NEW Tektronix MSO44, 4 Ch. 1 GHz Oscilloscope
- 4 or 6 FlexChannel® inputs
- Each FlexChannel provides:
- One analog signal that can be displayed as a waveform view, a spectrum view 1, or both simultaneously
- Eight digital logic inputs with TLP058 logic probe
Bandwidth (all analog channels)
- 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.5 GHz (upgradable)
Sample rate (all analog / digital channels)
- Real-time: 6.25 GS/s
Record length (all analog / digital channels)
- 31.25 Mpoints standard (62.5 Mpoints optional upgrade)
Waveform capture rate
- >500,000 waveforms/s
- 12-bit ADC
- Up to 16-bits in High Res mode
Tektronix MSO44 4 Ch. 1 GHz Oscilloscope
Strength in numbers
- 4 or 6 FlexChannel® inputs
- Each FlexChannel provides:
- One analog signal that can be displayed as a waveform view, a spectrum view1, or both simultaneously
- Eight digital logic inputs with TLP058 logic probe
Bandwidth (all analog channels)
- 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.5 GHz (upgradable)
Sample rate (all analog / digital channels)
- Real-time: 6.25 GS/s
Record length (all analog / digital channels)
- 31.25 Mpoints standard (62.5 Mpoints optional upgrade)
Waveform capture rate
- >500,000 waveforms/s
- 12-bit ADC
- Up to 16-bits in High Res mode
Standard trigger types
- Edge, Pulse Width, Runt, Timeout, Window, Logic, Setup & Hold, Rise/Fall Time, Parallel Bus, Sequence, Visual Trigger, Video (optional), RF vs. Time (optional)
- Auxiliary Trigger ≤300 VRMS (Edge Trigger only)
- Cursors: Waveform, V Bars, H Bars, V&H Bars
- Measurements: 36
- Spectrum View: Frequency-domain analysis with independent controls for frequency and time domains
- FastFrameTM: Segmented memory acquisition mode with maximum trigger rate >5,000,000 waveforms per second
- Plots: Time Trend, Histogram, and Spectrum
- Math: Basic waveform arithmetic, FFT, and advanced equation editor
- Search: Search on any trigger criteria
- Advanced Spectrum View
- Mask/Limit Testing
- Advanced Power Measurements and Analysis
- Three-Phase Electrical Analysis (MSO46 only)
Optional serial bus trigger, decode, and analysis
- I2C, SPI, eSPI, I3C, RS-232/422/485/UART, SPMI, SMBus, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, SENT, PSI5, CXPI, USB 2.0, eUSB2, Ethernet, EtherCAT, Audio, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC`429, Spacewire, NRZ, Manchester, SVID, SDLC, 1-Wire, MDIO
- 50 MHz waveform generation
- Waveform Types: Arbitrary, Sine, Square, Pulse, Ramp, Triangle, DC Level, Gaussian, Lorentz, Exponential Rise/Fall, Sin(x)/x, Random Noise, Haversine, Cardiac
- 4-digit AC RMS, DC, and DC+AC RMS voltage measurements
Trigger frequency counter2
- 13.3-inch (338 mm) TFT color
- High Definition (1,920 x 1,080) resolution
- Capacitive (multi-touch) touchscreen
- USB 2.0 Host, USB 2.0 Device (5 ports); LAN (10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet); HDMI 3
- Remotely view and control the oscilloscope over a network connection through a standard web browser
- 3 years standard
- 11.299 in (286.99 mm) H x 17.7 in (450 mm) W x 6.1 in (155 mm) D
- Weight: <16.8 lbs. (7.6 kg)
With a remarkably innovative pinch-swipe-zoom touchscreen user interface, a high-definition display, and 4 or 6 FlexChannel® inputs that let you measure one analog or eight digital signals per channel, the 4 Series MSO is ready for today’s toughest challenges, and tomorrow’s too. It sets a new standard for performance, analysis, and overall user experience.
Never let a lack of channels slow down your verification and debug process again!
The 4 Series MSO offers better visibility into complex systems by offering four and six channel models with a 13.3-inch high-definition (1,920 x 1,080) display. Many applications, such as embedded systems, three-phase power electronics, automotive electronics, power supply design, and DC-to-DC power converters, require the observation of more than four analog signals to verify and characterize device performance, and to debug challenging system issues.
Most engineers can recall situations in which they were debugging a particularly difficult problem and wanted greater system visibility and context, but the scope they were using was limited to two or four analog channels. Using a second scope involves significant effort to align trigger points, difficulty in determining timing relationships across the two displays, and documentation challenges.
And while you might assume that a six channel scope would cost 50% more than a four-channel scope, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that six channel models are only ~20% more than four channel models. The additional analog channels can pay for themselves quickly by enabling you to keep current and future projects on schedule.
FlexChannel® technology enables maximum flexibility and broader system visibility
The 4 Series MSO redefines what a Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO) should be. FlexChannel technology enables each channel input to be used as a single analog channel, eight digital logic inputs (with the TLP058 logic probe), or simultaneous analog and spectrum views 4 with independent acquisition controls for each domain. Imagine the flexibility and configurability this provides.
With a six FlexChannel model, you can configure the instrument to look at six analog and zero digital signals. Or five analog and eight digital. Or four analog and 16 digital, three analog and 24 digital and so on. You can change the configuration at any time by simply adding or removing TLP058 logic probes, so you always have the right number of digital channels.
