Automotive Test with Oscilloscopes

An oscilloscope is an ideal tool for testing Automotive electronics. Many options are available for testing and analyzing special Automotive protocols such as CAN, Flexray, SENT, and others. Below a list of all news related to Automotive test:


Decode, Trigger & Search Support for the CAN XL Protocol

Tektronix CANXL20 March 2024 - Tektronix announced the release of the Tektronix CAN XL (Controller Area Network Extended Length) protocol decoder, enabling engineers incorporating the latest generation of CAN communications, and helping Tektronix customers compete in today’s fast-changing technology landscape. With the ability to decode signals representing data packets transmitted using CAN XL frames in a CAN network, the Tektronix CAN XL protocol decoder runs on today’s 4, 5, 6 Series MSO Oscilloscopes and also offers critical features such as error detection, analysis and debugging of timing and protocol headers.

SENT SPC Decoding for Oscilloscopes

Pico SENT SPC Decoder08 November 2023 - Pico Technology, a provider of PC-based oscilloscopes and data acquisition solutions, announced the addition of the SENT SPC Protocol Decoder to the PicoScope 7 toolset. The new decoder enhances the automotive testing capabilities of the widely acclaimed PicoScope range of oscilloscopes. SENT (“Single Edge Nibble Transmission”) and the superset SENT SPC (“Short PWM Code”) protocols are widely used in automotive applications.

High Definition Oscilloscopes with up to 500 MHz Bandwidth

Yokogawa DLM5000HD14 August 2023 - Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corporation released the DLM5000HD series high definition oscilloscopes. Positioned as a high-performance version of the DLM5000 series, the DLM5000HD series expands Yokogawa’s oscilloscope lineup with 500 MHz and 350 MHz frequency bandwidth models that deliver higher resolution for more accurate waveform analysis, and come with features that improve usability and enable easier setup.

CAN FD/LIN Monitor module

Yokogawa 720245CAN20. March 2023 - Yokogawa released the 720245 CAN FD/LIN monitor module for development and evaluation of automobiles, trucks, and vessels. The CAN FD/LIN monitor module can be used to decode the CAN FD or LIN-Bus signals and display information on physical data like engine temperature, vehicle speed and brake-pedal position as analog waveforms and compare this with the data coming from real sensors.

Test Solution for 10 Mb/s In-Vehicle Designs

TLC CAN XL07 November 2022 – Teledyne LeCroy announced the addition of a CAN XL Trigger, Decode, Measure/Graph and Eye Diagram (TDME) oscilloscope software option, enabling users to test, validate and debug automotive electronic control units (ECUs) and 10 Mb/s in-vehicle network (IVN) designs. This new CAN-XL oscilloscope option positions Teledyne LeCroy as the only vendor to offer complete capabilities for testing any 10 Mb/s in-vehicle network.

Oscilloscope Test Kits for Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Off-Highway Equipment

Pico Kits19 September 2022 - Pico Technology launched a set of new off-highway kits for Heavy-Duty vehicle and Off-Highway (HD-OH) equipment testing built around a dedicated PicoScope oscilloscope. Created for fault diagnosis on trucks, tractors, forklifts, boats, combine harvesters, excavators and more, the off-highway kits contain a modified PS4425A PicoScope having additional protection to better withstand off-highway conditions. The scope is fully supported by Pico Technology’s class-leading, and free, PicoScope 7 Automotive software.

100MHz Battery-Powered Automotive Oscilloscope

Micsig SATO100417 August 2022 - Saelig Company introduced the Micsig SATO1004 Automotive Tablet Oscilloscope with 4 channels, a bandwidth of 100MHz, an easy-use touchscreen operation and a comprehensive set of vehicle diagnostics. With its signal sample rate of 1GSa/s, the SATO1004 is a vehicle testing tool for evaluating systems such as: ABS, Accelerator Pedal, Throttle Position, Fuel Pressure, Air Flow meter, Crankshaft, Camshaft, Knock, MAP, 12/24V Charging & Start, Charging Ripple, Cranking Current Sensors, Actuators, Ignition, and Networks (CAN, LIN, Flex ray, K line, etc.)

MultiGBASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet Standard Compliance Test Solution

TLC wavemaster8zi b16 May 2022 - Teledyne LeCroy annouced a new MultiGBASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet standard compliance test solution. QPHY-MultiGBase-T1 is a software package which automates compliance testing and validation of 2.5G, 5G and 10G Automotive Ethernet, as is described in the MultGBase-T1 (IEEE 802.3ch) specification. Detailed connection diagrams ensure the proper setup and provide information about the required test pattern for each test. Upon completion of the test session, results are automatically compiled into a comprehensive report including screenshots.

Verification and Debugging of CAN XL and other Automotive Protocols

Keysight CAN XL28 April 2022 - Keysight Technologies released the industry's first oscilloscope-based automotive protocol trigger/decode solution (D9010AUTP) covering CAN XL (Controller Area Network eXtra Long) that enables engineers to verify and debug low-speed automotive serial bus protocols and simplify the development and troubleshooting of systems including CAN/CAN FD (Flexible Data Rate) and CAN XL.

Test of Advanced Infotainment and Driver Assistance Systems

Keysight SerDes Oszi29 November 2021 - Keysight Technologies announced new automotive serializer/deserializer (SerDes) transmit and channel test applications, as well as an automotive adapter portfolio to verify mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) A-PHY and Automotive SerDes Alliance (ASA) standards. These solutions were developed in collaboration with Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation and Rosenberger.

New App guides Technicians through Automotive Diagnostics

Pico AutomotiveApp25 October 2021 - Pico Technology launched the new PicoScope Automotive app. This exciting development is not PicoScope software running on a phone or tablet, but instead brings together a powerful and accessible set of information designed to be our most interactive and complete customer engagement tool. The app gives new users everything they need to understand PicoScope no matter the level of their diagnostic experience.

IEEE 802.3ch MultiGBASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet Compliance Test

RS K8819 April 2021 - The new K88 option for R&S RTO and R&S RTP oscilloscopes from Rohde & Schwarz enables compliance testing on the next evolution of the automotive Ethernet standard. The new IEEE 802.3ch standard addresses the need for high speed networking and data transfers within the car. The R&S RTO-K88 and RTP-K88 compliance test software options for MultiGBASE-T1 are now available from Rohde & Schwarz.

Combination of Oscilloscope and Datalogger

Yokogawa DL95016 February 2021 - Yokogawa Test & Measurement Corporation announced the DL950 ScopeCorder, a high-precision data acquisition system. The DL950 is the successor to the DL850 and DL850V ScopeCorder series that were released in 2010, and features a number of enhancements that improve both functionality and operability. In addition, two new input modules are being released for the DL950; these are the 720212, which is capable of reading data at 200 mega-samples per second (MS/s), and the 720256, which can read data from four input channels at 10 MS/s. By the fall of this year, Yokogawa will also release an optional flash acquisition function for the storage of high-sampling-rate data in embedded non-volatile memory.

First Trigger and Decode Solution for 1000BASE-T1 Automotive Ethernet

RS K5808 February 2021 - With the new K58 option for its oscilloscopes R&S RTO and R&S RTP, Rohde & Schwarz launches the world’s first triggering and decoding solution for 1000BASE-T1, further extending its leading position in test solutions for automotive. Similar to the existing 100BASE-T1 or CAN bus analysis and decode capability, OEMs and Tier1 suppliers now have the possibility to analyse and decode the latest bus speeds at the leading edge of automotive digital design.

