Oscilloscope News

Tek S5new11 January 2022 -- Tektronix launched a new version of its 5 Series mixed-signal oscilloscope (MSO). The new B version includes several updates, such as a new auxiliary trigger input that lets users synchronize the oscilloscope to an external signal without consuming any of the 4, 6, or 8 full-capability input channels. For the optional, built-in arbitrary/function generator, the maximum frequency output increases from 50 MHz to 100 MHz, enabling higher frequency stimulus for measurements such as Bode plots and impedance measurements. These new capabilities are invaluable for making fast, thorough checks of power integrity on power distribution networks.

To serve the needs of engineers working and collaborating outside the lab, the new 5 Series B MSO works with new tools for offline analysis and cloud data storage. TekScope PC software enables analysis of oscilloscope waveform data anywhere, without tying up the oscilloscope. Controls are built into the scope to enable saving to TekDrive cloud storage with a single button press. Users can easily save waveform data to the cloud, allowing teams to work and collaborate almost anywhere in the world.

Additional features include:

A new, brighter display provides greater clarity, showcasing waveform detail from the instrument’s 12-bit ADCs.

History Mode leverages the 5 Series B’s extended memory, allowing users to capture thousands of triggered events and easily review them to find events of interest.

Solid State Drive System ensures all user data is stored on a removable drive. For secure labs where measurement data integrity is mission critical.

A faster processor makes controls even more responsive and will support additional, more complex measurement analysis in the future.

The B version updates the original 5 Series MSO, which was launched in 2017 and was well-received by engineers for its big display and thoughtful integration of a pinch, drag, and swipe touchscreen user interface. Both the original 5 Series and the new 5 Series B ship with low-loading passive probes with bandwidth up to 1 GHz, also offers support for a wide range of probes, such as power rail and optically isolated probes like the IsoVu isolated probe, eliminating common-mode interference using optical isolation.

Since the release of the original 5 Series, Tek has released 16 firmware updates, each of which has added new capabilities that collectively deepen the instrument’s solution coverage measurement applications in areas like serial protocol decoding, motor drive analysis, and RF spectrum analysis.


The 5 Series B MSO is now available globally with prices varying per region. Price listing starts at € 14.800 / £ 12.800 / $ 16.800. To ensure 5 Series B owners are protected from accidental damage, Tektronix is offering an introductory promotional price on a Total Protection service plan when purchased with the instrument.


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