Previous-generation MSOs required tradeoffs, with digital channels having lower sample rates or shorter record lengths than analog channels. The 4 Series MSO offers a new level of integration of digital channels. Digital channels share the same high sample rate (up to 6.25 GS/s), and long record length (up to 62.5M points) as analog channels.
Unprecedented signal viewing capability
The stunning 13.3-inch (338 mm) display in the 4 Series MSO is the largest display in its class It is also the highest resolution display, with full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080), enabling you to see many signals at once with ample room for critical readouts and analysis.
The viewing area is optimized to ensure that the maximum vertical space is available for waveforms. The Results Bar on the right can be hidden, enabling the waveform view to use the full width of the display.
The 4 Series MSO offers a revolutionary new Stacked display mode. Historically, scopes have overlaid all waveforms in the same graticule, forcing difficult tradeoffs:
- To make each waveform visible, you vertically scale and position each waveform so that they don’t overlap. Each waveform uses a small percentage of the available ADC range, leading to less accurate measurements.
- For measurement accuracy, you vertically scale and position each waveform to cover the entire display. The waveforms overlap each other, making it hard to distinguish signal details on individual waveforms
The new Stacked display eliminates this tradeoff. It automatically adds and removes additional horizontal waveform ‘slices’ (additional graticules) as waveforms are created and removed. Each slice represents the full ADC range for the waveform. All waveforms are visually separated from each other while still using the full ADC range, enabling maximum visibility and accuracy. And it’s all done automatically as waveforms are added or removed! Channels can easily be reordered in stacked display mode by dragging and dropping the channel and waveform badges in the Settings bar at the bottom of the display. Groups of channels can also be overlaid within a slice to simplify visual comparison of signals.
The large display in the 4 Series MSO also provides plenty of viewing area not only for signals, but also for plots, measurement results tables, bus decode tables and more. You can easily resize and relocate the various views to suit your application.
Exceptionally easy-to-use user interface lets you focus on the task at hand
The Settings Bar – key parameters and waveform management
Waveform and scope operating parameters are displayed in a series of “badges” in the Settings Bar that runs along the bottom of the display. The Settings Bar provides Immediate access for the most common waveform management tasks. With a single tap, you can:
- Turn on channels
- Add math waveforms
- Add reference waveforms
- Add bus waveforms
- Enable the optional integrated Arbitrary/Function generator (AFG)
- Enable the optional integrated digital voltmeter (DVM)
The Results Bar – analysis and measurements
The Results Bar on the right side of the display includes immediate, one-tap access to the most common analytical tools such as cursors, measurements, searches, measurement and bus decode results tables, plots, and notes.
DVM, measurement and search results badges are displayed in the Results Bar without sacrificing any waveform viewing area. For additional waveform viewing area, the Results Bar can be dismissed and brought back at any time.
Touch interaction finally done right
Scopes have included touch screens for years, but the touch interface has been an afterthought. The 4 Series MSO ‘s display includes a capacitive touchscreen and provides the industry’s first oscilloscope user interface truly designed for touch.
The touch interactions that you use with phones and tablets, and expect in a touch enabled device, are supported in the 4 Series MSO .
- Drag waveforms left/right or up/down to adjust horizontal and vertical position or to pan a zoomed view
- Pinch and expand to change scale or zoom in/out in either horizontal or vertical directions
- Drag items to the trash can or drag them off the edge of the screen to delete them
- Swipe in from the right to reveal the Results Bar or down from the top to access the menus in the upper left corner of the display
Smooth, responsive front panel controls allow you to make adjustments with familiar knobs and buttons, and you can add a mouse or keyboard as a third interaction method.
Variable font size
Historically, oscilloscope user interfaces have been designed with fixed font sizes to optimize viewing of waveforms and readouts. This implementation is fine if all users have the same viewing preferences, but they don’t. Users spend a significant amount of time staring at screens, and Tektronix recognizes this. The 4 Series MSO offers a user preference for variable font sizes; scaling down to 12 points or up to 20 points. As you adjust the font size, the user interface dynamically scales so you can easily choose the best size for your application.
Attention to detail in the front-panel controls
Traditionally, the front face of a scope has been roughly 50% display and 50% controls. The 4 Series MSO display fills about 75% of the face of the instrument. To achieve this, it has a streamlined front panel that retains critical controls for simple intuitive operation, but with a reduced number of menu buttons for functions directly accessed via objects on the display.
Color-coded LED light rings indicate trigger source and vertical scale/position knob assignments. Large, dedicated Run/ Stop and Single Sequence buttons are placed prominently in the upper right, and other functions like Force Trigger, Trigger Slope, Trigger Mode, Default Setup, Auto-set and Quick-save functions are all available using dedicated front panel buttons.
Experience the performance difference
Digital Phosphor technology with FastAcq™ high-speed waveform capture
To debug a design problem, first you must know it exists. Digital phosphor technology with FastAcq provides you with fast insight into the real operation of your device. Its fast waveform capture rate – greater than 500,000 waveforms per second – gives you a high probability of seeing the infrequent problems common in digital systems: runt pulses, glitches, timing issues, and more. To further enhance the visibility of rarely occurring events, intensity grading indicates how often rare transients are occurring relative to normal signal characteristics.
