Tektronix TDS3032B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope

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    Features & Benefits

    • 300 MHz Bandwidth
    • Sample Rates up to 2.5 GS/s
    • 2 Channels
    • Full VGA Color LCD
    • 25 Automatic Measurements
    • 9-Bit Vertical Resolution
    • Multi-language User Interface
    • QuickMenu Graphical User Interface for Easy Operation
    • Built-in Ethernet Port
    • e*Scope™ Web-based Remote Control
    • WaveAlert™ Automatic Waveform Anomaly Detection
    • FFT (standard)
    • Advanced Triggers including Glitch, Runt and Logic (standard)
    • Application Modules
      • Advanced Analysis Module for Detailed Design Analysis
      • Telecommunications Mask Testing
      • Two Video Modules for Testing and Troubleshooting
      • Limit Testing for Rapid Go/No-Go Testing
    • Plug-in Printer for Portable Documentation of Results
    • TekProbe™ Level II Interface Supports Active, Differential and Current Probes for Automatic Scaling and Units
    • Centronics Port Standard on all Models for Quick, Convenient Hardcopies
    • Built-in Floppy Disk Drive For Easy Storage and Documentation


    • Telecommunications Manufacturing Test
    • Digital Design and Debug
    • Video Installation and Service
    • Power Supply Design

    The TDS3032B Digital Phosphor Oscilloscope Provides Unmatched Performance and Portability at an Affordable Price

    The TDS3032B oscilloscope packs the power of digital phosphor waveform acquisition technology, automatic anomaly detection, web-based remote control and five application-specific modules into a lightweight, battery-capable design.

    DPO Technology Provides a New Level of Insight into Complex Signals

    Digital phosphor oscilloscopes display, store and analyze in real time three dimensions of signal information: amplitude, time and distribution of amplitude over time. Fast waveform capture and update rates make it easier to capture and display infrequent waveforms or waveform variations. The intensity graded color display provides information about the frequency of occurrence of signal amplitudes and widths. This helps you locate and characterize waveform anomalies that can be elusive on traditional digital storage oscilloscopes.

    Enhanced Troubleshooting Ability

    WaveAlert waveform anomaly detection speeds your troubleshooting task by helping you find those elusive problems faster. WaveAlert detection monitors the incoming signals on all channels and will detect and highlight any waveform that deviates from the normal waveform being acquired. Because the TDS3032B oscilloscope can stop acquisition, sound a beep, make a hard copy or save the waveform when it detects an anomaly, you can run tests over long time periods - even unattended - to find those challenging, very infrequent failures.

    e*Scope Web-based Remote Control

    e*Scope software means you can control your TDS3032B oscilloscope from anywhere, using the Internet and your PC. Simply connect the TDS3032B oscilloscope to your LAN via its built-in Ethernet port, open a browser window on your PC and enter the TDS3032B oscilloscope's IP address in the address window. The oscilloscope will respond, allowing you to control it from your browser. Download e*Scope control software to your PC for a graphical interface that displays the TDS3032B oscilloscope screen and front panel controls for easy access.

    Flexible Features for Every Application

    With its lightweight, compact size and battery pack, the TDS3032B Series oscilloscope can go wherever it is needed. It weighs only 5.2 kilograms, with battery installed.

    Use the optional plug-in thermal printer to instantly document your work, even in the field.

    You can easily adapt the TDS3032B Series oscilloscope to your needs through optional, easy-to-install application modules. At power-up, the oscilloscope indicates which modules are installed. Currently five application modules are available for the TDS3032B oscilloscope:

    • Telecommunications mask testing
    • Advanced analysis
    • Limit testing
    • Extended video
    • 601 serial digital video

    In addition, there is one communication module available:

    • A GPIB/VGA/RS-232 module

    Centronics and Ethernet ports are standard.


    Telecommunications Mask Testing - TDS3TMT

    The TDS3032B Series oscilloscope becomes a pass/fail test instrument for telecommunications standard compliance testing, when this module is installed.

