Tektronix Inc., a provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the MSO70000 Series of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes, the industry’s first high-performance family of integrated MSOs. The instruments have up to 20 channels of measurement capture (4 analog and 16 digital) with analog bandwidth ranging from 4 to 20 GHz and 80 ps digital channel timing resolution. With the MSO70000 introduction, Tektronix now has a complete portfolio of Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes on the market; 17 MSO models are offered, which range from the value-priced portable MSO2000 all the way to the 20GHz MSO72004 – the fastest MSO available.

The MSO70000 Series combines the signal visibility and timing features of a high performance logic analyzer with the analog precision, probing and usability of a high performance real-time oscilloscope. This makes it the ideal debug and verification tool for such demanding high-speed design applications as DDR memory, high performance ASICs, FPGAs, system-on-a-chip devices and digital RF. In addition, the MSO70000 delivers the widest variety of probing accessories for making both analog and digital connections to the device under test (DUT) with minimal disruption.

“Higher-speed MSOs are becoming more important as bus speeds increase in frequency and type. The need to visualize multiple digital buses of gigabit speeds simultaneously while performing analog debug beyond 4 GHz is critical,” said Brian Reich, Vice President, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “In today’s challenging economic environment, an all-in-one solution like the Tektronix MSO70000 offers customers an unmatched combination of performance and versatility for debugging these increasingly complex systems.”

The MSO has emerged as the tool of choice in embedded system engineering, an area where there is a strong need to correlate analog and digital signals. Now, embedded systems like network switches and data servers are incorporating faster technology, necessitating higher performance MSOs. Other application areas such as high speed serial and digital RF increasingly require full system visibility to understand bus contention issues and other timing related concerns.

“The combined analog and digital performance level provided by the new Tektronix MSO70000 give Arria II GX and Stratix IV FPGA designers a robust solution to analyze the logic and high-speed IOs in our devices,” said Mike Li, Principal Architect and Distinguished Engineer, Altera Corp. “Our 40-nm FPGAs provide customers with several leading-edge innovations such as high-speed integrated transceivers and memory interfaces. With the MSO70000, our customers are able to quickly, accurately, and efficiently characterize and evaluate the performance of their entire FPGA design with the same instrument.”