Industry leading vertical resolution
The 4 Series MSO provides the performance to capture the signals of interest while minimizing the effects of unwanted noise when you need to capture high-amplitude signals while seeing smaller signal details. At the heart of the 4 Series MSO are 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that provide 16 times the vertical resolution of traditional 8-bit ADCs.
A new High Res mode applies a hardware-based unique Finite Impulse Response (FIR) filter based on the selected sample rate. The FIR filter maintains the maximum bandwidth possible for that sample rate while preventing aliasing and removing noise from the oscilloscope amplifiers and ADC above the usable bandwidth for the selected sample rate. High Res mode always provides at least 12 bits of vertical resolution and extends all the way to 16 bits of vertical resolution at ≤125 MS/s sample rates.
New lower-noise front end amplifiers further improve the 4 Series MSO ‘s ability to resolve fine signal detail.
Discovering a device fault is only the first step. Next, you must capture the event of interest to identify root cause. The 4 Series MSO provides a complete set of advanced triggers, including:
- Pulse width
- Rise/Fall time
- Setup and Hold violation
- Serial packet
- Parallel data
- Visual Trigger
- RF vs. Time (optional)
With up to a 62.5 Mpoint record length, you can capture many events of interest, even thousands of serial packets in a single acquisition, providing high-resolution to zoom in on fine signal details and record reliable measurements.
Visual Trigger – finding the signal of interest quickly
Finding the right cycle of a complex bus can require hours of collecting and sorting through thousands of acquisitions for an event of interest. Defining a trigger that isolates the desired event speeds up debug and analysis efforts.
Visual Trigger extends the instrument’s triggering capabilities by scanning through all waveform acquisitions and comparing them to on-screen areas (geometric shapes). You can create an unlimited number of areas using the mouse or touchscreen, and a variety of shapes (triangles, rectangles, hexagons, or trapezoids) can be used to specify the desired trigger behavior. Once shapes are created, they can be edited interactively to create custom shapes and ideal trigger conditions. Once multiple areas are defined, a Boolean logic equation can be used to set complex trigger conditions using on-screen editing features.
By triggering only on the most important signal events, Visual Trigger can save hours of capturing and manually searching through acquisitions. In seconds or minutes, you can find the critical events and complete your debug and analysis efforts. Visual Trigger even works across multiple channels, extending its usefulness to complex system troubleshooting and debug tasks.
Accurate high-speed probing
The TPP Series passive voltage probes offer all the benefits of general-purpose probes – high dynamic range, flexible connection options, and robust mechanical design – while providing the performance of active probes. Up to 1 GHz analog bandwidth enables you to see high frequency components in your signals, and extremely low 3.9 pF capacitive loading minimizes adverse effects on your circuits and is more forgiving of longer ground leads.
An optional, low-attenuation (2X) version of the TPP probe is available for measuring low voltages. Unlike other low-attenuation passive probes, the TPP0502 has high bandwidth (500 MHz) as well as low capacitive loading (12.7 pF).
The TekVPI® probe interface sets the standard for ease of use in probing. In addition to the secure, reliable connection that the interface provides, many TekVPI probes feature status indicators and controls, as well as a probe menu button right on the comp box itself. This button brings up a probe menu on the oscilloscope display with all relevant settings and controls for the probe. The TekVPI interface enables direct attachment of current probes without requiring a separate power supply. TekVPI probes can be controlled remotely through USB or LAN, enabling more versatile solutions in ATE environments. The 4 Series MSO provides up to 80 W of power to the front panel connectors, sufficient to power all connected TekVPI probes without the need for an additional probe power supply.
IsoVu™ Isolated Measurement System
Whether designing an inverter, optimizing a power supply, testing communication links, measuring across a current shunt resistor, debugging EMI or ESD issues, or trying to eliminate ground loops in your test setup, common mode interference has caused engineers to design, debug, evaluate, and optimize “blind” until now.
Tektronix’ revolutionary IsoVu technology uses optical communications and power-over-fiber for complete galvanic isolation. When combined with the 4 Series MSO equipped with the TekVPI interface, it is the first, and only, measurement system capable of accurately resolving high bandwidth, differential signals, in the presence of large common mode voltage with:
- Complete galvanic isolation
- Up to 1 GHz bandwidth
- 1 Million to 1 (120 dB) common mode rejection at 100 MHz
- 10,000 to 1 (80 dB) of common mode rejection at full bandwidth
- Up to 2,500 V differential dynamic range
- 60 kV common mode voltage range
High-side Gate Voltage Measurement with IsoVu
The image above shows a comparison of the high-side gate voltage for a standard differential probe versus an optically isolated probe. For both at turn-off and turn-on, high-frequency ringing can be seen on the gate after the device’s gate passes through the threshold region. Due to coupling between the gate and power loop, some ringing is expected. However, in the case of the differential probe, the ringing has a significantly higher amplitude than is measured by the optically isolated probe. This is likely due to the changing reference voltage inducing common mode currents within the probe and an artifact of a standard differential probe. While the waveform measured by the differential probe appears to pass the maximum gate voltage of the device, the more accurate measurement of the optically isolated probe makes it clear that the device is within specification. Application designers using standard differential probes for gate voltage measurements should use caution as it may not be possible to differentiate between the probing and measurement system artifact shown here and an actual violation of the device ratings. This measurement artifact may cause the designer to increase the gate resistance to slow down the switching transient and reduce the ringing. However, this would unnecessarily increase losses in the SiC device. For this reason, it is essential to have a measurement system that accurately reflects the actual dynamics of the device, in order to appropriately design the system and optimize performance.
