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Performance oscilloscope probes tackle smaller, faster designs

Tektronix has introduced the P7700 series of TriMode probes for use with Tektronix performance oscilloscopes. Claimed to offer up to 20GHz bandwidth, the probes are said to ease the challenges designers face when debugging circuits found in the latest mobile and enterprise designs by minimising probe loading, improving access to smaller, more-densely packed test locations and lowering overall cost of ownership.

Unlike other probe designs that use long tip cables connected to a remote amplifier, the P7700 Series probes feature a design where the probe’s input amplifier is located 4mm from the connection point, minimising signal loss, probe tip capacitance and noise. They also use compact solder tips that fit into tight spots to minimise the impact on the small size components on the board.

Additionally, the P7700 series probes introduce the TekFlex connector which is designed to be easy to attach and provide the user with a reliable, secure connection. Every P7700 series probe comes with low-cost solder tips that support full bandwidth performance for the probes.

The P7700 TriMode probes are said to compliment Tektronix performance oscilloscopes and validation and debug tools for LPDDR memory, MIPI mobile standards and high-speed serial standards such as USB 3.1 and PCI Express.

Tom Austin-Morgan

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