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Mixed Domain Oscilloscope; (2) 500MHz analog channels, 10M record length, 500MHz spectrum analyzer, 3-year warranty, Certificate of Traceable Calibration Standard
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Product Description


The ultimate 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscope, completely customizable and fully upgradeable

Today’s integrated designs need an oscilloscope that is just as integrated – such as the MDO3000 Mixed Domain Oscilloscope (MDO) Series. It is the ultimate 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscope that includes an integrated spectrum analyzer, arbitrary function generator, logic analyzer, protocol analyzer, and digital voltmeter/counter. The MDO3000 is completely customizable and fully upgradeable. Add the instruments and performance you need now – or later.

Key performance specifications
  • 1. Oscilloscope
    • 2 and 4 analog channel models
    • 1 GHz, 500 MHz, 350 MHz, 200 MHz, 100 MHz bandwidth models
    • Bandwidth is upgradable (up to 1 GHz)
    • Up to 5 GS/s sample rate
    • 10 M record length on all channels
    • >280,000 wfm/s maximum waveform capture rate
    • Standard passive voltage probes with 3.9 pF capacitive loading and 1 GHz, 500 MHz, or 250 MHz analog bandwidth
  • 2. Spectrum Analyzer
    • Frequency range
      • Standard: 9 kHz – oscilloscope bandwidth
      • Optional: 9 kHz – 3 GHz
    • Ultra-wide capture bandwidth up to 3 GHz
  • 3. Arbitrary Function Generator (Optional)
    • 13 predefined waveform types
    • 50 MHz waveform generation
    • 128 k arbitrary generator record length
    • 250 MS/s arbitrary generator sample rate
  • 4. Logic Analyzer (Optional)
    • 16 digital channels
    • 10 M record length on all channels
    • 121.2 ps timing resolution
  • 5. Protocol Analyzer (Optional)
    • Serial bus support for I2C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, USB 2.0, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, and Audio standards
  • Digital Voltmeter / Frequency Counter (Free with product registration)
    • 4-digit AC RMS, DC, and AC+DC RMS voltage measurements
    • 5-digit frequency measurements



Typical applications

  • Embedded designDiscover and solve issues quickly by performing system level debug on mixed signal embedded systems including today’s most common serial bus technologies with the 6-in-1 MDO3000 and support for a broad set of common serial buses.
  • Power designMake reliable and repeatable voltage, current, and power measurements using automated power quality, switching loss, harmonics, ripple, modulation, and safe operating area measurements with the widest selection of power probes in an affordable solution.
  • EducationManaging multiple instruments on a bench can be troublesome. The MDO3000 eliminates the need to manage multiple instruments by integrating six instrument types into a single, small (5.8 in., 147.4 mm deep) instrument. The combination of a small instrument and high level of integration aids in the teaching of various electronics principles as well as in its usage for more sophisticated lab experiments. Full upgradeability enables adding functionality over time as needs change or budgets allow.
  • Manufacturing Test and TroubleshootingSize and space constraints can play havoc on a manufacturing floor. The unique 6-in-1 MDO3000 minimizes rack or bench space by integrating multiple instruments into one small package. Integration reduces cost associated with utilizing multiple different instrument types in manufacturing test or troubleshooting stations.
  • Service Installation and MaintenanceHaving the right instruments when and where you need them is critical. The MDO3000 includes six instrument types in a light weight (9.2 lb., 4.2 kg), portable package – making it the perfect choice where space is limited and flexibility is desired.

Need more performance?

