate signal integrity measurements for such high-speed serial standards as PCI Express Gen 3. Other enhancements include a new, faster compute platform and a more stable timebase, ideal for radar applications.

High-performance oscilloscopes with bandwidth of greater than 4 GHz are used in a variety of high-speed serial, wideband radar, fast optical communications systems, high-end embedded systems, and high-energy physics applications. As designs move to faster and faster data rates, the margin provided by the measurement system becomes a critical factor. The DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series, with its unprecedented 5x oversampling, delivers the performance and signal fidelity designers need to ensure that their latest cutting edge components and systems meet design specifications.

Along with a two-fold increase in sampling rate compared to the “B” Series it replaces, the DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series features a faster compute platform.  This new platform offers faster processing for longer data records such as jitter, noise, BER (bit error rate) measurements and statistics. Boot and application start up times are also significantly quicker.

In any digital oscilloscope, there is a strong correlation between sampling rate and internal noise -- a high sampling rate results in less noise which in turn leads to more margin for the user. As shown by extensive comparison testing, the DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series with 100 GS/s operation delivers up to 20 percent reduction in noise compared to the 50 GS/s setting on the same instrument.

Modern radar designs use frequency and phase modulation within the radar pulses to increase a radar’s range resolution and target identification capabilities. Maintaining the same modulation characteristics from pulse to pulse is key to the system’s operation.

Performance oscilloscopes are the tool of choice for radar pulse measurement, but must have a stable timebase able to stay on frequency for long captures. The DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series meets this requirement with a new high-stability timebase that provides for lower long term jitter, phase and frequency stability. When combined with the pulse and frequency settling measurement capabilities of SignalVu vector signal analysis software, the DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series gives designers of frequency agile radios and radars the ability to accurately verify system performance.

The DPO/DSA/MSO70000C Series oscilloscopes provide the bandwidth and sampling rates needed to debug serial data signals up to 12 Gb/s on all channels simultaneously – ideal for multi-lane applications including PCI Express 3, SATA 6 Gb/s, SuperSpeedUSB , HDMI, DisplayPort, and 10 Gb Ethernet.

The FastAcq acquisition mode provides a capture rate greater than 300,000 waveforms per second – about 100 times faster than competing alternatives – delivering both critical insight into signal behavior and in-depth analysis.

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