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TDS5052 Tektronix Digital Oscilloscope

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The TDS5052 is a 500 MHz, 2 channel digital oscilloscope from Tektronix. Measure voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency and rise times, etc. Applications include troubleshooting, production test, and design.

Additional Features:

  • Bandwidth: 500 MHz
  • 2 Channels
  • Sample Rate: 5Gs/s
  • Record Length: 400 k (1 ch)
  • Color Display
  • 100,000 wfms/s Maximum Waveform Capture Rate
  • Intuitive User Interface for Easy Operation
  • OpenChoice with Windows 2000 Delivers Built-in Networking and Analysis
  • Small Footprint
  • 10.4 in. (264 mm) Bright Display
  • Suite of Advanced Triggers
  • Built-in Printer (Optional)
  • CD-RW Drive (Optional)
  • Interoperability with Tektronix Logic Analyzers

Applications:

  • Digital Design and Debug
  • Investigation of Transient Phenomena
  • Power Measurements
  • Video Design and Debug
  • DVD Analysis
  • Disk Drive Analysis
  • Jitter and Timing Analysis
  • Spectral Analysis
  • Automotive Electronics Design and Debug
  • Manufacturing Test and Quality Control
  • Electro-mechanical Design and Analysis
  • Bio-medical Product Development
  • Industrial Control

The TDS5052 digital phosphor oscilloscope (DPO) delivers up to 500 MHz bandwidth, 5 GS/s real-time sample rate, 400 k record length and 100,000 wfms/s maximum waveform capture rate. This performance, along with a suite of advanced triggers, intuitive user interface, and an open Windows platform, all in a compact benchtop package, provides exceptional value.

DPO

Digital phosphor oscilloscopes provide unmatched insight into signal behavior by displaying, storing and analyzing complex signals in real-time using three dimensions of signal information: amplitude, time and distribution of amplitude over time. The TDS5000 DPO Series delivers fast waveform capture rates, enabled by Tektronix proprietary DPXTM acquisition technology, saving minutes, hours or even days by quickly revealing the nature of faults so sophisticated trigger modes can be applied to isolate them.

Intuitive User Interface

The TDS5000 Series graphical user interface readily adapts to any operating style and environment, making the oscilloscope easy to learn and easy to use. Classic analog-style controls provide instant, front-panel access to the most frequently used functions while the large 10.4 in. (264 mm) display and extensive use of intuitive icons create a highly visual environment with explicit illustration of instrument features.

Users can select traditional instrument-style buttons for navigation or switch to a Microsoft Windows menu bar. Waveform positions, cursor locations, and trigger level can be directly changed using a mouse or optional touch screen. A graphical drag-box can be used to select a waveform area for zooming, histogram analysis or measurement gating. The USB interface allows a mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals to be added without powering off the instrument. A context-sensitive help program supplements graphic control windows and encourages users to apply advanced capabilities to solve their problems.

OpenChoice Architecture

The TDS5000 Series combines a high performance oscilloscope and a PC in a self-contained unit. With DPX acquisition technology, OpenChoice Windows desktop, and application programming interfaces (API) for Windows and UNIX, this series provides exceptionally fast data acquisition, analysis, and network accessibility. By using the embedded PCI bus, waveform data can be moved directly from acquisition to analysis applications on the Windows desktop at much faster speeds than conventional GPIB transfers.

In the Tektronix TDS5000 DPO Series, OpenChoice provides a comprehensive software infrastructure for faster, more versatile operations. Data transfer programs, such as the Excel Toolbar or Report Generator, are used to simplify analysis and documentation on the Windows desktop or on external PCs.

Tektronix’ implementation of industry-standard protocols, such as TekVISA and ActiveX Controls, are included for using and enhancing Windows applications for data analysis and documentation. Or, use the Software Developer’s Kit (SDK) to help create custom software to automate multi-step processes in waveform collection and analysis with Visual BASIC, C, C++, MATLAB, LabVIEW, and other common Application Development Environments (ADE).

Integration of the oscilloscope with external PCs and non-Windows hosts is also supported by the TDS5000 Series software solutions. Plug-and-play drivers are included to enable easy communication with the oscilloscope using GPIB, Serial, and LAN connections from LabVIEW and LabWindows programs running on external PCs. UNIX applications, and other LAN resources, can connect directly using the VXI 11.2 server included on the TDS5000 Series.

Additional Benefits

The TDS5000 Series includes virtually all modern standard interfaces for control and peripheral expansion. An optional built-in printer provides a snapshot and long banner print-outs of waveform and measurement results. An optional CD-RW drive provides convenient and portable mass storage, making data transfer much easier for the user who does not connect the oscilloscope to the network via the standard LAN connection.

Interoperability of the TDS5000 Series with Tektronix logic analyzers enables a time-correlated view of analog and digital signals to quickly track down elusive signal integrity problems in designs.

Applications

The TDS5000 Series’ high performance features make it ideal for a multitude of applications, such as digital design and debug, power measurements, and video design.

Digital Design and Debug

The interoperability of the TDS5000 Series oscilloscope with the Tektronix logic analyzers made possible by Tektronix Integrated View (iView) enables digital designers to solve signal integrity challenges and effectively debug and verify their systems more quickly and easily. The iView feature fully integrates the industry-leading performance and measurement accuracy of a Tektronix oscilloscope with the multi-channel and powerful triggering capabilities of a Tektronix logic analyzer. This integration allows designers to view time-correlated digital and analog data in the same display window and isolate the analog characteristics of the digital signals that are causing failures in their systems. The iView Wizard simplifies this integration of the oscilloscope and logic analyzer by guiding the user through set up and connection. No user calibration is required. And, once set up, the iView feature is completely automated. The result – an integrated tool set for digital design and troubleshooting.

Embedded Design

With its long record length, high sample rate, and intuitive zoom model, the TDS5000 Series simplifies the characterization of today’s high-speed digital buses, making it an ideal tool for critical timing measurements in embedded design applications.

Power Measurements

The TDS5000 Series’ powerful and flexible measurements, math, and math-on-math capabilities make it an ideal solution for making power measurements, such as voltage, current, instantaneous power, and energy for power device designers.

Video Design

Tektronix’ exclusive DPX acquisition technology sets the TDS5000 Series apart from other digital oscilloscopes, enabling the capture of up to 100,000 waveforms per seconds for a live, analog-like display. The TDS5000 Series also supports a wide variety of video standards with dedicated triggers including NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and analog HDTV. In addition, IRE and mV graticules can be selected for easier measurements and visual inspection. All of this together makes the TDS5000 Series an ideal tool for video design and development.

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