Low-cost scopes bring professional measurements to educators, small businesses

March 10, 2017

Keysight Technologies is looking to bring professional measurement capabilities—including mask, math, FFT, and protocol-trigger/decode functionality—to educators and small businesses, according to Mike Hoffman, business development engineer. The 50- and 100-MHz InfiniiVision 1000 X-Series oscilloscopes are priced from $449 to $849, yet they employ the company’s 4th-generation MegaZoom technology to offer 50,000-waveform/s update rates.

“The 1000 X-Series leverages Keysight’s more than 60 years of oscilloscope expertise,” Hoffman said in a recent phone interview, adding that the scopes employ custom ASIC technology to combine an oscilloscope and optional WaveGen function generator in a compact form factor.

For educators, the scopes come with 11 built-in training signals, a comprehensive lab guide and tutorial for students, and an oscilloscope fundamentals PowerPoint presentation for professors and lab assistants—all at no extra cost. Hoffman cited as an example of a training signal a “digital burst with infrequent glitch” that can help students learn to trigger the scope on complex digital signals.

Hoffman described a fully configured model as a 6-in-1 instrument combining the oscilloscope, 20-MHz function generator, frequency response analyzer (using the function generator to develop Bode plots by sweeping from 20 Hz up to 10 MHz), serial protocol analyzer (with support for I2C, UART/RS-232, CAN, and LIN), digital voltmeter, and frequency counter (with 5-digit accuracy up to the oscilloscope bandwidth).

The 1000 X-Series also has a sampling rate of up to 2 GS/s and comes standard with two probes. The oscilloscopes use segmented memory capability to maximize memory depth while helping the scope test faster.

The scope features 24 typical oscilloscope measurements to quickly analyze signals and determine signal parameters. Additional signal analysis is provided by the gated FFT function, which allows users to correlate time and frequency domain phenomenon on a single screen. And mask-limit testing is also available to help users easily detect signal errors.

“When designing the 1000 X-Series, we looked for ways to aggressively reduce costs while delivering a high-quality product,” said Dave Cipriani, vice president and general manager of Keysight’s Digital Photonics Center of Excellence, in a press release. “We are excited to offer customers a low-priced solution that delivers excellent measurement performance and software analysis capabilities.” Visit www.keysight.com/find/1000X-Seriesinfo for more information.

Watch for our April print issue for more on oscilloscopes and on instruments introduced so far in 2017 with various architectures and functionalities.

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