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RS Components introduces high-spec, low-cost oscilloscope for industry and education

Tektronix TBS2000 upgrade delivers 200MHz bandwidth, up to 2 gigasamples/second

LONDON, UK, 30 July 2020 – RS Components (RS), a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers, has introduced the Tektronix TBS2000B digital storage oscilloscope, aimed at industrial design and maintenance engineers and the educational sector. A higher-specification but low-cost drop-in replacement for the popular TBS2000, the TBS2000B offers up to 200MHz bandwidth, a 2 gigasample/sec sample rate, and a lower-noise analogue front end.

The TBS2000B provides bandwidth options of 200MHz, 100MHz and 70MHz, with field upgrades possible from lower to higher bandwidths. Models with two or four analogue channels are available, with sampling rates of 2 gigasample/sec over two channels or 1 gigasample/sec over four channels. A record length of 5 million points is available.

Alongside the default sample mode, a “peak detect” mode is available to identify spikes while an “average” mode helps reduce noise on repetitive signals. Signals, measurement results and menu information are all displayed on a clear, spacious 9-inch WVGA colour display with 15 horizontal divisions, so designs can be debugged and validated quickly, easily and confidently.

The TBS2000B provides 32 automated measurements, selectable from a single screen without hunting through menus. Measurements are colour coded by source and shown on a transparent background so that they do not obscure waveforms.

On-waveform cursor readouts are a new feature, while a zoom function lets the user pan quickly through a record and zoom in to signal details. A “search and mark” feature allows events in an acquired waveform to be identified and marked throughout the entire acquisition. A dedicated FFT button on the front panel speeds up waveform analysis.

Tektronix’s TekVPI probe interface supports active voltage and current probes — with automatic scaling and units — as well as passive BNC probes. Data such as error conditions are sent direct to the oscilloscope for processing, eliminating manual offsetting and degaussing. Front and rear USB 2.0 and an Ethernet port allow quick, easy data storage, PC and network connections, and the TBS2000B is the first oscilloscope in its class to offer WiFi capability.

For educational use, the TSB2000B is fully compatible with the TekSmartLab instrument management software and provides a Courseware function that displays exercises and guidance on screen; Tektronix offers 100 sample lab exercises for download. Educators can disable autoset, cursors and automated measurements to facilitate teaching of basic concepts.

A further new feature on theTBS2000B is HelpEverywhere, which shows instant assistance during navigation through key menus.

The Tektronix TBS2000B digital storage oscilloscope is shipping now from RS in the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions.


About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, a global omni-channel solutions partner for industrial customers and suppliers who are involved in designing, building or maintaining industrial equipment and facilities. We aim to offer our customers unrivalled choice of product technologies, solve problems with innovative solutions and deliver a world-class customer experience, making it easy to do business with us.

We stock more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers. We solve problems and provide a wide range of value-added solutions to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we trade through multiple channels and ship over 50,000 parcels a day.

Electrocomponents plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2020 reported revenue of £1.95 billion. Electrocomponents plc has six operating brands; RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark and IESA.

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