MSO/DPO2000B MDO3000 MDO4000C MSO/DPO5000B
High-level description Advanced Debug Features at an Affordable Price Integrated Oscilloscope with Six Instruments in One Synchronized Insights into Analog, Digital and RF Signals Exceptional Signal Fidelity with Advanced Analysis and Math
Commonly used for
  • Design and Debug
  • Education
  • Design and Debug
  • EMI Troubleshooting
  • Education
  • Design and Debug
  • EMI Troubleshooting
  • General Purpose RF Design and Integration
  • Advanced Design and Debug
  • USB Ethernet Compliance
  • Research
Analog Bandwidth 70 MHz, 100 MHz, 200 MHz 100 MHz, 200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz,
1 GHz
200 MHz, 350 MHz, 500 MHz,
1 GHz
350 MHz, 500 MHz, 1 GHz,
2 GHz
Maximum Analog Sample Rate 1 GS/s 5 GS/s 5 GS/s 10 GS/s
Analog Channels 2, 4 2, 4 4 4
Record Length 1 M 10 M 20 M 25 M (Optional) Up to 125 M
Digital Channels (Optional) 16 (Optional) 16 16 (Optional) 16
Spectrum Analyzer Channel N/A (Standard) 9 kHz – Analog BW (Optional) 9 kHz – 3 GHz (Optional) 9 kHz – 3 GHz (Optional) 9 kHz – 6 GHz N/A
AFG N/A Up to 50 MHz with 13 functions and arbitrary waveform generation N/A N/A
Serial Bus Analysis Trigger & Decode: I 2 C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, LIN Trigger & Decode: I 2 C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, USB2.0, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, Audio Trigger & Decode: I 2 C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, USB2.0, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, Audio Trigger & Decode: I 2 C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, CAN, LIN, FlexRay, USB2.0, Ethernet, MIL-STD-1553  Decode Only: USB-HSIC, MIPI D-PHY
Compliance: BroadR-Reach, USB2.0, USB-PWR, Ethernet, MOST
Advanced Analysis Power, Limit/Mask, Video Power, Limit/Mask, Video, Spectrogram, Vecto signal analysis Power, Limit/Mask, Video, Vector signal analysis, Jitter
Standard Probing 100 MHz, 12 pF or
200 MHz, 12 pF
200 MHz, 3.9 pF 500 MHz, 3.9 pF
1 GHz, 3.9 pF
200 MHz, 3.9 pF 500 MHz, 3.9 pF
1 GHz, 3.9 pF
500 MHz, 3.9 pF or
1 GHz, 3.9 pF

1 – Oscilloscope

At the core of the MDO3000 Series is a world-class oscilloscope, offering comprehensive tools that speed each stage of debug – from quickly discovering anomalies and capturing them, to searching your waveform record for events of interest and analyzing their characteristics and your device’s behavior.

Digital phosphor technology with FastAcq® high-speed waveform capture

To debug a design problem, first you must know it exists. Every design engineer spends time looking for problems in their design, a time- consuming and frustrating task without the right debug tools.

Digital phosphor technology provides you with fast insight into the real operation of your device. Its fast waveform capture rate – greater than 280,000  wfms/s with FastAcq – gives you a high probability of quickly seeing the infrequent problems common in digital systems: runt pulses, glitches, timing issues, and more.

To further enhance the visibility of rarely occurring events, intensity grading is used to indicate how often rare transients are occurring relative to normal signal characteristics. There are four waveform palettes available in FastAcq acquisition mode.

  • The Temperature palette uses color-grading to indicate frequency of occurrence with hot colors like red/yellow indicating frequently occurring events and colder colors like blue/green indicating rarely occurring events.
  • The Spectral palette uses color-grading to indicate frequency of occurrence with colder colors like blue indicating frequently occurring events and hot colors like red indicating rarely occurring events.
  • The Normal palette uses the default channel color (like yellow for channel one) along with gray-scale to indicate frequency of occurrence where frequently occurring events are bright.
  • The Inverted palette uses the default channel color along with gray-scale to indicate frequency of occurrence where rarely occurring events are bright.

These color palettes quickly highlight the events that over time occur more often or, in the case of infrequent anomalies, occur less often.

Infinite or variable persistence choices determine how long waveforms stay on the display, helping you to determine how often an anomaly is occurring.


Digital phosphor technology with FastAcq enables greater than 280,000 wfms/s waveform capture rate and real-time color-intensity grading.


Discovering a device fault is only the first step. Next, you must capture the event of interest to identify root cause. To enable this, the MDO3000 contains over 125 trigger combinations providing a complete set of triggers – including runt, logic, pulse width/glitch, setup and hold violation, serial packet, and parallel data – to help quickly locate your event of interest. And with up to a 10 M record length, you can capture many events of interest, even thousands of serial packets, in a single acquisition for further analysis while maintaining high resolution to zoom in on fine signal details.


Over 125 trigger combinations make capturing your event of interest easy.

Wave Inspector® waveform navigation and automated search

With long record lengths, a single acquisition can include thousands of screens of waveform data. Wave Inspector®, the industry’s best tool for waveform navigation and automated search, enables you to find events of interest in seconds.


Wave Inspector controls provide unprecedented efficiency in viewing, navigating, and analyzing waveform data. Zip through your long record by turning the outer pan control (1). Get details from the beginning to end in seconds. See something of interest and want to see more details? Just turn the inner zoom control (2).

