Tektronix Rolls Out New Features for Oscilloscopes

9/9/2003 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK), the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes for electronic design, troubleshooting and service applications, announced new options for its popular value families of digital oscilloscopes including a software package and CompactFlash® mass storage that integrate the oscilloscope with a personal computer for simplified documentation and analysis.

Tektronix' value oscilloscopes - TDS1000, TDS2000 and TDS3000B Series - target design and manufacturing engineers, and service technicians as well as professors and lab managers. These users, needing to connect an oscilloscope to a PC, are challenged with interfaces and procedures that are awkward, complicated and time-intensive. Tektronix' OpenChoiceTM software - previously available only on the company's high-performance oscilloscope products - now provides customers with a solution for value oscilloscopes that simplifies the capture of waveforms, measurement data and oscilloscope settings on an external PC, while enabling easy documentation and analysis of measurement results using standard applications including Microsoft Excel and Word. It provides a cost-effective option to streamline the creation of required engineering reports, service procedures, quality control processes, educational programs, and more.

"Until now, engineers, technicians and educators struggled with complicated, manual processes for documenting and analyzing their work. Integrating the oscilloscope and the PC for many standard tasks is potentially one of the most valuable assets they now possess to simplify their work," said Colin Shepard, Vice President and General Manager, Oscilloscope Products, Tektronix. "The exceptional performance of Tektronix' OpenChoice software, combined with new features such as CompactFlash mass storage, address customers who want a cost-effective tool for effortless documentation and analysis while accessing the excellent measurement performance and high productivity found in our value family of oscilloscopes."

OpenChoice Solutions for Simple, Speedy Documentation and Analysis of Measurement Results
OpenChoice solutions offered with the TDS1000, TDS2000 and TDS3000B Series digital oscilloscopes deliver simple, seamless integration between the oscilloscope and the PC, providing users with multiple choices to easily capture, transfer, document and analyze your measurement results, according to your application environment and preference.

Range of Connectivity Features, Software Options Simplify and Speed Documentation and Analysis
The OpenChoice TDSPCS1 PC Communications software allows users to quickly and easily visualize, analyze, document, print and share waveforms, setups and measurement data using familiar Microsoft applications. The software package includes TDS oscilloscope toolbars for Microsoft Excel and Word that install directly into MS-Excel 2000/XP and MS-Word 2000/XP, and the OpenChoice Desktop application. The toolbars provide users with instant, one-click access to waveforms, setups and measurement data directly into Microsoft Word and Excel applications. The OpenChoice Desktop application allows users to quickly transfer waveform data points and save data and screen images into a wide variety of file formats, such as .csv and .bmp that can then be used in a wide variety of Windows programs. Comprehensive on-line help is available in multiple languages to ensure worldwide support for users.

Seamless integration with third-party software applications also simplifies documentation and analysis tasks using the TDS1000, TDS2000 and TDS3000B Series oscilloscopes. Users can employ popular commercial software or create custom programs using familiar application development tools and environments, such as MATLAB and LabVIEW, for detailed analysis or documentation.

Waveform data, screen images, measurements and front-panel setups are easily stored for transfer to an external PC or another oscilloscope using storage media available with the TDS1000, TDS2000 and TDS3000B Series oscilloscopes. Upon introduction, the optional TDS2MEM storage and communications module for the TDS1000 and TDS2000 Series oscilloscopes stores data on the same memory card used by digital cameras. This high-capacity CompactFlash memory card holds 96 or more reference waveforms per 8 megabytes, 128 or more screen images per 8 megabytes and 4000 or more front-panel setups per 8 megabytes. TDS3000B Series oscilloscope users can continue to easily to save reference waveforms and setups using the instrument's standard floppy disk drive.

Communication modules offer a range of connectivity features for the TDS1000 and TDS2000 Series oscilloscopes including GPIB and RS-232 connections. The TDS3000B Series oscilloscope delivers standard connectivity that includes a built-in Ethernet connection, and optional connectivity via a communications module including GPIB, VGA and RS-232 connections.

Standard e*Scope® software allows users to remotely control their TDS3000B oscilloscope from a PC anywhere on the network using a web browser. Optional WaveStarTM software links a wide variety of Tektronix oscilloscope models, including the TDS3000B, TDS2000 and TDS1000 Series, with PCs through Ethernet and GPIB connections, and offers live waveform reproduction, active remote control of oscilloscope-specific settings, and advanced measurements, such as power harmonics and strip charting.

About Tektronix
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, computing and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. The Tektronix Web address is www.tektronix.com.

Tektronix is a registered trademark of Tektronix, Inc.

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