    • ITU-T G.703 (DS0, DS1, E1, Clk interface, DS2, E2, E3 and DS3 rates) standards supported
    • ANSI T1.102 (DS1, DS1A, DS2, DS3 and STS-1 rates) standards supported
    • Perform custom mask editing with WaveStar™ software for oscilloscopes
    • Properly terminate your device under test with Communication Signal Adapters
    • Use TDS3GV (GPIB) module or the built-in Ethernet communication port to program the TDS3032B Series oscilloscope for automated testing
    Typical Application for the TDS3TMT Module

    When testing network line cards in manufacturing, one of the most important considerations is throughput. The combination of DPO waveform throughput and hardware assisted mask testing results in breakthrough test speeds for mask testing on single and multiple channel devices. ALT trigger mode enables rapid testing on multiple channels by triggering on all channels sequentially in a single setup.

    TDS3032B DPO provides breakthrough test speeds for telecommunications line card testing. The telecom QUICKMENU puts all the commonly used telecom testing functions on a single menu. View Application Note.

    WaveAlert waveform anomaly detection alerts you to any waveform that deviates from the "normal" input.

    Advanced Analysis - TDS3AAM

    The TDS3AAM module adds advanced analysis capability to the TDS3032B Series oscilloscope. With it you can define waveforms as arbitrary math expressions - including a variety of mathematical functions plus constants and measurements. The TDS3AAM also adds Area and Cycle Area measurements, differentiation and integration functions, measurement averaging, and measurement statistics.

    FFT for Frequency and Harmonic Analysis - Standard

    Using the FFT capability in the TDS3032B Series oscilloscope, the oscilloscope becomes an excellent troubleshooting aid for:

    • Testing impulse response of filters and systems
    • Measuring harmonic content and distortions in systems
    • Identifying and locating noise and interference sources
    • Analyzing vibration
    • Analyzing harmonics in 50 and 60 Hz power lines

    Additionally, the FFT function lets you:

    • Match the optimum window to the signal you are analyzing with four FFT window choices (Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning and Blackman-Harris)
    • Analyze repetitive, single-shot and stored waveforms: display an FFT waveform of any actively-acquired signal, last acquired signal or signal stored in the reference memory
    • Set the FFT vertical graticule to either dB or linear RMS
    • Show time domain signals and FFT waveforms on the display at the same time. This helps in the quick analysis of circuit or system problems

    DPO technology shows modulation effects on a power supply control loop.

    The TDS3032B DPO with the TDS3LIM limit testing module is ideal for manufacturing test applications where fast Go/No-Go decisions are required.

    Advanced Triggering - Standard

    Logic Trigger Features

    Logic triggering is extremely useful in the troubleshooting of digital circuits. The oscilloscope is triggered when two signals meet a Boolean trigger condition. This module provides pattern and state logic trigger modes.

    Pattern Trigger

    Pattern triggering, useful for digital logic troubleshooting, triggers the oscilloscope when two signals become logically true or false. Basically, the pattern-triggering feature triggers the oscilloscope from the output of a two-input AND, OR, NAND or NOR logic gate. You can specify time constraints and signal threshold levels as part of the triggering condition.

    State Trigger

    State triggering, useful for troubleshooting digital logic synchronous state machines, triggers the oscilloscope when a state signal is true or false at the time a clock signal transition is true.

    Pulse Trigger Features

    Pulse triggering triggers the oscilloscope when a signal meets a timing or threshold condition. The advanced trigger module provides three pulse trigger modes: pulse width, runt pulse and slew rate.

    Pulse Width (or Glitch)

    Pulse Width triggering triggers the oscilloscope when a signal pulse width is less than, greater than, equal to or not equal to a specified pulse width. This trigger is useful for digital logic troubleshooting.