Zoom and pan

A dedicated, two-tier front-panel control provides intuitive control of both zooming and panning. The inner control adjusts the zoom factor (or zoom scale); turning it clockwise activates zoom and goes to progressively higher zoom factors, while turning it counterclockwise results in lower zoom factors and eventually turning zoom off. No longer do you need to navigate through multiple menus to adjust your zoom view. The outer control pans the zoom box across the waveform to quickly get to the portion of waveform you are interested in. The outer control also utilizes force-feedback to determine how fast to pan on the waveform. The farther you turn the outer control, the faster the zoom box moves. Pan direction is changed by simply turning the control the other way.

User marks

Press the Set Mark front-panel button to place one or more marks on the waveform. Navigating between marks is as simple as pressing the Previous (←) and Next (→) buttons on the front panel.

Search marks

The Search button allows you to automatically search through your long acquisition looking for user-defined events. All occurrences of the event are highlighted with search marks and are easily navigated to, using the front- panel Previous (←) and Next (→) buttons. Search types include edge, pulse width/glitch, timeout, runt, logic, setup and hold, rise/fall time, parallel bus, and I2C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, USB 2.0, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, and Audio packet content. A search mark table provides a tabular view of the events found during the automated search. Each event is shown with a time stamp, making timing measurements between events easy.


Search step 1: You define what you would like to find.


Search step 2: Wave Inspector automatically searches through the record and marks each event with a hollow white triangle. You can then use the Previous and Next buttons to jump from one event to the next.


Search step 3: The Search Mark table provides a tabular view of each of the events found by the automated search. Each event is shown with a time stamp making timing measurements between events easy.

Waveform analysis

Verifying that your prototype’s performance matches simulations and meets the project’s design goals requires analyzing its behavior. Tasks can range from simple checks of rise times and pulse widths to sophisticated power loss analysis and investigation of noise sources.

The oscilloscope offers a comprehensive set of integrated analysis tools including waveform- and screen-based cursors, automated measurements, advanced waveform math including arbitrary equation editing, FFT analysis, waveform histograms, and trend plots for visually determining how a measurement is changing over time.


Automated measurement readouts provide repeatable, statistical views of waveform characteristics.


Each measurement has help text and graphics associated with it that help explain how the measurement is made.

Waveform histograms show visually how waveforms vary over time. Horizontal waveform histograms are especially useful for gaining insight into how much jitter is on a clock signal, and what the distribution of that jitter is. Vertical histograms are especially useful for gaining insight into how much noise is on a signal, and what the distribution of that noise is.

Measurements taken on a waveform histogram provide analytical information about the distribution of a waveform histogram, providing insight into just how broad a distribution is, the amount of standard deviation, the mean value, etc.


Waveform histogram of a rising edge showing the distribution of edge position (jitter) over time. Included are numeric measurements made on the waveform histogram data.

Video design and development

Many video engineers have remained loyal to analog oscilloscopes, believing the intensity gradations on an analog display are the only way to see certain video waveform details. The fast waveform capture rate of the MDO3000, coupled with its intensity-graded view of the signal, provides the same information-rich display as an analog oscilloscope, but with much more detail and all the benefits of digital scopes.

Standard features such as IRE and mV graticules, holdoff by fields, video polarity, HDTV and custom (nonstandard) video triggers, and an Autoset smart enough to detect video signals, make these the easiest to use oscilloscopes on the market for video applications. And with high bandwidth, four analog inputs, and a built-in 75 Ω input termination (not available on 1 GHz models), the oscilloscope provides ample performance for analog and digital video use. There is even a video picture mode enabling you to see the picture of the video signal you are viewing – for NTSC and PAL signals.


Viewing an NTSC video signal. Notice the intensity-graded view provided by the MDO3000’s ability to represent time, amplitude, and distribution over time.


Viewing an NTSC full color bar signal image. Video picture mode contains automatic contrast and brightness settings as well as manual controls.

Power analysis (optional)

Ever increasing consumer demands for longer battery-life devices and for green solutions that consume less power require power-supply designers to characterize and minimize switching losses to improve efficiency. In addition, the supply’s power levels, output purity, and harmonic feedback into the power line must be characterized to comply with national and regional power quality standards. Historically, making these and many other power measurements on an oscilloscope has been a long, manual, and tedious process. The MDO3000’s optional power analysis tools greatly simplify these tasks, enabling quick, repeatable and accurate analysis of power quality, switching loss, harmonics, safe operating area (SOA), modulation, ripple, and slew rate (di/dt, dv/dt). Completely integrated into the oscilloscope, the power analysis tools provide automated, repeatable power measurements with a touch of a button. The optional power analysis functionality is offered free for a 30-day trial period. This free trial period starts automatically when the instrument is powered on for the first time.


Power Quality measurement table. Automated power measurements enable quick and accurate analysis of common power parameters.

