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Tektronix delivers improved probe setup

Posted: 09 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Tektronix? probe interface? probe? oscilloscope? DPO7000?

Tektronix Inc. announced a new probe interface architecture and a family of versatile, feature-rich, and easy-to-use probes. Designed for use with the company's new oscilloscopes, the Tektronix Versatile Probe Interface (TekVPI) probes provide intelligent bi-directional oscilloscope/probe communications resulting in a simplified user experience and easier access to relevant information while preserving excellent signal fidelity. According to the company, the design of the TekVPI probes provides customers with improved probe setup, easy selection of viewable probe status information, and accurate probe measurement results to simplify and improve both the results and user experience.

"The TekVPI probe introduces a new generation of intelligent probe and oscilloscope system architecture," said Mike Fitzgerald, GM of Tektronix's measurement accessories product line. "The versatility, measurement performance, and ease-of-use of TekVPI products will provide engineers and technicians with increased productivity and an improved user experience important for meeting the increasing challenges of electronic design and manufacturing test."

TekVPI probes
The three new TekVPI probes are TCP0030, TAP1500 and TAP2500. The TCP0030 is an AC/DC current probe providing high measurement sensitivity and high bandwidth critical for accurately measuring low level currents and frequency components in today's electronic designs. With a wide dynamic measurement range of 1mA to 30A, >120MHz bandwidth, and 50A peak pulse capability, the TCP0030 connects directly to any probe input channel of the DPO7000 Series oscilloscopes without the need for an external power supply or amplifier.

The TAP1500 is a 1.5GHz active voltage probe with a compact probe head for accessing small design geometries and a dynamic range of 8V input. Meanwhile, the TAP2500 is a 2.5GHz active voltage probe with the compact head and supports rise times <140ps. According to the press release, the low input capacitance and high input resistance characteristics of these active probes minimizes probe loading effects upon the device under test providing design engineers with optimal signal fidelity for a truer signal representation of high frequency measurements.

The TekVPI interface is designed to provide legacy probe interface support for the plain BNC connector, TekProbe-BNC Level 1 and TekProbe-BNC Level 2 probe types. Plain BNC connected probes and TekProbe-BNC Level 1 probes (having the single analog encoded scale factor detection pin) can be connected directly to the TekVPI probe channel input connector on TekVPI oscilloscopes. All performance features and capabilities of these connected probe types are supported and available to the user. TekProbe-BNC Level 2 probes can be connected to the TekVPI oscilloscopes by using the new TPA-BNC TekProbe-BNC to TekVPI probe interface adapter (TPA-BNC). With this adapter, all performance features and capabilities of the connected TekProbe-BNC Level 2 probes are supported and available to the user.

The TPA-BNC is priced at $390, the TAP1500 at $1,790, the TCP0030 at $2,690 and the TAP2500 at $2,790.

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