Comprehensive analysis for fast insight
Basic waveform analysis
Verifying that your prototype’s performance matches simulations and meets the project’s design goals requires careful analysis, ranging from simple checks of rise times and pulse widths to sophisticated power loss analysis, characterization of system clocks, and investigation of noise sources.
The 4 Series MSO offers a comprehensive set of standard analysis tools including:
- Waveform- and screen-based cursors
- 36 automated measurements. Measurement results include all instances in the record, the ability to navigate from one occurrence to the next, and immediate viewing of the minimum or maximum result found in the record
- Basic waveform math
- Basic FFT analysis
- Advanced waveform math including arbitrary equation editing with filters and variables
- Spectrum view frequency domain analysis with independent controls for time and frequency domains
- FastFrame™ Segmented Memory enables you to make efficient use of the oscilloscope’s acquisition memory by capturing many trigger events in a single record while eliminating the large time gaps between events of interest. View and measure the segments individually or as an overlay.
Measurement results tables provide comprehensive statistical views of measurement results with statistics across both the current acquisition and all acquisitions.
Documenting test results and methods is critical when sharing data across a team, recreating a measurement at a later date, or delivering a customer report. With a few taps on the screen, you can create as many custom callouts as needed; enabling you to document the specific details of your test results. With each callout, you can customize the text, location, color, font size, and font.
Navigation and search
Finding your event of interest in a long waveform record can be time consuming without the right search tools. With today’s record lengths of many millions of data points, locating your event can mean scrolling through literally thousands of screens of signal activity.
The 4 Series MSO offers the industry’s most comprehensive search and waveform navigation with its innovative Wave Inspector® controls. These controls speed panning and zooming through your record. With a unique force-feedback system, you can move from one end of your record to the other in just seconds. Or, use intuitive drag and pinch/expand gestures on the display itself to investigate areas of interest in a long record.
The Search feature allows you to automatically search through your long acquisition looking for user-defined events. All occurrences of the event are highlighted with search marks and are easily navigated to, using the Previous ( ← ) and Next ( → ) buttons found on the front panel or on the Search badge on the display. Search types include edge, pulse width, timeout, runt, window, logic, setup and hold, rise/fall time and parallel/serial bus packet content. You can define as many unique searches as you like.
You can also quickly jump to the minimum and maximum value of search results by using the Min and Max buttons on the Search badge.
Mask and limit testing (optional)
Whether you are focused on signal integrity or setting up pass/fail conditions for production, mask testing is an efficient tool to characterize the behavior of certain signals in a system. Quickly create custom masks by drawing mask segments on the screen. Tailor a test to your specific requirements and set actions to take when a mask hit is registered, or when a complete test passes or fails.
Limit testing is an insightful way to monitor the long-term behavior of signals, helping you characterize a new design or confirm hardware performance during production line testing. Limit tests compare your live signal to an ideal, or “golden” version of the same signal with user-defined vertical and horizontal tolerances.
You can easily tailor a mask or limit test to your specific requirements by:
- Defining test duration in number of waveforms
- Setting a violation threshold that must be met before considering a test a failure
- Counting violations/failures and reporting statistical information
- Setting actions upon violations, test failure, and test complete
Serial protocol triggering and analysis (optional)
During debugging, it can be invaluable to trace the flow of activity through a system by observing the traffic on one or more serial buses. It could take many minutes to manually decode a single serial packet, much less the thousands of packets that may be present in a long acquisition.
And if you know the event of interest that you are attempting to capture occurs when a particular command is sent across a serial bus, wouldn’t it be nice if you could trigger on that event? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as simply specifying an edge or a pulse width trigger.
The 4 Series MSO offers a robust set of tools for working with the most common serial buses found in embedded design including I2C, SPI, eSPI, I3C, RS-232/422/485/UART, SPMI, SMBus, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, SENT, PSI5, CXPI, USB LS/FS/HS, eUSB2.0, Ethernet 10/100, EtherCAT, Audio (I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM), MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429, Spacewire, NRZ, Manchester, SVID, SDLC, 1-Wire, and MDIO.
Serial protocol search enables you to search through a long acquisition of serial packets and find the ones that contain the specific packet content you specify. Each occurrence is highlighted by a search mark. Rapid navigation between marks is as simple as pressing the Previous ( ← ) and Next ( → ) buttons on the front panel or in the Search badge that appears in the Results Bar.
The tools described for serial buses also work on parallel buses. Support for parallel buses is standard in the 4 Series MSO. Parallel buses can be up to 48 bits wide and can include a combination of analog and digital channels.
- Serial protocol triggering lets you trigger on specific packet content including start of packet, specific addresses, specific data content, unique identifiers, and errors.
- Bus waveforms provide a higher-level, combined view of the individual signals (clock, data, chip enable, and so on) that make up your bus, making it easy to identify where packets begin and end, and identifying sub-packet components such as address, data, identifier, CRC, and so on.
- The bus waveform is time aligned with all other displayed signals, making it easy to measure timing relationships across various parts of the system under test.