    Runt Pulse

    Runt Pulse triggering triggers the oscilloscope when a signal pulse is less than a specified threshold level. You can also specify runt pulse-width parameters. This trigger is useful for troubleshooting bus-contention problems.

    Slew Rate

    Slew Rate triggering triggers the oscilloscope when a signal's slew rate (rise or fall time) is less than, greater than, equal to or not equal to a specified slew rate. This trigger is useful for troubleshooting digital bus transceivers, transmission lines and op-amp circuits.

    Limit Testing - TDS3LIM

    The TDS3LIM module offers fast, simple verification that your circuit is operating within its intended parameters - ideal for repetitive testing applications where quick Go/No-Go decisions are required. You can easily create waveform reference templates to compare to your live waveforms. You can also compare any number of input channels with any combination of four references, and select actions for the TDS3032B oscilloscope to take if a waveform strays outside the reference limits: stop acquisition, sound a beep, print a hard copy or save the waveform to disk.

    Extended Video - TDS3VID

    All TDS3032B oscilloscopes come standard with NTSC, PAL and SECAM (all fields or all lines) triggering capability. The TDS3VID application module extends this basic video triggering by adding the following features.

    Video QuickMenu

    This Video QuickMenu function allows you to display a bottom and side menu that contains video functions useful for displaying and measuring broadcast standard waveforms, including trigger source, when to trigger, video graticule and video autoset.

    Video Autoset

    The autoset function automatically adjusts the vertical, horizontal and video trigger settings to display a video waveform triggered on all lines and fields. You can then manually adjust controls to optimize the display. This function is available in the Video QuickMenu and in the Acquire menu.

    Custom Video

    The custom video function allows you to specify custom horizontal scan rates in order to trigger on nonbroadcast video waveforms, such as those used by computer monitors and medical equipment displays. The following figure shows the TDS3032B oscilloscope triggering on a scan rate of 26.2 kHz.

    Analog HDTV Features

    The TDS3VID and TDS3SDI modules allow you to work with emerging analog HDTV standards. Trigger on a range of HDTV formats - 1080i, 1080p, 720p and 480p. Also use the vectorscope on analog HDTV with graticules for both 100 and 75% color bars.

    Line Count Trigger

    Sometimes it is necessary to view a single line of the video waveform. For example, the programming information in the NTSC signal is sometimes found on line 20. Line Count triggering allows you to trigger on any particular line by scrolling through the line numbers and selecting the one you want.

    Field Holdoff

    The field holdoff function provides the capability to specify a number of fields to wait before re-enabling triggering. This allows you to trigger on a single field (e.g. field 1 or field 3 of NTSC) instead of both field 1 and field 3.

    Video Graticules

    The video graticule function provides the capability for the user to change the standard oscilloscope graticule to either IRE or mV depending on the signal format. Video graticules make it easier to measure and analyze video waveforms.

    Custom video trigger allows the TDS3032B to trigger on standards such as RS343 (26.2 kHz scan rate). View Application Note.

    Built-in Vectorscope Capabilities

    With the TDS3VID module, a TDS3032B Series oscilloscope can function as a vectorscope with built-in graticules for 100% or 75% color bars. It's easy to measure chroma levels, and the oscilloscope's digital phosphor display makes it easy to see any white balance problem.

    Video Picture Mode with On-screen Line Select

    The TDS3VID with a TDS3032B oscilloscope gives you fast access to the picture behind the video signal. Check out the monochrome image of the originating camera or other source. Then use the on-screen line select to move quickly to any line in the picture.

    601 Serial Digital Video Features - TDS3SDI

    When this module is installed in the TDS3032B oscilloscope, the oscilloscope becomes a one-tool solution that allows you to trace and identify ITU-R BT.601 video signals, examine their representative analog component and composite waveforms and analyze the bit stream. Features include all the capabilities of the TDS3VID plus:

    • YPbPr, RGB and YC waveforms

    Video picture mode with on-screen line select.