Tektronix Announces TekScope PC Software with Enhanced Multi-Scope Remote Analysis

December 2 2020, 00:15
Adapting its solutions to the needs of users during the pandemic, Tektronix launched a new feature to its TekScope waveform analysis PC software, allowing remote users to view and analyze data from up to 32 channels from multiple scopes at the same time, in the same interface, accelerating analysis efficiency. And Tektronix announced a new initiative for university engineering education, offering easy-to-use equipment and complementary software for educators, students and research labs.

Tektronix decided to accelerate the development of TekScope as the global COVID-19 pandemic drastically altered how and where engineers work. As many engineers moved to off-scope environments, Tektronix's new Multi-Scope Analysis feature allows users to process, analyze and share data efficiently, without having to be physically next to a scope or in the testing environment.

The software allows users to work with actual data files, not with screenshots. Waveform files can be taken from any location and from a wide variety of scopes, including from other brands, to improve working efficiency, save time and eliminate unnecessary trips to the lab. And with TekScope, users can free up their scope and allow others to use it while users analyze and debug data on their own PCs. Users can zoom in on waveforms, move cursors, measure, and more, all while sharing with colleagues.

Unlike apparently similar software, the Tektronix Multi-Scope Analysis feature enables users to remotely control the acquisition settings on all scopes simultaneously without the need to set up each scope individually. And users asked for a solution with high resolution that can catch very fast glitches across many channels at once. The Multi-Scope Analysis feature on TekScope solves that need.

"Developing test applications that can support up to 32 oscilloscope channels imposes many feasibility challenges, long development times, and a long time to market," says Raajit Lall, Tektronix General Manager of Market Solutions. "TekScope bridges the gap, and helps customers get a sense of a real 32-channel scope, all with a user interface they are familiar with. By using the software to connect to multiple scopes and aggregate the data into a single place, customers can now debug multiple channels simultaneously like never before."

Like other existing software solutions, Tektronix' TekScope PC Software brings the power of the oscilloscope analysis environment to a PC. Users have the flexibility to perform analysis tasks including serial decode, power analysis, as well as timing, eye and jitter analysis outside the lab. Users can take data from their oscilloscopes and continue the work at any place while easily sharing analysis results with their peers. 

TekScope is compatible with data taken from all Tektronix scopes so users can leverage Tektronix's user interface and analysis features for all existing scopes. Users can remotely connect to Tektronix 4/5/6 Series MSO, Tektronix 5/6 Low-Profile scopes, Tektronix DPO 70000C, 70000SX and 70000DX scopes, as well as Tektronix Bench scopes TBS 1000 and TBS 2000. While doing so, users can pull real-time data from scopes into the TekScope PC software and conduct further analysis locally while debugging 32 channels together. 

With the Multi-Scope license, users can use TekScope with new or existing scopes, view and analyze real-time data from up to 32 channels on up to 4 scopes at the same time in a centralized place. The software is now available with subscription prices starting at $650.

Own The Future Initiative
Tektronix also announced Own the Future, an education-focused initiative to place the company's engineering products in the hands of student engineers, with an emphasis on the organization's entry-level portfolio — from entry oscilloscopes for basic measurement, to digital multimeters, waveform generators, software and service plans.

"Tektronix is committed to creating the test and measurement tools that help engineers innovate faster," says Kristi Flores, chief marketing officer and vice president of global marketing for Tektronix. "Engineers perform imaginative work every day that impacts our world, and for many of them, the foundation of that innovation began in a university lab."

While Tektronix and Keithley offer complete bench setups for mainstream solutions, the well-designed entry-level portfolio contains the critical components for engineering education. Own the Future bench solutions are available for all levels and were created based on feedback from university labs. These customizable solutions come in three recommended configurations: Fundamental Teaching Lab, Electronics Engineering Lab and Next-gen RF/Wireless Lab.

"The Own the Future initiative provides education solutions for tomorrow's engineers, taking the guesswork out of how to best design a bench to meet a university lab's needs," Flores says. "By using the same tools on campus that they will use in their first jobs, students can more easily explore the world of electronics and build confidence before using these tools as professional engineers."
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