- Bus decode tables provide a tabular view of all decoded packets in an acquisition much like you would see in a software listing. Packets are time stamped and listed consecutively with columns for each component (Address, Data, and so on).
It is often easier to debug an issue by viewing one or more signals in the frequency domain. Oscilloscopes have included math-based FFTs for decades in an attempt to address this need. However, FFTs are notoriously difficult to use for two primary reasons.
First, when performing frequency-domain analysis, you think about controls like Center Frequency, Span, and Resolution Bandwidth (RBW), as you would typically find on a spectrum analyzer. But then you use an FFT, where you are stuck with traditional scope controls like sample rate, record length and time/div and have to perform all the mental translations to try to get the view you’re looking for in the frequency-domain.
Second, FFTs are driven by the same acquisition system that’s delivering the analog time-domain view. When you optimize acquisition settings for the analog view, your frequency-domain view isn’t what you want. When you get the frequency-domain view you want, your analog view is not what you want. With math-based FFTs, it is virtually impossible to get optimized views in both domains.
Spectrum View changes all of this. Tektronix’ patented technology provides both a decimator for the time-domain and a digital downconverter for the frequency-domain behind each FlexChannel. The two different acquisition paths let you simultaneously observe both time- and frequency-domain views of the input signal with independent acquisition settings for each domain. Other manufacturers offer various ‘spectral analysis’ packages that claim ease-of-use, but they all exhibit the limitations described above. Only Spectrum View provides both exceptional ease-of-use and the ability to achieve optimal views in both domains simultaneously.
Visualizing changes in the RF signal (optional)
RF time domain traces make it easy to understand what’s happening with a time-varying RF signal. There are three RF time domain traces that are derived from the underlying I and Q data of Spectrum View:
- Magnitude – The instantaneous amplitude of the spectrum vs. time.
- Frequency – The instantaneous frequency of the spectrum relative to the center frequency vs. time.
- Phase – The instantaneous phase of the spectrum relative to the center frequency vs. time.
Each of these traces can be turned on and off independently, and all three can be displayed simultaneously.
Triggering on changes in the RF signal (optional)
Whether you need to find the source of electromagnetic interference or understand the behavior of a VCO, hardware triggers for RF versus time make it easy to isolate, capture, and understand the RF signal behavior. Trigger on edges, pulse widths, and timeout behavior of RF magnitude vs. time and RF frequency vs. time.
Power analysis (optional)
The 4 Series MSO has also integrated the optional 4-PWR-BAS/SUP4-PWR-BAS power analysis package into the oscilloscope’s automatic measurement system to enable quick and repeatable analysis of power quality, input capacitance, in-rush current, harmonics, switching loss, safe operating area (SOA), modulation, ripple, efficiency, amplitude and timing measurements, and slew rate (dv/dt and di/dt).
Measurement automation optimizes the measurement quality and repeatability at the touch of a button, without the need for an external PC or complex software setup.
An optional 4-PWR/SUP4-PWR advanced power analysis package provides all the measurements delivered by 4-PWR-BAS/SUP4-PWR-BAS plus Magnetics measurements, Control Loop Response (Bode Plot), and Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR)
Three-phase electrical analysis (optional)
Measurements and analysis of the three-phase power systems are inherently more complex than on the single-phase systems. Although oscilloscopes can capture voltage and current waveforms with high sample rates, further calculations are required to generate the key power measurements from the data. The oscilloscope based three-phase solution captures the three-phase voltage and current waveforms with the higher sample rates and longer record lengths using the HiRes acquisition mode up to 16-bits. Also, the three-phase solution generates the key power test results with the support of automated measurements. The power converters based on the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) can complicate measurements since it is very important to extract precise zero crossings for the PWM signals, thus making an oscilloscope a recommended test tool for validation and troubleshooting for designers.
The software is designed specially to automate the power analysis that simplifies the important three-phase power measurements on the PWM systems and helps the engineers to get faster insights into their designs. The three-phase analysis (Option 4-3PHASE) solution from Tektronix helps the engineer’s design better and more efficient three-phase systems, taking full advantage of the advanced user interface, six analog input channels, and ‘High Res’ mode (16 bits) on the 4 Series MSO. The solution provides fast, accurate, and repeatable results for the supported electrical measurements. It can also be configured to measure DC to three-phase AC converters, such as those used in the electric vehicles.
Key features and specifications:
- Accurately analyze three-phase PWM signals.
- Unique oscilloscope-based phasor diagrams indicate the VRMS, IRMS, VMAG, IMAG, and phase relationships at a glance for the configured wiring pairs.
- Debug the three-phase designs by viewing the drive input / output voltage and current signals in the time domain simultaneously with the phasor diagram.
- The Three-phase Autoset feature configures the oscilloscope for the optimal horizontal, vertical, trigger, and acquisition parameters for acquiring three-phase signals.
- Measures three-phase harmonics as per the IEEE-519 standard or using custom limits.
- Quickly add and configure measurements through the intuitive drag and drop interface on the 4 Series MSO.
- Analyze Inverter and automotive three-phase designs for DC-AC topology.
- Displays the PWM filtered edge qualifier waveform during the analysis
- Displays the test results per record, or per cycle mode during analysis for specific measurements.
- Supports Time trend and Acquisition trend plots for specific measurements.
- Supports mathematical conversion of Line-to-Line to Line-to-Neutral for specific wirings.
