If you've been to Tektronix.com recently, you've surely seen a teaser for a new oscilloscope to be announced on February 25. That's interesting, but what could it be? Some people think they know, with one even tweeting that he will get his hands on one. But alas, I'm not among those who claim to know. So, let's see what we can figure out about it.
From the image below, it's obvious that this isn't a high-bandwidth oscilloscope. It seems unlikely that Tek has found a way to get 50 GHz of bandwidth into that package. Tek's highest-bandwidth real-time oscilloscope is 33 GHz. The size indicates it's likely a midrange instrument.
It's clearly an oscilloscope, but what else?
The intriguing words are "6-in-1" so let's speculate here. That line could mean that the oscilloscope has some significant features, but what are they?
Oscilloscope. Well, that's kind of obvious. Clearly it has four channels based on the front panel's four BNC connectors and four vertical-sensitivity knobs. There's a fifth connector on the far right that isn't a BNC. It appears to have threads. The topmost of the three boards shows a hole for the connector that's clearly different from the others. It's probably not a trigger input.
Logic analyzer. That's a good guess. Tek has had logic channels on its oscilloscopes for years. I'll go with that.
Spectrum analyzer. That's obvious, too, because Tek already manufactures the MDO4000 series of mixed-domain oscilloscopes. Look at the screen display. It's surely a spectral plot. The question is: What's the bandwidth?
Multimeter. Other oscilloscopes have had digital multimeters included. For example Agilent's InfiniiVision 2000 X-series oscilloscopes have an optional multimeter.
Function generator. That's another reasonable assumption, given that B&K Precision has that feature in its 2542B-GEN and other oscilloscopes.
So at this point, it think it's safe to say that the new Tektronix oscilloscope is probably in the low-to-midrange of bandwidth. We're probably looking at 100 to 500 MHz, give or take. But we still don’t have 6-in-1. Let's continue...
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