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Tektronix FCA3100

300 MHz, 2-Ch Frequency Counter/Analyzer

Brand: Tektronix
Model Number: FCA3100
Our Item No: FCA3100
Condition: NEW
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Product Features:

  • 300 MHz Timer
  • 2 Input Channels
  • 50 ps Single-shot Time Resolution
  • 12 Digit/s Frequency Resolution
  • 0.001° Phase Resolution
  • 3 mV or better Voltage Resolution
  • Optional 5×10–8 High-stability Oven Time Base
  • 250k Sample/s Data Transfer Rate to Internal Memory(Up to 3.75M samples stored)
  • Up to 15k Sample/s Data Transfer Rate over USB/GPIB Bus(Block mode)
  • Up to 650 Individually Triggered Measurements/s
  • Automated Measurements: Frequency, Period, Ratio, Time Interval, Time Interval Error, Pulse Width, Rise/Fall
  • Time, Phase Angle, Duty Cycle, Maximum Voltage, Minimum Voltage, Peak-to-Peak Voltage
  • Multi-parameter Display
  • Trend Plot Mode
  • Measurement Statistics Mode
  • Histogram Mode
  • Allan Deviation
  • Zero Dead-time Frequency/Period Measurements
  • Programmable Pulse Output from 0.5 Hz to 50 MHz
  • Optional Rear-panel Inputs
  • USB Device and GPIB Ports on Rear Panel for Quick PC Connectivity
  • GPIB Interface Supports Full SCPI-compatible Programmability and offers an Emulation Mode for Plug-and-Play Replacement in Existing ATE Systems
  • External Arming Input
  • 10 MHz Reference Oscillator Output
  • Includes National Instrument’s LabVIEW SignalExpress TE Limited Edition Software for Connecting Your Bench
  • Optional TimeView Software Available for Modulation Domain Analysis

Feature-rich Tools for Precision Measurements

The Tektronix Tektronix FCA3100 300 MHz, 2-Ch, 50 ps, Standard Timebase Frequency Counter/Analyzer pack many different functions into one feature-rich instrument. With industry-leading frequency and time resolution, the FCA Series comes standard with deep internal memory and a fast data transfer rate of 250k Samples/s to internal memory. In addition, the multi-parameter display shows auxiliary measurements alongside your main measurement to provide you with the results you need at a glance. With the industry’s most comprehensive analysis modes, including measurement statistics, histograms, and trend plots, you have the tools you need to quickly and accurately analyze your signal.

Industry-leading Performance for Demanding Designs

High-resolution on the Tektronix is critical for R&D and production testing on today’s demanding designs. The FCA Series delivers 12-digit/s frequency resolution and for time measurements, single-shot resolution of 100 ps is available with measurement values displayed up to 14 digits. With industry-leading performance, the Tektronix provides you with fast, precise measurements.

Unique Features for Accurate Measurements

For correct calculation of statistical parameters, the Tektronix comes standard with limit qualifying capability. By setting limits, you can isolate one cluster in your calculation. This is important for applications such as verifying the jitter of digital pulses that appear in discrete clusters in CD players or in HDB3-coded data.

Also available is hysteresis compensation for time interval measurements. By adding hysteresis, you can reduce trigger-level error from the typical 15-20 mV found in most counters on the market today, down to a typical 2.5 mV. This means 6-8 times improved trigger precision in critical time interval measurements.

Fast Throughput Reduces Test Time

The Tektronix FCA3100 300 MHz, 2-Ch, 50 ps, Standard Timebase Frequency Counter/Analyzer offers industry-best throughput, saving you up to 90% on your testing time compared to other timer/counters on the market. Up to 250,000 measurement results per second can be stored in the internal memory. Alternatively, you can transfer up to 15,000 measurement results per second in Block mode through the GPIB or USB interface.

Analyze Your Device with the Industry’s Only Graphical Display

With the unique display of the Tektronix FCA3100, you can measure multiple parameters of the same signal from one test connection. To reveal signal quality issues like drift, intermittent transients, and stability, you can view the data as a real-time trend plot or a histogram with the FCA Series graphical display mode, or you can use measurement statistics to track how signal parameters are changing over time. A single-button Analyze mode gives you fast insight into the behavior of your device right on the timer/counter’s display.

Multi-parameter Display Click for larger image

Multi-parameter Display.

