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6 GHZ bandwidth, 20 GSa/s instrument claimed to be world's fastest oscilloscope

13 February 2002 Test & Measurement

Tektronix has announced what it says is a revolutionary oscilloscope that provides engineers designing high-speed digital systems with advanced debug and analysis capabilities that are unmatched on today's market.

Building on five decades of experience in the test and measurement of electronic signals, the Tektronix TDS6604 digital storage oscilloscope (DSO) - the world's fastest at 6 Gigahertz (GHz) - is the company's second generation, high-performance silicon germanium (SiGe) instrument.

Says Colin Shepard, Vice President, Oscilloscope Product Line, Tektronix: "Featuring an unparalleled sample rate of 20 GSa/s on two channels simultaneously, this instrument is the best tool for digital design engineers to rapidly and effectively pinpoint faults in emerging serial bus architectures such as InfiniBand, RapidIO, 3GIO, and HyperTransport."

"This instrument is the crowning jewel in Tektronix' oscilloscope product family and joins other industry-leading oscilloscopes, including the 4 GHz TDS7404, the 3 GHz TDS694C, and the 2,5 GHz TDS7254, to clearly affirm Tektronix' market leadership. Engineers now have even more choices when selecting from Tektronix' high-performance oscilloscope portfolio," added Shepard.

With its ability to support single shot acquisition at 6 GHz, the TDS6604 is the first oscilloscope with multiple-channel acquisition at such speeds, says Tektronix. This exceptional performance is key to high-speed signal integrity measurement work; it enables accurate capture of the brief transients and fast signal edges that affect digital system performance. The scope includes Tektronix-pioneered triggering features, which support clock recovery at data rates up to 2,5 Gbps and serial pattern trigger (option ST) at up to 1,25 GigaBaud.

It is also the first DSO to incorporate Tektronix' Open Windows platform. This provides easy access to industry-standard peripherals, networking elements, and analysis tools. The TDS6604 supports Tektronix' broad selection of automated measurement packages such as TDSJIT2 for jitter measurements, TDSUSB2 for USB 2.0 compliance testing, etc. Option SM provides a broad portfolio of masks that allow users to perform conformance testing to electrical standards, such as InfiniBand, Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, USB, Serial ATA and IEEE 1394.

For further information contact Channels Measurement Services, 0800 11 7850.





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