Advertorial - A New Perspective in Oscilloscope Signal Analysis

New LeCroy WaveRunner 6 Zi Oscilloscopes provide class leading performance, speed and versatility available from 400MHz to 4GHz in combination with the first rotating touch screen for horizontal and vertical signal display. Industry first 12-bits Oscilloscopes with 400 MHz and 600 MHz to follow in May 2011

LeCroy’s new line of WaveRunner 6 Zi oscilloscopes define superiority in a test instrument with a powerful feature set including a wide range of application packages, advanced triggering to isolate events, a user interface developed for quick and easy navigation, a wide range of probing options, and lightning-fast performance. Still the price of the new WaveRunner wasn’t changed compared to the previous generation.

The WaveRunner 6 Zi oscilloscope family features a pristine signal path that offers unmatched signal fidelity with low noise. This performance is augmented by a huge offset and timebase delay adjustment to allow easy signal and amplifier performance assessment and zooming on vertical and horizontal signal characteristics. With deep memory up to 128 Mpts, up to 40 GS/s sample rate, low noise, fast operation, a full line of probing solutions, and extensive serial data analysis tools, they are the most versatile oscilloscopes in the 400 MHz to 4 GHz class. In addition, LeCroy has designed the WaveRunner 6 Zi with a pivoting display that permits viewing signals vertically as well as horizontally to obtain more detail for optimum analysis. The comprehensive toolset includes everything engineers need to validate a design, debug errors at board bring up, and characterize an embedded system. The WaveRunner 6 Zi is the ultimate debug machine.
LeCroy is also announcing for May the first product line of 12-bit oscilloscopes with 400 MHz bandwidth, 2 GS/s sample rate and up to 256 Mpts.
First Rotating Display
The 12.1" high resolution WXGA wide screen is designed to provide the best view of any signal type on the display. The widescreen is ideal for a variety of signals where long records are required and zooming or scrolling Rotate the screen 90° degrees to optimize 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.

Fast Throughput with X-Stream II Streaming Architecture
WaveRunner 6 Zi makes long acquisition memory a pleasure to use with X-Stream II fast throughput streaming architecture, available exclusively from LeCroy. This architecture uses variable waveform segment lengths to improve CPU cache memory efficiency. 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. The result – WaveRunner is much faster when processing long records compared to other oscilloscopes. X-Stream II is augmented with an Intel® Dual Core™ processors, high-speed data buses, a 64-bit Windows7TM OS, and up to 4 GB of RAM.

A New Way to Navigate
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.

Most Comprehensive Serial Data Analysis
Solving serial data problems requires intimate knowledge of the protocol to get started. With the WaveRunner 6 Zi, the oscilloscope is the expert. Simply connect your probes or cables and the scope can provide the correct level of detail needed to view, debug, and analyze the serial data signals. Solutions address the Embedded, Military and Avionics, Handset/Mobile/ Cellular, and Storage/Peripherals/ Interconnects, with 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 has it all.
The new JITKIT Jitter package makes it simple and easy to understand 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.

More Trigger Capability Isolates More Problems More Quickly
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 many others) are also available.

Customized Tools
Only LeCroy completely integrates third party programs into the oscilloscope’s processing stream by allowing you to create and deploy a new measurement or math algorithm directly into the oscilloscope environment and display the resulton the oscilloscope in real-time. Use C/C++, MATLAB,® Excel, Jscript (JAVA), and Visual Basic to create your own customized math functions, measurement parameters, or other control algorithms.

History Mode
History mode lets you scroll back in time to isolate those anomalies, measure them with parameters or cursors, and quickly 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. These options extend the LeCroy standard measurement and analysis capabilities and expand the WaveRunner 6 Zi’s utility as needs change.

As for all its oscilloscope, LeCroy offers 3 years warranty for the WaveRunner 6Zi series.