Given this week's four oscilloscope announcements, I've decided to declare "International Oscilloscope Week" because the companies hail from three different countries (US, UK, and Germany). Here's a summary of this week's announcements.
Monday, February 24
UK-based Pico Technology announced the PicoScope 4824, an eight-channel, 12-bit, USB oscilloscope. Aimed at audio, vibration, mixed-signal, and power applications, the 4824 connects to a PC using USB 3.0 and doesn't require an external power supply. It's also a function generator and arbitrary waveform generator.
Pico Technology 4824, 8-channel, 12-bit oscilloscope.
Tuesday, February 25
Following much speculation, Tektronix announced the MDO3000 series of 6-in-1 oscilloscopes. Three of the six parts (logic analyzer, protocol analyzer, and waveform generator) are options. A fourth (DVM) is free, but only after you register the instrument. All models include the oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer functions.
Tektronix MDO3104, part of the MDO3000 series.
Also on Tuesday, Agilent Technologies announced a new user interface for its Infiniium line of real-time oscilloscopes. The new interface lets you display numerous measurements at once in different windows that you can place on the screen.
Agilent Technologies new user interface for the Infiniium line of real-time oscilloscopes.
Wednesday, February 26
German instrument maker Rohde & Schwarz announced the RTE oscilloscope line. Consisting of eight models the RTE line covers four bandwidths (200 MHz to 1 GHz) with two or four channels. Aimed at solving problems with EMI, power analysis, power integrity, embedded systems, and cross-domain debugging, the RTE line has an MSO option that adds 16 logic inputs.
Rohde & Schwarz RTE oscilloscope showing the logic-input option.
The oscilloscopes from Pico Technology, Rohde & Schwarz, and Tektronix will be on display at EE Live. I'm sure we'll see the new Infiniium user interface at DesignCon 2015, but under the Keysight Technologies banner.
Martin Rowe, Senior Technical Editor