Limit/Mask testing (optional)

A common task during the development process is characterizing the behavior of certain signals in a system. One method, called limit testing, is to compare a tested signal to a known good or “golden” version of the same signal with user-defined vertical and horizontal tolerances. Another common method, called mask testing, is to compare a tested signal to a mask, looking for where a signal under test violates the mask. The MDO3000 Series offers both limit and mask testing capability useful for long-term signal monitoring, characterizing signals during design, or testing on a production line. Tailor a test to your specific requirements by defining test duration in number of waveforms or time, a violation threshold that must be met before considering a test a failure, counting hits along with statistical information, and actions upon violations, test failure, and test complete. Whether specifying a mask from a known good signal or from a custom mask, conducting pass/fail tests in search of waveform anomalies such as glitches has never been easier. The optional limit/mask test functionality is offered free for a 30-day trial period. This free trial period starts automatically when the instrument is powered on for the first time.


Limit Test showing a mask created from a golden waveform and compared against a live signal. Results showing statistical information about the test are displayed.

2 – Spectrum Analyzer

The MDO3000 is the first oscilloscope in its class to include an integrated spectrum analyzer. Each oscilloscope includes a spectrum analyzer with a frequency range of 9 kHz up to the analog bandwidth of the instrument. The spectrum analyzer frequency range of each instrument can be upgraded from 9 kHz to 3 GHz (option MDO3SA), enabling spectral analysis on most consumer wireless standards.

Fast and accurate spectral analysis

When using the spectrum analyzer input, the MDO3000 Series display becomes a full-screen Frequency Domain view.

Key spectral parameters such as Center Frequency, Span, Reference Level, and Resolution Bandwidth are all adjusted quickly and easily using the dedicated front-panel menus and keypad.


MDO3000 frequency domain display.

Intelligent, efficient markers

In a traditional spectrum analyzer, it can be a very tedious task to turn on and place enough markers to identify all your peaks of interest. The MDO3000 Series makes this process far more efficient by automatically placing markers on peaks that indicate both the frequency and the amplitude of each peak. You can adjust the criteria that the oscilloscope uses to automatically find the peaks.

The highest amplitude peak is referred to as the reference marker and is shown in red. Marker readouts can be switched between Absolute and Delta readouts. When Delta is selected, marker readouts show each peak’s delta frequency and delta amplitude from the reference marker.

Two manual markers are also available for measuring non-peak portions of the spectrum. When enabled, the reference marker is attached to one of the manual markers, enabling delta measurements from anywhere in the spectrum. In addition to frequency and amplitude, manual marker readouts also include noise density and phase noise readouts depending on whether Absolute or Delta readouts are selected. A “Reference Marker to Center” function instantly moves the frequency indicated by the reference marker to center frequency.


Automated peak markers identify critical information at a glance. As shown here, the five highest amplitude peaks that meet the threshold and excursion criteria are automatically marked along with the peak’s frequency and amplitude.


The MDO3000 Series includes a spectrogram display which is ideal for monitoring slowly changing RF phenomena. The x-axis represents frequency, just like a typical spectrum display. However, the y-axis represents time, and color is used to indicate amplitude.

Spectrogram slices are generated by taking each spectrum and “flipping it up on its edge” so that it’s one pixel row tall, and then assigning colors to each pixel based on the amplitude at that frequency. Cold colors (blue, green) are low amplitude and hotter colors (yellow, red) are higher amplitude. Each new acquisition adds another slice at the bottom of the spectrogram and the history moves up one row. When acquisitions are stopped, you can scroll back through the spectrogram to look at any individual spectrum slice.


Spectrogram display illustrates slowly moving RF phenomena. As shown here, a signal that has multiple peaks is being monitored. As the peaks change in both frequency and amplitude over time, the changes are easily seen in the Spectrogram display.

Ultra-wide capture bandwidth

Today’s wireless communications vary significantly with time, using sophisticated digital modulation schemes and, often, transmission techniques that involve bursting the output. These modulation schemes can have very wide bandwidth as well. Traditional swept or stepped spectrum analyzers are ill equipped to view these types of signals as they are only able to look at a small portion of the spectrum at any one time.

The amount of spectrum acquired in one acquisition is called the capture bandwidth. Traditional spectrum analyzers sweep or step the capture bandwidth through the desired span to build the requested image. As a result, while the spectrum analyzer is acquiring one portion of the spectrum, the event you care about may be happening in another portion of the spectrum. Most spectrum analyzers on the market today have 10 MHz capture bandwidths, sometimes with expensive options to extend that to 20, 40, or even 160 MHz in some cases.