The three-phase analysis on the 4 Series MSO automates key electrical measurements which are grouped into three categories:
- Input analysis
- Output analysis
- Ripple analysis
Each of these sections includes key measurements that are critical to the three-phase applications.
Designed with your needs in mind
The 4 Series MSO contains a number of ports which you can use to connect the instrument to a network, directly to a PC, or to other test equipment.
- Three USB 2.0 ports on the front and two more USB 2.0 host ports on the rear panel enable easy transfer of screen shots, instrument settings, and waveform data to a USB mass storage device. A USB mouse and keyboard can also be attached to USB host ports for instrument control and data entry.
- The rear panel USB Device port is useful for controlling the oscilloscope remotely from a PC.
- The standard 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet port on the rear of the instrument enables easy connection to networks and provides LXI Core 2011 compatibility.
- The HDMI port on the rear of the instrument lets you duplicate the instrument display on an external monitor or projector with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.
Remote operation to improve collaboration
Want to collaborate with a design team on the other side of the world?
The embedded e*Scope® capability enables fast control of the oscilloscope over a network connection through a standard web browser. Simply enter the IP address or network name of the oscilloscope and a web page will be served to the browser. Control the oscilloscope remotely in the exact same way that you do in-person.
The industry-standard TekVISA™ protocol interface is included for using and enhancing Windows applications for data analysis and documentation. IVI-COM instrument drivers are included to enable easy communication with the oscilloscope using LAN or USBTMC connections from an external PC.
PC-based analysis and remote connection to your oscilloscope
Get the analysis capability of an award-winning oscilloscope on your PC. Analyze waveforms anywhere, anytime. The basic license lets you view and analyze waveforms, perform many types of measurements and decode the most common serial buses – all while remotely accessing your oscilloscope. Advanced license options add capabilities such as multi-scope analysis, more serial bus decoding options, jitter analysis and power measurements.
Key features of the TekScope PC analysis software include:
- Recall Tektronix oscilloscope sessions and waveform files from the equipment made by Tektronix and other vendors.
- Waveform file formats supported include .wfm, .isf, .csv, .h5, .tr0, .trc, and .bin
- Remotely connect to the Tektronix 4/5/6 Series MSO’s to acquire data in real-time
- Share the data remotely with your colleagues so that they can perform analysis and make measurements as if they were sitting in front of the oscilloscope
- Synchronize waveforms from the multiple oscilloscopes in real-time
- Perform advanced analysis even if your oscilloscope isn’t equipped with TekScope PC analysis software
TekDrive collaborative test and measurement workspace
Using TekDrive, you can upload, store, organize, search, download, and share any file type from any connected device. TekDrive is natively integrated into the 4 Series MSO for seamless sharing and recalling of files – no USB stick is required. Analyze and explore standard files like .wfm, .isf, .tss, and .csv, directly in a browser with smooth interactive waveform viewers. TekDrive is purpose built for integration, automation, and security.
Arbitrary/Function Generator (AFG)
The instrument contains an optional integrated arbitrary/function generator, perfect for simulating sensor signals within a design or adding noise to signals to perform margin testing. The integrated function generator provides output of predefined waveforms up to 50 MHz for sine, square, pulse, ramp/triangle, DC, noise, sin(x)/x (Sinc), Gaussian, Lorentz, exponential rise/fall, Haversine and cardiac. The AFG can load waveform records up to 128 k points in size from an internal file location or a USB mass storage device.
The AFG feature is compatible with Tektronix’ ArbExpress PC-based waveform creation and editing software, making creation of complex waveforms fast and easy.
Digital Voltmeter (DVM) and Trigger Frequency Counter
The instrument contains an integrated 4-digit digital voltmeter (DVM) and 8-digit trigger 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 trigger frequency counter provides a very precise readout of the frequency of the trigger event on which you’re triggering.
Both the DVM and trigger frequency counter are available for free and are activated when you register your product.
Enhanced security option
The optional 4-SEC enhanced security option enables password-protected enabling/disabling of all instrument I/O ports and firmware upgrades. In addition, option 4-SEC provides the highest level of security by ensuring that internal memory never stores user settings or waveform data, in compliance with National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) DoD 5220.22-M, Chapter 8 requirements and Defense Security Service Manual for the Certification and Accreditation of Classified Systems under the NISPOM. This ensures that you can confidently move the instrument out of a secure area.
Help when you need it
The 4 Series MSO includes several helpful resources so you can get your questions answered rapidly without having to find a manual or go to a website:
- Graphical images and explanatory text are used in numerous menus to provide quick feature overviews.
- All menus include a question mark icon in the upper right that takes you directly to the portion of the integrated help system that applies to that menu.
- A short user interface tutorial is included in the Help menu for new users to come up to speed on the instrument in a matter of a few minutes.
Tektronix MSO44 4 channel Oscilloscope
Use the following steps to select the appropriate instrument and options for your measurement needs.
- Start by selecting a model based on the number of FlexChannel inputs you need. Each FlexChannel input supports 1 analog or 8 digital input signals, interchangeably.
Model Number of FlexChannels MSO44 4 MSO46 6
Each model includes Four passive analog probes (with both four- and six-channel models):
- 200 MHz bandwidth models: Four TPP0250 250 MHz probes
- 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz or 1.5 GHz bandwidth models: Four TPP0500B 500 MHz probes
Installation and safety manual (translated in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese) Embedded Help Power cord Calibration certificate documenting traceability to National Metrology Institute(s) and ISO9001/ISO17025 quality system registration Three-year warranty covering all parts and labor on the instrument.
