4 Series B MSO from Tektronix.

Tektronix boosts performance of MSO Series 4 B oscilloscopes

  • Tektronix, has announced an evolution of its 4 Series mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSO) , initially launched on the market in June 2019.
  • The new 4 Series B MSOs offer more performance than their predecessors in terms of processing speed as well as data transfer capabilities.
  • They also feature a more responsive touch screen.

4 Series B MSOs share the same touch-optimized user interface as the previous version. However, they feature a more powerful processor, giving them enhanced processing capabilities. According to Daryl Ellis, General Manager of Tektronix’s Mainstream offering, “the user interface of the 4 Series B MSO, designed natively for touch use, is intuitive and informative. It is now twice as responsive”.

According to Tektronix, the new version of the oscilloscope’s processing system significantly increases the response time of the decoding process for over 25 industry-standard serial data buses. It also boosts the speed of algorithm processing and curve plotting, as well as the scope’s remote control operations. The 4 Series B MSO can be accessed and controlled remotely using a simple Internet browser, dedicated TekScope PC software or a customized program via a programming interface.

4 Series B MSOs feature a 13.3″ HD screen (1920×1080) using optical bonding technology, offering better contrast and a wider viewing angle.

They are equipped with more communication interfaces than the previous version. In addition to USB2, HDMI and Ethernet interfaces, they feature 2 USB3 host ports on the rear panel.

Three-phase power analysis

Like the previous generation, 4 Series B MSOs feature four or six analog inputs, with bandwidths of 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz or 1.5 GHz, depending on the model. A 50 MHz generator is also available as an option. The six-input models are therefore ideally suited to power analysis of three-phase systems requiring the measurement of three currents and three voltages.

Their FlexChannels analog inputs can each accommodate an 8-channel digital probe. This means that a 4-channel analog oscilloscope can have up to 32 digital inputs, and a 6-channel analog oscilloscope up to 48 digital inputs. Signals are sampled at a maximum rate of 6.25 GS/s on all channels, with 12-bit vertical resolution.

4 Series B MSOs feature the Spectrum View function, which enables spectrum analysis of multi-channel signals synchronously with the waveforms displayed in the time domain.