Tektronix Creates World's Fastest TriMode Measurement Switching Probe

Tektronix, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced the world’s fastest probe to complement the world’s fastest four-channel real-time oscilloscope. At 20 GHz, the new P7520 probe matches the DSA72004 Digital Serial Analyzer (DSA) oscilloscope for bandwidth, providing electrical engineers with the most advanced oscilloscope and probe combination. The P7520 is the latest addition to the P7500 probing family and sets a new record for bandwidth, provides superior signal fidelity with fast risetime and low circuit loading, a “needle nose” form factor, and patented TriMode(tm) measurement switching. When used with the DSA72004, the P7520 enables R&D engineers to debug and validate high-speed serial data circuits up to 10Gbit/s.

Customers in the consumer, communications, computer, and semiconductor areas are increasingly tasked with designing for rapidly evolving standards and having to use more exacting measurement techniques. Moving from a signal environment with moderate consideration for RF effects to one that is dominated by them, they now need to connect to and acquire multiple, fast, complex, signals simultaneously. To do this, they need fast, accurate, and easy-to-use test instruments, beginning with the probe that provides the connection to the device under test (DUT). To meet the latest needs, Tektronix is introducing the 20 GHz P7520. This speed allows customers to debug and validate the 3rd harmonic of 10 Gbit/s signals and do compliance testing to the 5th harmonic on signals up to 8 Gbit/s including PCI-Express 3, SATA Gen-3, and HDMI 1.3. The new probe provides the fastest probing solution in the marketplace.

“Engineers developing state of the art computing and communication equipment need high bandwidth test equipment to efficiently and accurately design, debug, and test their high-speed serial devices,” said Mike Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Measurement Accessories Product Line, Tektronix. “With breakthrough capabilities, excellent signal fidelity, new connectivity features enabling easy access to test signals, and with the highest bandwidth in the market, the new P7520 probe sets the standard for performance, efficiency and ease-of-use. When used with Tektronix’ real-time oscilloscopes, customers will have the highest performing, most efficient measurement system enabling engineers to do more in less time.”

As much as the speed, engineers need instruments that work well together to form complete solutions. When used with Tektronix’ ultra high-performance oscilloscopes such as the DSA70000 and DPO70000 Series, the Tektronix P7520 probe provides the highest signal fidelity and acquisition performance in the industry. The result is a superior test bench to speed design and test of the most advanced products with the fastest and most complex signals.

TriMode Probing
Each new Tektronix P7500 series probe provides patent-pending TriMode measurements providing greater efficiency and ease-of-use. TriMode probing addresses an unmet need in the market by enabling engineers to switch between differential, single-ended, and common mode measurements without moving the probe connections. This allows the engineer to work more efficiently through an ability to probe three points simultaneously and make three different kinds of measurements with one probe and one setup rather than the multiple probes and multiple setups that are currently necessary.

Easy Connectivity
With less chip real estate available for connecting probes, engineers often have difficulty attaching a probe to the DUT. The probe body of the P7520 is streamlined so that several probes are able to fit into confined spaces. Interchangeable probe tip modules provide miniature solder-in tips, interchangeable extension cables assist with reaching difficult to probe areas, and a needle-nose handheld style probe module can be used for both fixtured and handheld applications.

Pricing and Availability
U.S. MSRP pricing for the P7520 is $16,900. Shipments for the P7520 are expected to begin before the end of March, 2008.

About Tektronix
Tektronix is a leading supplier of test, measurement, and monitoring products, solutions and services for the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries – as well as military/aerospace, consumer electronics, education and a broad range of other industries worldwide. With 60 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in 19 countries worldwide.

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