IEEE 802.3ch Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Compliance Test Solution

Tek Automotive Ethernet05 February 2021 – Tektronix launched the TekExpress Multi-Gigabit Automotive Ethernet Compliance Test Solution as the first-in-market solution to meet the requirements of complex automotive designs. As newer automotive technologies such as autonomous driving, 5G and connected car solutions develop, the paths carrying the vast amount of data necessary to support those technologies must be tested to ensure reliable transfers between a vehicle’s electronic sub-systems.

Nanosecond-precision Latency Measurements for Automotive Ethernet

RS RTO200017 July 2020 - With radar, lidar and camera sensors present in automobiles, time sensitivity on networks becomes extremely important, as vast amounts of sensor data need to be transferred and processed within a few milliseconds. Test and measurement expert Rohde & Schwarz and time-sensitive networks specialist, TSN Systems have successfully cooperated on precise timing measurements for in-vehicle networks using automotive Ethernet 100BASE-T1.

Diagnostic Oscilloscopes for Vehicles

Pico 4425A14 April 2020 - Pico Technology launched the new PicoScope 4425A and 4225A diagnostic oscilloscopes, available in 4-channel and 2-channel configurations. This latest diagnostic PicoScope combines all the strengths of the existing 4425/4225 labscopes but adds a smart interface for powered and intelligent accessories (PicoBNC+), which combines the standard BNC with an active digital connection and power. The 4425A and 4225A continue to work with all existing BNC probes and accessories, preserving investments.

Automotive Test Scopes with WiFi and LAN Connection

TiePie 4Channel Automotive30 March 2020 - TiePie engineering introduced three new powerful high resolution Automotive Test Scopes with WiFi and LAN connection, the Automotive Test Scope ATS610004DW-XMSG (1GSa/s), Automotive Test Scope ATS605004DW-XMS (500 MSa/s) and Automotive Test Scope ATS5004DW (50 MSa/s). These new WiFiScopes are the first and industry’s only WiFi connected Automotive Test Scopes with differential inputs.

Testing and Debugging of Automotive Ethernet

Pico BroadReach25 November 2019 - Pico Technology released a new BroadReach decoder/analyzer package that simplifies Automotive Ethernet integration testing and debugging. The package includes a novel non-intrusive Software Directional Coupler to separate up- and downstream traffic on full-duplex communication lines.

Motor Drive Analyzer with 8 analog Channels

TLC mda8000hd03 October 2019 – Teledyne LeCroy announced its new MDA 8000HD Motor Drive Analyzers, which leverage the new WaveRunner 8000HD High Definition Oscilloscope (HDO) platform of 8 analog channels, 12-bit vertical resolution at all times, up to 5 Gigapoints of acquisition memory (1.25 Gigapoints on all 8 channels), 10 GS/s sample rate, and bandwidths up to 2 GHz.

IEEE 802.3cg 10BASE-T1S Compliance Test Solution

RS Auto24 September 2019 - The flexibility of Automotive Ethernet makes the simple twisted-pair network technology ideal for an ever-increasing range of in-vehicle networks. The new IEEE 10BASE-T1S standard expands the range of applications supported by Automotive Ethernet to include integrating simple devices into the network. Rohde & Schwarz presented the first compliance test solution for testing device-compliance to 10BASE-T1S.

Automotive Ethernet Debug Toolkit

TLC TF AUTO26 August 2019 - Teledyne LeCroy launched a new dedicated Automotive Ethernet Debug Toolkit, and an Automotive Ethernet Breakout Test Fixture which cover all aspects of physical layer Automotive Ethernet testing with compliance testing for 100Base-T1 and 1000Base-T1.

Automotive Ethernet Test Solution for Tektronix Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes

Tek 5Series26 July 2019 -- Tektronix released two new software packages that greatly simplify Automotive Ethernet testing, debug and Protocol Decode for use with its 5 and 6 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSO). Using the new Signal Separation software, automotive engineers can now perform Automotive Ethernet testing without disrupting the ECU system or cutting the Ethernet cable to install a directional coupler, while the PAM3 analysis package provides in-depth insight into signal characteristics at the system level.

