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Tektronix claims world's fastest probe

Posted: 07 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fastest test probe? PCIe? Serial ATA? HDMI 1.3?

Tektronix Inc. says it has developed world's fastest probe to complement the world's fastest four-channel real-time oscilloscope. At 20GHz, the 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 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.

The Tektronix 20GHz P7520 allows customers to debug and validate the third harmonic of 10Gbit/s signals and do compliance testing to the fifth harmonic on signals up to 8Gbit/s including PCIe 3, Serial ATA Gen-3 and HDMI 1.3. The new probe provides the fastest probing solution in the marketplace.

When used with Tektronix 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.

The Tektronix P7500 series probe provides patent-pending TriMode measurements 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 kinds of measurements with one probe and one setup rather than the multiple probes and multiple setups that are currently necessary.

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 can 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 for the P7520 is $16,900. Shipments for the P7520 will begin before end of March.

Tektronix is one of the exhibitors at the 13th IIC-China 2008.

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