One-year warranty covering all parts and labor on included probes
- Configure your oscilloscope by selecting the analog channel bandwidth you need
- Choose the bandwidth you need today by choosing one of these bandwidth options. You can upgrade it later by purchasing an upgrade option.
Bandwidth Option Bandwidth 4-BW-200 200 MHz 4-BW-350 350 MHz 4-BW-500 500 MHz 4-BW-1000 1 GHz 4-BW-1500 1.5 GHz
- Add instrument functionality
- Instrument functionality can be ordered with the instrument or later as an upgrade kit.
Instrument Option Built-in Functionality 4-RL-1 Extend record length from 31.25 Mpoints/channel to 62.5 Mpoints/channel 4-AFG Add Arbitrary / Function Generator 4-SEC 1 Add enhanced security for instrument declassification and password protected enabling and disabling of all USB and Ethernet ports and firmware upgrade.
1This option must be purchased at the same time as the instrument. Not available as an upgrade.
- Add optional serial bus triggering, decode, and search capabilities
- Choose the serial support you need today by choosing from these serial analysis options. You can upgrade later by purchasing an upgrade kit.
Instrument Option Serial Buses Supported 4-SRAERO Aerospace (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429) 4-SRAUDIO Audio (I2S, LJ, RJ, TDM) 4-SRAUTO Automotive (CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, and CAN symbolic decoding) 4-SRAUTOSEN Automotive sensor (SENT) 4-SRCOMP Computer (RS-232/422/485/UART) 4-SREMBD Embedded (I2C, SPI) 4-SRENET Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX) 4-SRI3C MIPI I3C (I3C decode and search only) 4-SRPM Power Management (SPMI) 4-SRUSB2 USB (USB2.0 LS, FS, HS)
- Differential serial bus? Be sure to checkAdd analog probes and adapters for differential probes.
- Add optional analysis capabilities
Instrument Option Advanced Analysis 4-PWR-BAS 1 Power Measurements and Analysis 4-SV-BAS Spectrum View frequency domain analysis 4-PS2 Power Solution Bundle (4-PWR-BAS, THDP0200, TCP0030A, 067-1686-xx deskew fixture)
1This option is not compatible with option 4-PS2
- Add digital probes
- Each FlexChannel input can be configured as eight digital channels simply by connecting a TLP058 logic probe to a FlexChannel input. You can order TLP058 probes with the instrument or separately.
For this instrument Order To add MSO44 1 to 4 TLP058 Probes 8 to 32 digital channels MSO46 1 to 6 TLP058 Probes 8 to 48 digital channels
- Add analog probes and adapters
- Add additional recommended probes and adapters
Recommended Probe / Adapter Description TAP1500 1.5 GHz TekVPI® active single-ended voltage probe, ±8 V input voltage TAP2500 2.5 GHz TekVPI® active single-ended voltage probe, ±4 V input voltage TCP0030A 30 A AC/DC TekVPI® current probe, 120 MHz BW TCP0020 20 A AC/DC TekVPI® current probe, 50 MHz BW TCP0150 150 A AC/DC TekVPI® current probe, 20 MHz BW TRCP0300 30 MHz AC current probe, 250 mA to 300 A TRCP0600 30 MHz AC current probe, 500 mA to 600 A TRCP3000 16 MHz AC current probe, 500 mA to 3000 A TDP0500 500 MHz TekVPI® differential voltage probe, ±42 V differential input voltage TDP1000 1 GHz TekVPI® differential voltage probe, ±42 V differential input voltage TDP1500 1.5 GHz TekVPI® differential voltage probe, ±8.5 V differential input voltage TDP7704 4 GHz TriMode™ voltage probe THDP0100 ±6 kV, 100 MHz TekVPI® high-voltage differential probe THDP0200 ±1.5 kV, 200 MHz TekVPI® high-voltage differential probe TMDP0200 ±750 V, 200 MHz TekVPI® high-voltage differential probe TPR1000 1 GHz, Single-Ended TekVPI® Power-Rail Probe; includes one TPR4KIT accessory kit TIVH02 Isolated Probe; 200 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 3 Meter Cable TIVH02L Isolated Probe; 200 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 10 Meter Cable TIVH05 Isolated Probe; 500 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 3 Meter Cable TIVH05L Isolated Probe; 500 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 10 Meter Cable TIVH08 Isolated Probe; 800 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 3 Meter Cable TIVH08L Isolated Probe; 800 MHz, ±2500 V, TekVPI, 10 Meter Cable TIVM1 Isolated Probe; 1 GHz, ±50 V, TekVPI, 3 Meter Cable TIVM1L Isolated Probe; 1 GHz, ±50 V, TekVPI, 10 Meter Cable TPP0502 500 MHz, 2X TekVPI® passive voltage probe, 12.7 pF input capacitance TPP0850 2.5 kV, 800 MHz, 50X TekVPI® passive high-voltage probe TPP1000 1 GHz, 10X TekVPI® passive voltage probe, 1.3 Meter cable, 3.9 pF input capacitance P6015A 20 kV, 75 MHz high-voltage passive probe TPA-BNC 1 TekVPI® to TekProbe™ BNC adapter TEK-DPG TekVPI deskew pulse generator signal source 067-1686-xx Power measurement deskew and calibration fixture
- Looking for other probes? Check out the probe selector tool atwww.tek.com/probes.
