Tektronix to tout scopes, embedded instruments at ESC Boston
Rick Nelson- September 1, 2011
Tektronix will make use of the Embedded Systems Conference Boston as a venue to highlight its traditional instruments and embedded instrument technology, based on interviews with executives and managers at the company’s Beaverton, OR, headquarters.
You can expect the company’s new oscilloscopes to be prominently displayed at the Tektronix booth at ESC, including the 33-GHz DPO/DSA70000D series and the mixed-domain MDO4000, which combines a scope and spectrum analyzer in one unit.
The 33-GHz DPO/DSA70000D will be most appealing to attendees of the DesignCon event co-located with ESC Boston, according to Chris Loberg, marketing manager for the Tektronix design and manufacturing segment. DesignCon attendees, he said, are interested in very fast scopes to debug serial interfaces and other high-speed digital designs. Of particular note, Loberg said, will be the scope’s optical front end for coherent modulation analysis, developed by the recently acquired Optametra. He added that he looks forward to bringing the optical technology to Boston, which is a hub of optical research centered around the Boston University Photonics Center.
You can expect the new MDO4000 to be featured prominently on the ESC exhibit floor, according to Gina Bonini, worldwide embedded-system technical-marketing manager at Tektronix. Noting that 38% of embedded designs include wireless functionality, she said that the new scope will be of interest to the 60 to 70% of scope users who also use a spectrum analyzer.
Bonini said the Tektronix exhibit will include a scope bar, which will feature the new MDO4000 as well as Tektronix’s lineup of mixed-signal oscilloscopes. The bar, she said, will provide an opportunity for attendees to get practical hands-on experience with the instruments.
Embedded instrument technology will also be highlighted at the show, said Dave Farrell, GM of the company’s digital analysis product line. That technology comes from Tektronix’s new embedded instrumentation group, formed as a result of the acquisition of Veridae Systems. Farrell said the technology aims to help engineers making the transition from parallel to serial buses-permitting them to work at a higher level of abstraction while maintaining visibility into increasingly complex highly integrated chips. He said Tektronix tools from the new division will insert at the RTL what he called “capture stations”-essentially miniature logic analyzers. The technology, he added, provides real-time visibility into silicon, thereby offering an alternative to break-out boards, low-speed simulations, or in-house-generated “rogue code.”
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