Digital oscilloscopes offer true USB plug-and-play connectivity
To simplify configuration, testing and documentation for design and test engineers, the new series of digital storage oscilloscopes from Tektronix, Inc. have been designed with a variety of features that offer many unprecedented values. With a full complement of USB ports and connectivity options, the TDS1000B and TDS2000B series of digital storage oscilloscopes provide up to 200 MHz bandwidth, 2 Gsps maximum sample rate per channel, USB flash and device ports. In addition, the 2- and 4-channel TDS1000B and TDS2000B series oscilloscopes offer the industry’s first lifetime warranty, claims Tektronix. Furthermore, the oscilloscopes include both Tektronix OpenChoice PC communication software and National Instruments’ SignalExpress Tektronix Edition interactive measurement software, the latter featuring true USB plug-and-play oscilloscope-to-PC connectivity.
The TDS1000B and TDS2000B series further enhances productivity by providing three ways for engineers to quickly and easily capture measurement results. A front-panel USB host port conveniently allows an engineering technician at a job site to use a USB flash drive to capture waveform data, waveform images, and instrument setups. At the bench, seamless oscilloscope-to-PC connectivity using the USB device port and a choice of two industry-leading PC communications software packages simplifies capturing, analyzing and sharing measurements. The USB device port can also be used for printing with any PictBridge compatible printer, enabling printing with the push of one button.
The TDS1000B and TDS2000B series include two PC communication software packages, Tektronix OpenChoice PC Communication software and NI SignalExpress Tektronix edition interactive measurement software.
OpenChoice PC Communication software provides a simple user interface to pull screen images and waveform data into a standalone desktop application or directly into Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Additionally, Tektronix has again teamed with National Instruments to offer NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition, which features USB plug-and-play oscilloscope-to-PC connectivity. Using USB, an auto-detect USB plug-and-play dialog appears on the PC immediately upon connecting to a TDS1000B or TDS2000B oscilloscope. A single click of the mouse then connects NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition to the oscilloscope to immediately begin capturing live measurement data and displaying on the PC, resulting in faster time to information and insight.
“National Instruments and Tektronix share the goal of helping engineers and technicians become more productive,” said Tim Dehne, senior vice president of research and development at National Instruments. “The USB plug-and-play connectivity of the TDS1000B and TDS2000B greatly simplifies instrument configuration, and users can quickly access live measurements with the NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition software.”
List prices for the TDS1000B and TDS2000B series range from $850 for the TDS1001B model to $2290 for the TDS2024B model. NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition base version is included free of charge with the TDS1000B and TDS2000B series. A 30-day trial of the Professional version is included with each instrument. Users can upgrade to the NI SignalExpress Tektronix Edition Professional version for a U.S. MSRP of $995, which provides additional signal processing, advanced analysis, mixed signal, sweeping, limit testing, and user-defined step capabilities. Also, limitations apply for the limited lifetime warranty.
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