Free CAN-FD Trigger and Decode Upgrade

Acute CAN news 20181120154222308128 November 2018 - Acute Technology Inc. offers a free CAN-FD trigger and decode upgrade for its TravelScope series DSO. The PC based Acute TS2212H and TS2212B oscilloscopes feature 2 channels with 200 MHz bandwidth and a sampling rate of 1 GS/s and include built-in frequency generator, DVM and digital frequency counter.

CAN FD Monitoring Module for Yokogawa ScopeCorder

Yokogawa CAN ScopeCorder18 April 2018 - Yokogawa introduced a new CAN FD monitoring module for its ScopeCorder family of portable data-acquisition and recording instruments. The new 720242 plug-in module is compatible with the DL850EV (Vehicle Edition) instrument and the new DL350 ScopeCorder fitted with the /VE option.

New Oscilloscope Software Solutions for Automotive Design and Engineering

Tek CAN FD06 December 2017 – Tektronix released new automotive-specific software solutions for the 5 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscope designed to speed up validation and debug and shorten design cycles for the complex electronics systems found in next-generation vehicles. These new automotive solutions take full advantage of key 5 Series MSO innovations including up to 8 channels, 12-bit resolution and its massive high-definition capacitive touch display and highly intuitive user interface.

Low Speed 24 Bit Channel Extension for Oscilloscopes

TLC SAM4020 November 2017 - Teledyne LeCroy launched 24-Bit sensor acquisition extension modules for its oscilloscopes. The SAM40 provides up to 24 input channels for low frequency (sensor signal) acquisition and analysis. It connects to a 4 or 8 channel Teledyne LeCroy 12-bit resolution high definition oscilloscope (HD4096 HDOs and MDAs) to provide Analog+Digital+Sensor (up to 8+16+24 channel) acquisitions. This capability is ideal for system debug and analysis of deeply embedded, electromechanical, and mechatronic designs.

New Power Analysis and Serial Trigger/Decode Options

Tek CurrentHarmonics15 November 2017 – Tektronix released new options for the 5 Series MSO mixed signal oscilloscope including a power analysis solution, Automotive Ethernet testing solution, and serial trigger and decode solutions for the aerospace and automotive markets. These new solutions take full advantage of key 5 Series MSO innovations including up to 8 input channels, 12-bit resolution and its massive high-definition capacitive touch display and highly intuitive Direct Access user interface.

CXPI Automotive Serial Bus Analysis

Yokogawa CXPI26 October 2017 - Yokogawa adds CXPI automotive serial bus analysis to the range of options available on the company’s DLM2000 and DLM4000 Series mixed signal oscilloscopes. CXPI (Clock Extension Peripheral Interface) is a new automotive serial bus interface that is designed to provide an optimised solution in applications previously served by the established CAN and LIN bus systems, which until now have been the main interfaces used for in-vehicle communications.

Portable Oscilloscope supports CAN-FD and SENT Decoding

RS ScopeRider Handheld20 June 2017 - Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its R&S Scope Rider handheld oscilloscope, adding triggering and decoding software for the CAN flexible data rate (CAN-FD) and single edge nibble transmission (SENT) bus systems. It is currently the only portable oscilloscope capable of analyzing CAN, LIN, CAN-FD and SENT bus signals, making it the perfect tool for troubleshooting automotive applications – from commissioning to drive tests.

Compact, Battery-powered Combination of Oscilloscope and Data Recorder

Yokogawa DL350 modules13 June 2017 - Yokogawa launched the DL350 ScopeCorder, a combination of oscilloscope and data recorder. The DL350 ScopeCorder offers the same high reliability and precision as the high-end DL850E and DL850EV models, yet is optimized for the performance testing and troubleshooting of products and equipment in the field. It weighs just 3.9 kg and uses many of the same plug-in modules as the DL850E.

