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Tektronix and newly acquired Electro-Automatik
EA Elektro-Automatik Greatly Expands Tektronix's High-Power Test and Measurement Coverage Friday, April 12, 2024
Tektronix has a long history of giving the industry a high-fidelity window into high-speed signals with oscilloscopes, probes, signal analyzers and signal sources. Tektronix is a favorite among designers in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and data center power, among other power-related industries. Keithley, also part of the Tektronix family, is a recognized leader in measurement instruments …
Double Pulse Test for Power Electronic Designs Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Switching Losses Matter Even in the New SiC and GaN World As GaN and SiC enable smaller, faster, and more efficient semiconductor designs, regulatory and economic pressures are driving new demands for energy efficiency in power electronics. Minimizing switching losses through design optimization is paramount in maintaining power efficiency throughout the generation, transmission, and consumption …
The Top 6 Serial Bus Decode Packages on Tektronix Oscilloscopes Wednesday, October 2, 2019
The Top 6 Serial Bus Decode Packages on Tektronix Oscilloscopes I recently took a look at which bus decode packages engineers are choosing for their scopes. I thought I would share what I learned in case it helps people predict which bus support they will need. In addition to a few thoughts on each of the most popular buses, you will find links to app notes on many of them.  For this post I looked …
A New Approach to Frequency Analysis on Oscilloscopes, Part 1
A New Approach to Frequency Analysis on Oscilloscopes, Part 1 Friday, April 12, 2019

As you may have noticed if you’re regular reader of Evaluation Engineering or other electronics engineering news outlets, we recently released a firmware upgrade for the 5 and 6 Series MSOs that unlocks a new analysis tool called Spectrum View. You can read more about how it gives you a frequency domain display for each of your analog channels with independent time- and frequency domain controls here.

Mixed Domain Analysis Hits the Big Screen with Firmware Release
Mixed Domain Analysis Hits the Big Screen with Firmware Release Tuesday, March 26, 2019
By David Pereles   Tektronix today released new firmware for the 5 and 6 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscopes that unlocks a new analysis tool called Spectrum View.  A free download for the 5 and 6 Series MSOs,  Spectrum View allows you to perform mixed domain analysis on the big, high-resolution displays.  This mixed domain capability can be added to any 5 or 6 Series MSO just by installing the …
ACE Award
Innovation drives Tektronix awards success in 2017 Saturday, January 6, 2018
Across the vast and diverse electronics industry, there’s one constant that has never changed from the very beginning: innovation is the key to success. For any tech company large or small to survive for long it must continually innovate. Innovation is the currency of this industry. And those who innovate the fastest, the most consistently and the most creatively achieve the greatest success. In …
Oscilloscopes with Windows 10
Tektronix Instruments to Support Windows 10 Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Businesses are on pace to migrate to Microsoft Windows 10* faster than they have for any previous Microsoft operating system release. What’s more, according to research firm Gartner, 85 percent of business will have migrated to Windows 10 by the end of 2017. Based on the strong adoption rate for Windows 10, Tektronix has made the decision to migrate our Windows-based instruments from Windows 7 to …
5 Series MSO
Oscilloscope operating system: Have it your way with the 5 Series MSO Wednesday, September 20, 2017
For anyone looking for an oscilloscope in the 350 MHz-1 GHz bandwidth range, an important consideration has historically been which operating system to choose: a dedicated scope OS or Windows. Above 1 GHz, the only option historically has been a Windows scope and if you drop below 350 MHz your only option is a non-Windows oscilloscope. It’s around the 1 GHz performance range where you need to …
Why does the 5 Series MSO have FlexChannel™ technology? Saturday, August 12, 2017
The traditional configuration of a well-equipped mid-range mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO), one that is readily available from a number of manufacturers, is 4 analog channels and 16 digital channels. Over the years, the 4+16 model has become the de facto standard configuration for MSOs. But just because the oscilloscope industry more or less settled on 4+16, is it still the right configuration …
Inside the 5 Series MSO: Re-inventing the oscilloscope user interface Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Two seminal dates in the history of user interfaces for digital computing devices are January 24, 1984 and June 29, 2007. The former was the date when Apple launched the first Macintosh with an iconic Super Bowl ad that many consider to be the greatest single ad of all time. The Mac was the first mass-market personal computer with an integrated graphical user interface and mouse. Before that, we …