Tektronix Simplifies Serial Bus Debug to Drive Engineering Productivity

As serial bus standards become faster and more complex, debug has emerged as a major engineering productivity issue. Tektronix, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of oscilloscopes, is stepping up to simplify serial bus test complexity. The company today announced a broad set of oscilloscope firmware and software upgrades designed to simplify and shorten serial bus debug cycles and enhanced support for a number of important serial bus standards including PCI Express, CAN/LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553B and MOST (Media Oriented System Transport).

Over the past several years, serial buses have increased in diversity and complexity while engineers have less time than ever to focus on solving signal integrity issues. According to the recent EDN "Mind of the Engineer" study, 54 percent of engineers say they are "doing more with less" while 48 percent report increased job functions and responsibilities. Without deep expertise into serial bus standards, engineers often find that verifying performance and compliance can be difficult and frustrating. Tektronix is responding to this trend by building a deep level of intelligence about serial buses into its Performance Oscilloscope Series.

"We've heard from customers that serial bus debug is a growing challenge for them, due to the rapid pace of change and ever-growing complexity. What they need is a way to simplify serial bus debugging and verification," said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. "Responding to this need, we are rolling out major updates that build on our standards expertise to provide complete system confidence and maximize productivity. Through the use of a single instrument - the oscilloscope - customers can quickly identify timing or protocol-based errors saving engineering time and lowering equipment costs."


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