WaveRunner 6 Zi scopes provide 4GHz bandwidth - Embedded.com

WaveRunner 6 Zi scopes provide 4GHz bandwidth

LeCroy's WaveRunner 6 Zi oscilloscopes provide offset and timebase delay adjustment to allow signal and amplifier performance assessment and zooming on vertical and horizontal signal characteristics. They provide memory up to 128 Mpts, up to 40 GS/s sample rate, low noise, fast operation, and a full line of probing solutions.

The WaveRunner 6 Zi has a pivoting display that permits viewing signals vertically as well as horizontally to obtain more detail for optimum analysis. The  toolset includes everything engineers need to validate a design, debug errors at board bring up, and characterize an embedded system.

The 12.1 inch high resolution WXGA wide screen is designed to provide the best view of any signal type on the display. The widescreen is suitable for a variety of signals where long records are required and zooming or scrolling. Rotating the screen 90° degrees optimizes the display for viewing digital signals, jitter tracks, eye diagrams, and frequency plots. The screen image will adjust automatically when rotated. Tilt the display up or down in either orientation to minimize reflections or glare.

The X-Stream II fast throughput streaming architecture uses variable waveform segment lengths to improve CPU cache memory efficiency. LeCroy says traditional digital oscilloscopes that process full-size waveforms in one length pay a performance penalty due to overly simplistic architectures that are inattentive to the CPU architecture. WaveRunner is said to be much faster when processing long records compared. X-Stream II is augmented with an Intel Dual Core processor, high-speed data buses, a 64-bit Windows7 OS, and up to 4 GB of RAM.

For solving serial data problems when probes or cables are connected the scope can provide the correct level of detail needed to view, debug, and analyze the serial data signals. There is a combination of decode, trigger, measure/ graph, ProtoSync, and compliance tools. Whether the protocol under test is a new emerging standard requiring jitter end eye diagram testing, a mature standard requiring compliance testing, or an embedded standard requiring protocol and measurement and timing analysis, with over seventeen trigger, decode, and compliance solutions, WaveRunner 6 Zi can handle it.

The JITKIT Jitter package ease the understanding of the basic system jitter performance of clock signals and clock-data activities, including period, half period, cycle-cycle, skew, amplitude, differential voltage crossing, slew rate, and a wide variety of other common jitter measurements.

The WavePilot control area provides convenient operation of cursors, decode, WaveScan, history, LabNotebook, and spectrum by their respective function buttons on the front panel. The SuperKnob is a joystick-like knob in the center of the WavePilot control area used to easily navigate through tables, zoom and position waveforms, and quickly document and annotate your setups.

A powerful combination of high bandwidth edge and 10 different SMART triggers, four stage cascade triggering, measurement trigger, and Triggerscan are all standard, and will isolate the problem quickly to permit rapid focus on the cause. The measurement trigger offers a powerful option to qualify a trigger event based on a qualified measurement with great resolution.

 A high-speed serial trigger enables triggering on up to 3 Gb/s serial patterns of up to 80-bits in length. A full range of serial triggers (I2C, SPI,UART, RS-232, Audio (I2S, LJ, RJ, TDM), CAN, LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, SATA,PCIe, 8b/10b, USB2 and others) are also available.

C/C++, MATLAB, Excel, Jscript (JAVA), and Visual Basic can be used to create customized math functions, measurement parameters, or other control algorithms.

History mode enables scrolling back in time to isolate anomalies, measure them with parameters or cursors, and find the source of the problem. History mode is always buffering waveforms, so no user action is required to save traces, only to invoke the viewer.

TriggerScan uses high-speed hardware triggering capability with persistence displays to capture only the signals of interest and provide answers up to 100 times faster than other methods. Traditional fast display update modes work best on frequent events occurring on slow edge rates while TriggerScan excels in finding infrequent events on fast edge rates.

In addition to the general purpose WaveShape Analysis tools, application specific solutions are available for serial data compliance, embedded design, digital design, and automotive.

There are six models in the WaveRunner 6 Zi family.

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