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PXI, PCI, VXI oscilloscopes roll from ZTEC

Posted: 23 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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ZTEC Instruments Inc. has introduced the ZT4210 series of 300MHz oscilloscopes in PXI, PCI and VXI form factors. These oscilloscopes provide the same triggering, acquisition, math and analysis functions that are commonly found in today's benchtop instruments and in ZTEC's other M-Class oscilloscopes. The ZT4210 series is designed to replace benchtop oscilloscopes in many ATE, aerospace, defense and portable test applications.

These modular oscilloscopes are available with two channels (ZT4211 PXI, PCI and VXI) and four channels (ZT4212 VXI only). Key specifications include 300MHz analog bandwidth, up to 1GSps real-time sampling, and up to 256MSamples record length. With its on-board processing, the ZT4210 series calculates over 40 waveform parameters related to a waveform's voltage, time and frequency characteristics. The ZT4210 also comes standard with four calculation channels for performing basic and advanced math on acquired data. Math functions include add, subtract, multiply, integration, differentiation, FFT, histograms and parameter trending.

The ZT4210 accepts a wide range of voltage levels, handling up to 300V CAT II direct inputs. With input ranges from 1.25mV/div to 40V/div (10 vertical divisions) the ZT4210 covers a wide range of voltage levels without the need for external signal conditioning (attenuators, probes). This is important in automated and remote test applications where it is difficult or impossible to quickly add/remove external conditioning, ZTEC said.

Free instrument drivers help users integrate the ZT4210 series into ATE and embedded test systems. Drivers and programming support are available for key programming environments including LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Matlab, COM, Visual C/C++ and Visual Studio. In addition, ZTEC also offers free ZScope control and display software and the ZFind instrument locator and configuration utility.

Pricing starts at $4,450.

- Gina Roos

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