Oscilloscopes for teaching labs

18 April 2011

Tektronix has announced the release of its TDS1000C-EDU digital oscilloscope series designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students
Tektronix has announced the release of its TDS1000C-EDU digital oscilloscope series designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students

Tektronix has announced the release of its TDS1000C-EDU digital oscilloscope series designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students. “It almost goes without saying that for students to learn about the use of an oscilloscope, they actually have to use an oscilloscope themselves – it’s not enough to read the manual or watch someone else use it,” said Mike Flaherty, General Manager Bench Instruments, Tektronix.

“That’s why we’re so excited about the TDS1000C-EDU because it puts the world’s standard for oscilloscopes within reach of high school and university students around the world,” he added.

Based on the company’s most popular oscilloscope platform, the TDS1000C-EDU series include 40, 60, and 100 MHz models designed for education.

The new ’scopes provide digital real-time sampling on all channels, allowing students to accurately characterise a wide range of signal types on all channels simultaneously. Flexible triggering options such as edge trigger, pulse width trigger and line selectable triggering allow students to quickly capture desired waveforms.

Tektronix has announced the release of its TDS1000C-EDU digital oscilloscope series designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students
Tektronix has announced the release of its TDS1000C-EDU digital oscilloscope series designed for first-time oscilloscope users and students

From an analysis perspective, the new series delivers capabilities including standard FFT, waveform math (+, -, x), screen cursors and 16 automated measurements. To make the instruments simple to learn and easy to operate, they feature an intuitive front panel with dedicated controls and USB connectivity, built-in help menus, an autoset function for easily setting up the oscilloscope (which can be disabled by the instructor), an automated probe check wizard, and multiple language support.

The included Education Resource CD provides tools to help students master the use of an oscilloscope, including two labs and instructor’s guides, and two primers. The Introduction to Oscilloscopes Student Lab and Instructor’s Guide explains the basics of oscilloscope operation complete with hands-on exercises for students. The Introduction to Oscilloscope Probes Student Lab and Instructor’s Guide explains the fundamentals of probing and how probes can affect measurement quality. The two Primers included are Tektronix’s popular and widely-used XYZs of Oscilloscopes and ABCs of Probes. Collectively, they give educators the tools for simplifying the integration of the TDS1000C-EDU Series into their existing curriculum.

Every TDS1000C-EDU model comes with a general-purpose passive probe for each analogue channel. It is available now and qualifying educational institutions receive a discount.


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