1Recommended for connecting your existing TekProbe probes to the .
- Add accessories
- Add traveling or mounting accessories
Optional Accessory Description HC4 Hard carrying case with instrument front protective cover RM4 Rackmount kit SC4 Soft carrying case with instrument front protective cover
- Select power cord option
Power Cord Option Description A0 North America power plug (115 V, 60 Hz) A1 Universal Euro power plug (220 V, 50 Hz) A2 United Kingdom power plug (240 V, 50 Hz) A3 Australia power plug (240 V, 50 Hz) A5 Switzerland power plug (220 V, 50 Hz) A6 Japan power plug (100 V, 50/60 Hz) A10 China power plug (50 Hz) A11 India power plug (50 Hz) A12 Brazil power plug (60 Hz) A99 No power cord
- Add extended service and calibration options
Service Option Description T3 Three Year Total Protection Plan, includes repair or replacement coverage from wear and tear, accidental damage, ESD or EOS. T5 Five Year Total Protection Plan, includes repair or replacement coverage from wear and tear, accidental damage, ESD or EOS. R5 Standard Warranty Extended to 5 Years. Covers parts, labor and 2-day shipping within country. Guarantees faster repair time than without coverage. All repairs include calibration and updates. Hassle free – a single call starts the process. C3 Calibration service 3 Years. Includes traceable calibration or functional verification where applicable, for recommended calibrations. Coverage includes the initial calibration plus 2 years calibration coverage. C5 Calibration service 5 Years. Includes traceable calibration or functional verification where applicable, for recommended calibrations. Coverage includes the initial calibration plus 4 years calibration coverage. D1 Calibration Data Report D3 Calibration Data Report 3 Years (with Option C3) D5 Calibration Data Report 5 Years (with Option C5)
Feature upgrades after purchase
- Add feature upgrades in the future
- You can easily add functionality after the initial purchase. Node-locked licenses permanently enable optional features on a single product. Floating licenses allow license-enabled options to be easily moved between compatible instruments.
Upgrade feature Node-locked license upgrade Floating license upgrade Description Add instrument functions SUP4-AFG SUP4-AFG-FL Add arbitrary function generator SUP4-RL-1 SUP4-RL-1-FL Extend record length to 62.5 Mpts / channel Add protocol analysis SUP4-SRAERO SUP4-SRAERO-FL Aerospace serial triggering and analysis (MIL-STD-1553, ARINC 429) SUP4-SRAUDIO SUP4-SRAUDIO-FL Audio serial triggering and analysis (I2S, LJ, RJ, TDM) SUP4-SRAUTO SUP4-SRAUTO-FL Automotive serial triggering and analysis (CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, and CAN symbolic decoding) SUP4-SRAUTOSEN SUP4-SRAUTOSEN-FL Automotive sensor serial triggering and analysis (SENT) SUP4-SRCOMP SUP4-SRCOMP-FL Computer serial triggering and analysis (RS-232/422/485/UART) SUP4-SREMBD SUP4-SREMBD-FL Embedded serial triggering and analysis (I2C, SPI) SUP4-SRENET SUP4-SRENET-FL Ethernet serial triggering and analysis (10Base-T, 100Base-TX) SUP4-SRI3C SUP4-SRI3C-FL MIPI I3C serial analysis SUP4-SRPM SUP4-SRPM-FL Power Management serial triggering and analysis (SPMI) SUP4-SRUSB2 SUP4-SRUSB2-FL USB 2.0 serial bus triggering and analysis (LS, FS, and HS) Add advanced analysis SUP4-SV-BAS SUP4-SV-BAS-FL Spectrum View frequency domain analysis SUP4-PWR-BAS SUP4-PWR-BAS-FL Power measurements and analysis Add digital voltmeter SUP4-DVM N/A Add digital voltmeter / trigger frequency counter (Free with product registration at www.tek.com/register4mso)
Bandwidth upgrades after purchase
- Add bandwidth upgrades in the future
- You can easily upgrade the analog bandwidth of products after initial purchase. Bandwidth upgrades are purchased based on the number of FlexChannel inputs, the current bandwidth, and the desired bandwidth.
All 4 Series MSO models can be upgraded in the field to any bandwidth.
Model to be upgraded Bandwidth before upgrade Bandwidth after upgrade Order this bandwidth upgrade MSO44 200 MHz 350 MHz SUP4-BW02T034 200 MHz 500 MHz SUP4-BW02T054 200 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW02T104 200 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW02T154 350 MHz 500 MHz SUP4-BW03T054 350 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW03T104 350 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW03T154 500 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW05T104 500 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW05T154 1 GHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW10T154 MSO46 200 MHz 350 MHz SUP4-BW02T036 200 MHz 500 MHz SUP4-BW02T056 200 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW02T106 200 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW02T156 350 MHz 500 MHz SUP4-BW03T056 350 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW03T106 350 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW03T156 500 MHz 1 GHz SUP4-BW05T106 500 MHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW05T156 1 GHz 1.5 GHz SUP4-BW10T156
200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz, 1.5 GHz
4 Channels, 6 Channels