Multi-parameter Display

With the multi-parameter display, you can read important auxiliary measurement values (such as Vmax, Vmin, Vp-p, and more) displayed with your main frequency, time, period, or phase measurements. With one glance, you can see the information you need to quickly assess your device’s performance.

Phase Relationship Measurement Click for larger image

Phase Relationship Measurement

With up to 3 input channels, you can measure the relationship between different signals. For example, you can measure the phase relationship between the input and output signals of your device. You can read other critical parameters simultaneously, such as the test frequency of the signal and the voltage ratio (in dB), in one glance with the multi-parameter display.

Trend Plot Analysis Click for larger image

Trend Plot Analysis

Multi-parameter Display

Depending on your test case, your signal parameters may change from instant to instant. With the Trend Plot Analysis mode, you can graphically plot the trend of a measured value over time.

Measurement Statistics Click for larger image

Measurement Statistics

Measurement Statistics

Depending on your test case, your signal parameters may change from instant to instant. With the Trend Plot Analysis mode, you can graphically plot the trend of a measured value over time.

Histogram Plots Click for larger image

Histogram Plot

Histogram Plots

To graphically see the average and standard deviation of a set of measurements, you can use the histogram function to see the distribution of measurement results.

Optional Modulation Domain Analysis

With the optional Tektronix TimeView software (TVA3000), the Tektronix FCA3100 can become a high-performance modulation domain analyzer. With high measurement speeds (up to 250k measurement/s) and large memory depth (up to 3.75M points), fast frequency changes can be captured in real time and then analyzed with TimeView. This comprehensive software tool allows for remote instrument control, and the analysis and display of measurement results in a choice of graphs. For example, results can be displayed as raw data, statistical histogram, waveform graph (as if you were using an oscilloscope), or as an FFT spectrum graph. TimeView further allows analysis of modulation parameters like modulation depth or frequency modulation index.

Designed to Make Your Work Easier

The Tektronix FCA3100 300 MHz, 2-Ch, 50 ps, Standard Timebase Frequency Counter/Analyzer are designed with the ease of use and familiar operation you have come to expect from Tektronix.

Intuitive Operation

Menu-oriented settings reduce the risk of mistakes. With dedicated and menu-driven front-panel buttons, you will have fast access to frequently used functions and parameters, reducing setup time. For example, a single-touch Analyze key toggles you between Statistics, Trend Plot, and Histogram modes.

Autoset Function

Similar to Tektronix oscilloscopes, the front-panel Autoset button will automatically set optimum trigger levels and hysteresis adapted to the actual signal applied.

Easy PC Connectivity

Connect to your PC with the rear-panel GPIB or USB device ports. The GPIB interface operates in SCPI/GPIB for plug-and-play replacement in existing ATE systems or easy integration into larger test systems. If desired, an emulation mode for existing timer/counters is available.

Connect Your Bench for Intelligent Debug

Easily capture, save, and analyze measurement results from your Tektronix FCA3100 300 MHz, 2-Ch, 50 ps, Standard Timebase Frequency Counter/Analyzer with the special Tektronix Edition of National Instruments LabVIEW SignalExpress software. Every FCA Series timer/counter/analyzer ships with a free copy o f the Limited Edition version of SignalExpress for basic instrument control, data logging, and analysis. The optional Professional Edition offers over 200 built-in functions that provide additional signal processing, advanced analysis, sweeping, limit testing, and user-defined step capabilities.

SignalExpress supports the range of Tektronix bench instruments enabling you to connect your entire test bench. You can then access the feature-rich tools packed into each instrument from one intuitive software interface. This allows you to automate complex measurements requiring multiple instruments, log data for an extended period of time, time-correlate data from multiple instruments, and easily capture and analyze your results, all from your PC. Only Tektronix offers a connected test bench of intelligent instruments to simplify and speed debug of your complex design.

Performance You Can Count On

In addition to industry-leading service and support, every FCA Series timer/counter/analyzer comes backed with a three-year standard warranty.

  • 1 - Line cord
  • 1 - Calibration Certificate
  • 1 - Quick Start User Manual
  • 1 - CD-ROM w/ User Manual
  • 1 - Programmer’s Guide
  • 1 - Technical Specifications
  • 1 - Trial version of TimeView Software
  • 1 - CD-ROM w/ National Instruments LabVIEW SignalExpress Tektronix Edition, Limited Edition Software
  • Cannot be sold separately from main unit(s)
  • Order with purchase of new main unit(s)
  • Factory-installed, prior to shipping
  • Installations vary; please call for details
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