LeCroy Rolls Out New Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes

LeCroy(R) Corporation introduces new high-performance mixed signal oscilloscopes for the popular WaveRunner(R) Xi and WaveSurfer(R) Xs series. With analog bandwidths up to 2 GHz, a maximum digital input frequency of 500 MHz, and long memory of 50 Mpts/ch, LeCroy’s mixed signal oscilloscopes deliver raw performance and the best solutions for serial data busses such as I2C, SPI, UART, RS-232, CAN and LIN. The mixed signal oscilloscopes provide up to 36 digital channels. All analog and digital channels can capture data at full sample rate for long periods of time, with no compromises, since all analog and digital memory is always available and never shared between channels. Perfect timebase synchronization, advanced cross triggering and fast update rates complete the integration of analog and digital worlds.

The increasing number of 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers is now being used creates new challenges for the design and debug of embedded systems. LeCroy’s embedded test solutions provide exactly the powerful, flexible tools needed for understanding address and data lines, as well as analog sensors and serial data signals. They also shorten the development cycle for devices with embedded controllers, DSPs, FPGAs, ADCs, DACs, and transducers.

No Compromises
Available in two models, the new MS series high-performance mixed signal oscilloscopes add powerful tools for the design and debug of embedded systems to the WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs. The MS-500, with a maximum input frequency of 500 MHz, is twice as fast as other mixed signal oscilloscopes. The 500 MHz maximum input frequency is perfect for today’s faster-speed embedded systems, and the 50 Mpts/Ch memory allows long capture of up to 25 ms of digital data at full sample rate, simultaneously, on each of the 18 channels. For added flexibility, the MS-500 mixed signal oscilloscope can be operated in 36-channel mode. This provides more than twice the number of input channels of any other solution and ensures that every important analog and digital signal can be measured. The MS-250 provides the capture of 10 ms of digital data, with speeds up to 250 MHz on 18 channels.

While other mixed signal oscilloscopes force the user to accept shortened memory lengths when turning on more logic channels, the WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs series solutions provide full oscilloscope memory and full digital memory all the time. This provides the best-in-market performance in simultaneous and synchronized measurements of long logic trains and analog signals during system ramp up.

Easy to Use, Streamlined User Interface
The WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs mixed signal oscilloscopes leverage the streamlined LeCroy user interface and simplify how mixed signal oscilloscopes operate. The large 10.4″ color intuitive touch screen graphical user interface and front panel make it easy to view analog and digital channels simultaneously, and eliminate the learning curve associated with logic analyzers. Logic analyzers offer numerous features but often provide a complicated user interface. LeCroy’s interface provides an easy way to turn on and off all analog and digital channels without having to navigate confusing menus. Cursors and automated measurements can be used to measure mixed signals, such as the measurement of skew timing between analog and digital signals.

A wide range of accessories are available to simplify connecting to the device under test. These accessories include a variety of gripper probes in different sizes designed to easily connect to ICs of different pitches. Mictor and 3M interface cables are also available.

Trigger and Decode Solutions Include I2C, SPI, CAN, UART, RS-232 and LIN
With the introduction of the new mixed signal oscilloscopes, digital lines can also be used for triggering I2C, SPI and CAN signals. In addition, LeCroy is introducing new serial data solutions for UART, RS-232 and LIN. The UART and RS-232 solution provides the ability to trigger and decode both RS-232 and generic UART signals. This generic UART format is widely used as a backbone for many proprietary protocols and LeCroy’s UART package can be configured to decode any of these UART-based protocols. The new LIN trigger and decode solution provides full support of LIN 1.3, 2.0 and J2602. Powerful conditional data triggering allows the oscilloscope to trigger when data is in range, out of range, or less than or greater than a defined value.

Powerful, Flexible Triggering
The large number of digital channels time aligned and synchronized to the oscilloscope channels in embedded system measurements create a critical need for powerful and flexible triggering. Both the WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs mixed signal oscilloscopes provide the triggering necessary to guarantee that important events can always be captured and isolated. The analog-digital cross pattern trigger functionality allows for a simple pattern of one or two logic conditions, or a complex pattern consisting of all 36 digital channels plus all 4 analog channels. These patterns can consist of logic states, transitions or don’t care conditions. Adding to the cross pattern trigger is the A-B qualified event trigger. This enables the user to set up one condition to arm the trigger to then trigger on a second condition, allowing a rising edge on an analog signal to arm the oscilloscope to trigger on a pattern of analog and digital waveforms. A wide range of other LeCroy SMART triggers are available to find different pulse widths, glitches or intervals on analog or digital channels, or isolate runts or pulses with varying slew rates on the analog oscilloscope channels.

Mixed signal capability is available on WaveRunner Xi and WaveSurfer Xs oscilloscopes from 200 MHz to 2 GHz with US list prices beginning at $9,180. The MS-500 provides 500 MHz maximum input frequency, 50 Mpts/ch, 2GS/s, 18 channels and is priced at $3,990. A 36-channel mode is enabled through the MSO-DLS-36 option priced at $990. The MS-250 provides 250 MHz maximum input frequency, 10 Mpts/ch, 1 GS/s, 18 channels and is priced at $2,990.

About LeCroy
LeCroy Corporation is a worldwide leader in serial data test solutions, creating advanced instruments that drive product innovation by quickly measuring, analyzing, and verifying complex electronic signals. The Company offers high-performance oscilloscopes, serial data analyzers, and global communications protocol test solutions used by design engineers in the computer and semiconductor, data storage device, automotive and industrial, and military and aerospace markets. LeCroy’s 40-year heritage of technical innovation is the foundation for its recognized leadership in “WaveShape Analysis”—capturing, viewing, and measuring the high-speed signals that drive today’s information and communications technologies. LeCroy is headquartered in Chestnut Ridge, New York.