Tektronix Oscilloscopes Primary Use Case

Curtis Jones
Teacher (emeritus) at San Jose State University
I'm using it for teaching students, familiarizing them with the oscilloscope. I want them to spend some time looking at waveforms. The main signals that we measure are pretty simple sine waves. The interesting waveforms are the succession of waveforms in a simple power supply, where you have the rectified AC and then the filtered AC, so you have to measure the DC and then you have to know how to use AC coupling to show the ripple clearly. We don't utilize the full bandwidth. We get up to a couple of megahertz. View full review »
Ron Olisar
SI Consultant at a energy/utilities company with 5,001-10,000 employees
I'm currently using the 200 gigasample per second real-time scope and have a 70000 Series. The primary use case is optical product development for 56 gig PAM-4 with the ability to acquire and display at those rates. We need the 70 gigahertz bandwidth and 200 gigasample per second. View full review »
Designer/Consultant at a transportation company
I develop electric vehicle systems. I use the serial protocol analysis tools, as well as using it with some high voltage differential probes for measuring motor voltage and battery current. We are measuring CAN bus RS232, as well as some power signals for voltage and current. View full review »
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Founder at a tech company
I do everything with this product. I categorize and test. It can be online on the cloud in the lab, allowing us to see what the data conditions are. It has an automatic extracting level. I use most of the high end digital scopes that I like, because they have a lot of features for software user interfaces, captures, or shared transit control. The user friendliness of these boxes is very useful. View full review »
Electrical Design Engineer at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees
We use them for testing and measurement. We do pretty standard stuff. We come up with a circuit and we expect it to do something. We simulate it, and then we test it out in the lab. We prototype it and then use the O-scope to verify our results, and if something's going wrong we try to track down what it is. The application space we use it for is embedded systems. We do contract engineering and we pick up projects from different groups. We make an end solution for them. It's business-to-business, it's not really like end-consumer stuff. They come up with all sorts of things, like printers or reusing cameras in different ways. We're measuring analog and digital signals. SPI is the fastest thing we run with. I don't think we're using the full bandwidth. View full review »
Electrical Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
We're using the MDO3000 or MDO4000 series. They're very similar. We use them for making measurements or working on testing electrical signals. We use them for general purpose. I'm working on computer motherboards. It's a different type of signal. The good thing is that it's very general-purpose. In most cases, the frequencies are up to six gig for the spectrum analyzer. For example, I measure I2C5 and USB. It cannot go into superspeed. But for superspeed I can look at the frequency. That's useful at times. At times I'm almost using the full bandwidth of the product. For example, if I want to look at a USB clock, if it's Gen 1 it would be about five gigs. Sometimes I use that to see if the clocking has an issue. View full review »
Hardware Design Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
We use a range of Tektronix scopes. We have a 33-gig, real-time scope, as well as some lower-end models that we use for general digital debugging. In addition, we do ISP/IO characterization and general analysis. We do high-speed serial designs that are embedded. We mainly focus on fiber-optic telecom gear. We measure the full gamut of signals, whether it's low-speed control IO, like Is4c, all the way up to 28G certes designs. It's a full range of signals, and as far as the applications it's enabling, that's really our entire design. We are utilizing the whole bandwidth. View full review »
Chad Lee
Hardware Engineer at Northrop
We're mostly using high-speed network analyzer models, but then we have some low-speed signal integrity work that we do as well. We use the product for circuit debugging and signal analysis. For us, the product targets high-speed serial applications. It's fantastic. We use it to support IoT development as well. I'm not personally utilizing the full bandwidth of the product but there are other people who are using it to the full bandwidth. It's working well for the stuff that's meant for high-speed. View full review »
Engineer Manager
We're using the Tektronix 8300 for measurements. It's a very good machine. We typically run with a serial DSLR application. The signals we measure are pulse and we are utilizing the full bandwidth. View full review »
Jose Silva
Senior Design Engineer at PETsys Electronics SA
We use several models for validation of electronics designs, for particle physics, or for medical applications. It's a debugger and for prototyping. For us, the solution is mostly targeting 6G. We are measuring data transfer applications, mostly; data links and transference stability. We don't utilize the full bandwidth. View full review »
Jason Rivera
Computer Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories
Our primary use case is usually for testing analysis and diagnostics, or characterization. We are using various models, power supplies, and scopes. We are measuring all classes of signal families: Power, high-speed digital, RF, and analog. View full review »
Product Line Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Our primary use case is measuring data. It is a great software. It's quite good. I like the hardware. I like the user interface. We use Tektronix just like Apple. View full review »
Ramesh Thangellapslli
QA Director at a recruiting/HR firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use Tektronix instruments for testing and measuring instruments. We use them in a broadcasting video technology, for video and video applications, to measure CD waveforms and other testing processes. We use them in almost every testing instance for automated design and research. We measure RF, video, and sometimes audio. We are utilizing the full bandwidth of the product. View full review »
Glenn Snyder
Principal Electrical Engineer at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Debugging is our primary use case for the product. We use it around 500 megahertz, maybe one gigahertz, but we're not implementing any serial links. The signals we measure are clocks and data. For the most part we're measuring between FPGAs and memory chips and looking at their data buses. We're not usually utilizing the full bandwidth. View full review »
Hor Lam Cheuk
Sr Engineer at a tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We are using it for testing. The application space that this solution targets is embedded systems, i.e., security and data storage. View full review »
Post Doctoral Researcher at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
We mainly use it for TDR measurement. Sometimes, we convert them into a frequency domain. I'm working on a standard. They have a frequency requirements and time domain requirements. Sometimes, we will mix our equipment, but it's easier to do everything at the same time, so we measure in the time domain and convert it to the frequency domain. I'm measuring high speed differential lines. View full review »
George Brown
Sr Electrical Engineer at TVH Americas
We use it for detailed troubleshooting, mainly in the time domain. It has very slow ports. We use the measuring functions of the scope, tracking peak-to-peak, average, and min-max. For us the application space it's targeting is mainly the HF arena. We do get into 2.4 gig on a regular basis, but not usually much higher. We predominantly measure analog signals and signals that are power-supply related. With the switching of power supplies the way it happens now, the more information the better. View full review »
R&D at LTK
We use it for testing. Usually, for testing equipment, we define the test frequency in the range of 50 gigahertz. View full review »
Sai Ram Anand Vempati
Hardware Validation Engineer at Qualcomm
The primary case would be passenger measurements and calculations for all PCIe US facilities. View full review »
Engineer at NVIDIA Corporation
The primary use case is for signaling to every waveform measurement and doing some post analysis of the waveform. View full review »
Jimmy Nieh
Radio Frequency Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
The application space that we are using the solution to target is 5G and WiFi. We are using this solution to measure WiFi signals. We are using this product to support connected devices for IoT development. View full review »
Chris Cheng
Distinguished Technologist at HP Enterprise
We use many models of oscilloscopes for lab tests. We use it for high-speed systems, mostly for PCIe Gen4. We utilize the full bandwidth of the product. View full review »
Febin George
Lead Design Engineer at Cadence
It's a different bandwidth, so I use it for test compliance. View full review »
Learn what your peers think about Tektronix Oscilloscopes. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2020.
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