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Farnell element14 introduces Tektronix MDO3000 series oscilloscope

Farnell element14 is today announcing the launch of the MDO3000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) Series, a 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscope from Tektronix reducing cost and maximising workspace.

The MDO3000, priced from £2,250 includes an integrated spectrum analyzer, arbitrary function generator, logic analyzer, protocol analyser, and digital voltmeter/counter. Completely customisable the MDO3000 allows the user to add instruments and performance as required.

Containing an integrated 4-digit digital voltmeter (DVM) and 5-digit frequency counter, any of the analog inputs can be a source for the voltmeter, using the same probes that are already attached for general oscilloscope usage. The display is both numeric and graphical and shows minimum, maximum, and average values of the measurement as well as the range of values measured over the previous five second interval.

A fast waveform capture rate of greater than 280,000 wfm/s with FastAcq facilitates the identification of infrequent problems common in digital systems: runt pulses, glitches, timing issues, and more.

Intensity grading is used to indicate how often rare transients are occurring relative to normal signal characteristics with four waveform palettes available in FastAcq acquisition mode.

The MDO3000 is the first oscilloscope in its class to include an integrated spectrum analyzer with a frequency range of 9 kHz up to the analog bandwidth of the instrument which can be upgraded to 3 GHz (option MDO3SA), enabling spectral analysis on most consumer wireless standards.

A number of additional optional features are available to upgrade the scope.

Chris Godfrey, Global Product Director Test & Tools, Premier Farnell, said: “We are pleased to grow our Tektronix range with the addition of the MDO3000. As designs are becoming integrated, so too should the oscilloscopes used to test them. Our drive is to support the customer from design right through to production and this product’s great range of features makes it easier for engineers to diagnose problems quickly and efficiently.”

Dave Farrell, general manager, Mainstream Oscilloscopes at Tektronix, said: “There’s a fundamental shift with regard to wireless in embedded systems. With RF technologies so established and affordable, they are becoming as accepted and widely used as serial data was a few years ago. In addition, with digital signals increasing in speed, the effects of electromagnetic interference (EMI) has become a common problem requiring looking at the RF spectrum of even non-wireless systems. Just as MSOs have replaced analog-only oscilloscopes, it follows that MDOs are the next logical evolution and are becoming the accepted mainstream industry standard.”


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Farnell element14 is a high-service distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair. Bringing together the latest products, services, and development software, all connected to an innovative online engineering community where purchasers and engineers can access peers and experts, a wide range of independent technical information and helpful tools. Whether researching a new technology, designing an electronic product, or looking for parts to repair an existing system, Farnell is the trusted source to find the answers and parts you need to keep your project on the fast track, right from the start.

Farnell element14 is the operating business of Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) in Europe.

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February 2014

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