TiePie added Crankshaft Angle I/O to Oscilloscope Software

TiePie Software 1p312 April 2017 - TiePie engineering announced that Version 1.36 of the Multi Channel oscilloscope software is now available for download. A demo version is also available, which can be used without connecting measuring instruments. For automotive purposes a Crankshaft angle I/O was added. In modern engines, usually a crankshaft sensor is present which generates a periodic signal with a number of cycles per revolution of the engine.

First 1000Base-T1 Compliance Test Solution

RS RTO K8706 April 2017 - Automotive Ethernet has established itself as a standard communications structure. All major manufacturers now depend on this cost-efficient solution for fast data transmission in motor vehicles. With the new IEEE 1000Base-T1 standard, the success story continues. Rohde & Schwarz is the first T&M equipment manufacturer to offer a 1000Base-T1 compliance test solution for the R&S RTO digital oscilloscope.

Free CAN FD decoding for PicoScope Oscilloscopes

Pico CAN decoding27 February 2017 - Pico Technology added CAN FD decoding to its PicoScope 6 software. This software, available free of charge for all PicoScope oscilloscopes, delivers advanced features such as serial decoding, channel math, mask limit testing and spectrum analysis, while maintaining a clear, uncluttered display with easy-to-use controls.

CAN FD Support for Tektronix Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes

Tektronix CAN FD20 October 2016 - Tektronix introduced a complete CAN FD protocol trigger, decode and search solution for its MDO3000 and MDO4000C Series of mixed domain oscilloscopes. The solution helps automotive engineers to meet consumer demand for more capable and sophisticated electronic modules and integrated systems. Automobile manufacturers are increasingly adopting the CAN FD (Controller Area Network with Flexible Data Rate) protocol which allows them to transmit more data inside vehicles.

First Oscilloscope with PSI5 Bus Analysis Support

Yokogawa DLM400013 October 2016 - Yokogawa announces support for Peripheral Sensor Interface 5 (PSI5) bus analysis on its 8 channel DLM4000 and 2 and 4 channel DLM2000 oscilloscopes. Yokogawa’s PSI5 support is a first for the industry, and makes its oscilloscopes uniquely useful for automotive designers and engineers.

Analyzing CXPI Interfaces for Automotive Applications

RS RTO200028 September 2016 - The new R&S RTx-K76 CXPI serial triggering and decoding option from Rohde & Schwarz allows users to analyze the clock extension peripheral interface (CXPI) communications bus with R&S RTE and R&S RTO oscilloscopes. Users can decode all protocol details and isolate anomalies by triggering on the corresponding details. This significantly accelerates design verification and implementation of CXPI interfaces.

First CXPI Triggering and Decode Options for Oscilloscopes

Keysight CXPI05 May 2016 - Keysight Technologies announced the clock extension peripheral interface (CXPI) decoding and triggering options for its InfiniiVision 3000T and 4000 X-Series oscilloscopes. These are the only oscilloscopes available today that can decode and trigger on the CXPI bus. These new capabilities improve engineers’ efficiency in debugging the physical layer of CXPI serial buses, which are used primarily in automotive applications.

Rigol adds Automotive Bus Decoding Options to mid range Scope Series

Rigol Automotive26 February 2016 - Rigol offers options for CAN, LIN and FlexRay Bus Decoding for its mid range oscilloscope series DS/MSO4000. CAN Bus and LIN Bus are the most implemented bus systems at motor vehicles. While the CAN Bus is used for secure, important functions, the LIN Bus is used at low risk, low security functions as for example integrations within the door or the seat region.

Three new Modules for Yokogawa’s ScopeCorder Family

Yokogawa DL850E modules22 October 2015 -Yokogawa added new products to the range of plug-in measurement modules for Yokogawa’s DL850E/DL850EV ScopeCorder family, bringing the total number of modules available to 19. The new units are the 720211 high-speed (100 MS/s) 12-bit isolation module, the 720243 SENT monitor module (available only for the DL850EV Vehicle Edition ScopeCorder) and the 720254 4-channel 1 MS/s 16-bit isolation module.

