Friday, November 19, 2010

Bench top instruments range broadened

The new FCA3100 from Tektronix available from RS for next day delivery
RS Components is adding newly released bench top instruments from Tektronix to its Test & Measurement portfolio.   The addition of new frequency counters and timers from the world’s foremost supplier of oscilloscopes extends the extensive range of design support tools available from RS for next day delivery.

The FCA3000 and FCA3100 frequency counters and timers integrate the functionality of a frequency counter, frequency meter and timer into one feature-rich instrument.  These new instruments allow design engineers to make over 13 different frequency, period, time, pulse, or phase measurements with high resolution. Comprehensive analysis modes include measurement statistics, histograms, and trend plots.

“A significant number of our design engineering customers are already using oscilloscopes from Tektronix,” commented Fred Knowles, Head of Product Management, Electronics, at RS.  “By including these new frequency timers/counters in our test and measurement portfolio we are now able to offer them complementary bench top instruments with familiar interfaces from a trusted and reliable supplier.”

Trevor Smith, Tektronix technical marketing manager continued, “RS has always been a trusted source of information for engineers.  The market leading online design support tools that they now provide make them the ideal partner for the launch of our new bench top instruments.”

The new cost effective instruments offer a wide frequency range up to 300 MHz.  These instruments deliver 12-digit/sec frequency resolution and single-shot resolution of 50 ps (FCA3100) or 100 ps (FCA3000) for time.  Dedicated buttons and on-display menus provide fast access to frequently used functions, reducing set up time. USB and GPIB device ports support remote control and fast measurement transfer speeds.

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