2/14/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), the worldwide oscilloscope market leader will unveil the world's first available (for order today with shipments beginning February 27th) 5 GHz differential oscilloscope probe at the Spring 2003 Intel Developer Forum, February 18-21, 2003 in San Jose, California.
Until now, engineers working with fast serial bus technologies such as PCI-Express, RapidIO, Serial ATA, and SPI/SFI5 have been hampered by the lack of a differential probe with adequate bandwidth to test signals up to 2.5 Gb/s. Although various vendors have announced new oscilloscope probes that appear to meet these demands, Tektronix' P7350 5 GHz differential probe is the first one available (for order today with shipments beginning February 27th). And, it is the only such tool with bandwidth and risetime verifiable by industry-accepted methodologies. Affirming its technology and market leadership, Tektronix alone is delivering this urgently needed high bandwidth differential probe to its customers. These shipments are especially noteworthy in a market that has recently become accustomed to months of delay between announcing a new probe and shipping it to customers.
"We have dozens of customers who are extremely excited to receive this probe, but their ability to order it today and receive it later this month is only part of the story. They also realize that it is critical for probe performance claims to be supported by accepted industry practices," said Colin Shepard, Vice President and General Manager, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "While others have claimed comparable probe performance, Tektronix' customers can have the same confidence in the performance of this probe that they have had in our products for over 55 years."
Processes Can Affect Critically Important Performance Specifications
The definition of probe bandwidth and the means by which it is determined have become the subject of some controversy recently. For customers performing digital measurements, however, the importance of a probe's bandwidth specification is often eclipsed by a more critical need for its specified risetime. Tektronix has long demonstrated its probing leadership by meeting this critical customer need. As an established practice, the company not only specifies typical probe bandwidth using a conservative and industry accepted methodology, but guarantees risetime for its active probes and specifies common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR) for its differential probes. Customers using the new P7350 probe are guaranteed a risetime at <100 picoseconds (ps) (10% to 90%) and performance that correlates closely with real-world measurement needs and results.
About the P7350 Differential Probe
Incorporating nine patents with three additional patents pending, the P7350 differential probe meets the needs of designers who must acquire differential signals (as found in a RapidIO bus architecture, for example) at data rates up to 2.5 Gb/s. Designed for use with Tektronix oscilloscopes in the TDS6000, TDS7000, and CSA7000 Series, it eclipses the industry-leading bandwidth of Tektronix' P7330 3.5 GHz differential probe. Finally, the P7350 is a companion to the world's fastest single-ended active probe, Tektronix' 6 GHz P7260. Both types of probes are commonly used in the design and troubleshooting of high-speed digital systems.
Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is www.tektronix.com.
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