Physical Layer Testing for APIX2 In-Car Video Applications

Keysight APIX203 September 2015 – Keysight Technologies announced a new compliance application for characterizing and testing of APIX2 (Automotive Pixel Link) high-speed SerDes (serialiser/deserialiser) technology using the Keysight Infiniium Series oscilloscopes. Developed by Inova Semiconductors, APIX2 is a multi-channel technology for high-resolution in-car video applications. APIX2 can establish multiple display links with a bandwidth of up to 3Gbps, over two pairs of copper cables or a single QSTP cable, and supports HD video at 24 bit color depth.

New CAN FD and FlexRay Trigger and Decode Options

TLC WaveSurfer3000e28 July 2015 – Teledyne LeCroy introduced two new trigger and decode options for the WaveSurfer 3000 oscilloscope: CAN FD and FlexRay. The addition of CAN FD and FlexRay trigger and decode capabilities to the WaveSurfer 3000 protocol analyzer capabilities provides all the tools needed to analyze and debug automotive systems using the CAN FD and/or FlexRay serial data communication standards.

CAN FD Triggering and Decode Option for Keysight Oscilloscopes

Keysight oscilloscope CAN FD Test10 June 2015 – Keysight Technologies introduced ISO CAN FD (controller area network with flexible data rate) decoding and triggering for its InfiniiVision 3000T X-Series oscilloscopes. The new capabilities improve engineers’ efficiency in debugging the ISO 11898-1 standard CAN FD, as well as the original non-ISO CAN FD protocol.

New In-Vehicle Serial Bus Options for Yokogawa Mixed-Signal Oscilloscopes

Yokogawa MSO oscilloscopes DLM2000 400017 April 2015 - Yokogawa offers new trigger and analysis options for its DLM2000 (4-channel) and DLM4000 (8-channel) mixed-signal oscilloscopes (MSOs) for testing the latest generation of in-vehicle serial buses. The new options are specifically designed to address the measurement challenges posed by the CAN FD (CAN with Flexible Data Rate) and SENT (Single Edge Nibble Transmission) bus systems.

New Measurement and Graphing Capabilities for CAN FD Analysis

Teledyne-WaveRunner-6Zi27 November 2014 – Teledyne LeCroy announced the addition of unique measurement and graphing capabilities to their CAN Flexible Data-Rate (FD) serial trigger and decode solution. The new CAN FD solution (CAN FD TDM) enables designers using this new standard to gain unprecedented insight in to their systems, correlating physical layer signals and protocol layer data on a single display while also measuring and plotting bus performance. These tools can be used to measure the time between two CAN or CAN FD messages, or from a message to an analog signal. These measurements can then be extracted to recreate analog waveforms.

CAN FD and SENT Triggering and Decode Options

Keysight InfiniiVision 4000x13 November 2014 – Keysight Technologies introduced CAN FD (controller area network with flexible data-rate) and SENT (single-edge nibble transmission) decoding and triggering options for its InfiniiVision 4000 X-Series oscilloscopes. The new capabilities improve engineers’ efficiency in debugging CAN FD and SENT serial buses, which are used primarily in automotive applications.

BroadR-Reach Interface Verification with Oscilloscopes

RS-RTO-osci29 July 2014 — Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the application field of the R&S RTO oscilloscopes to include the testing of automotive Ethernet interfaces. In line with the OPEN Alliance test specification, the new R&S RTO-K24 compliance test software enables users to perform automated tests on BroadR Reach Ethernet interfaces. BroadR Reach technology makes it possible to combine multiple applications such as video streaming from rear view cameras and signal transmission from automotive radar systems to create a single, open and scalable Ethernet network inside the vehicle.