In order to address the bandwidth requirements of modern RF, the MDO3000 Series provides up to 3 GHz of capture bandwidth. The spectrum is generated from a single acquisition, thus guaranteeing you’ll see the events you’re looking for in the frequency domain.


Spectral display of a bursted communication both into a device through Zigbee at 900 MHz and out of the device through Bluetooth at 2.4 GHz, captured with a single acquisition.

Spectrum traces

The MDO3000 Series spectrum analyzer offers four different traces or views including Normal, Average, Max Hold, and Min Hold.


Normal, Average, Max Hold, and Min Hold spectrum traces

RF measurements

The MDO3000 Series includes three automated RF measurements – Channel Power, Adjacent Channel Power Ratio, and Occupied Bandwidth. When one of these RF measurements is activated, the oscilloscope automatically turns on the Average spectrum trace and sets the detection method to Average for optimal measurement results.


Automated Channel Power measurement

RF probing

Signal input methods on spectrum analyzers are typically limited to cabled connections or antennas. But with the optional TPA-N-VPI adapter, any active, 50 Ω TekVPI probe can be used with the spectrum analyzer on the MDO3000 Series. This enables additional flexibility when hunting for noise sources and enables easier spectral analysis by using true signal browsing on a spectrum analyzer input.

In addition, an optional preamplifier accessory assists in the investigation of lower-amplitude signals. The TPA-N-PRE preamplifier provides 10 dB nominal gain across the 9 kHz – 3 GHz frequency range.


The optional TPA-N-VPI adapter enables any active, 50 Ω TekVPI probe to be connected to the RF input.

3 – Arbitrary Function Generator (optional)

The MDO3000 contains an optional integrated arbitrary function generator (option MDO3AFG), perfect for simulating sensor signals within a design or adding noise to signals to perform margin testing.

The integrated function generator provides output of predefined waveforms up to 50 MHz for sine, square, pulse, ramp/triangle, DC, noise, sin(x)/x (Sinc), Gaussian, Lorentz, exponential rise/fall, Haversine and cardiac.


Waveform type selection in the integrated AFG.

The arbitrary waveform generator provides 128 k points of record for storing waveforms from the analog input, a saved internal file location, a USB mass storage device, or from an external PC. Once a waveform is in the edit memory of the arbitrary waveform generator, it can be modified via an on-screen editor and then replicated out of the generator. The MDO3000 is compatible with Tektronix’ ArbExpress PC-based waveform creation and editing software, making creation of complex waveforms fast and easy. Transfer waveform files to your MDO3000 edit memory via USB or LAN or using a USB mass storage device to be output from the AFG in the oscilloscope.


Arbitrary waveform editor showing the point-by-point editor.

4 – Logic Analyzer (optional)

The logic analyzer (option MDO3MSO) provides 16 digital channels which are tightly integrated into the oscilloscope’s user interface. This simplifies operation and makes it possible to solve mixed-signal issues easily.


The MDO3000 with MDO3MSO option provides 16 integrated digital channels enabling you to view and analyze time-correlated analog and digital signals.

Color-coded digital waveform display

Color-coded digital traces display ones in green and zeros in blue. This coloring is also used in the digital channel monitor. The monitor shows if signals are high, low, or are transitioning so you can see channel activity at a glance without having to clutter your display with unneeded digital waveforms.

The multiple transition detection hardware shows you a white edge on the display when the system detects multiple transitions. White edges indicate that more information is available by zooming in or acquiring at faster sampling rates. In most cases zooming in will reveal the pulse that was not viewable with the previous settings. If the white edge is still present after zooming in as far as possible, this indicates that increasing the sample rate on the next acquisition will reveal higher frequency information than the previous settings could acquire.

You can group digital waveforms and enter waveform labels by using a USB keyboard. By simply placing digital waveforms next to each other, they form a group.


With color-coded digital waveform display, groups are created by simply placing digital channels together on the screen, allowing digital channels to be moved as a group.


Once a group is formed, you can position all the channels contained in that group collectively. This greatly reduces the normal setup time associated with positioning channels individually

MagniVu™ high-speed acquisition

The main digital acquisition mode on the MDO3000 Series will capture up to 10 M at 500 MS/s (2 ns resolution). In addition to the main record, the MDO3000 provides an ultra high-resolution record called MagniVu which acquires 10,000 points at up to 8.25 GS/s (121.2 ps resolution). Both main and MagniVu waveforms are acquired on every trigger and can be switched between in the display at any time, running or stopped. MagniVu provides significantly finer timing resolution than comparable oscilloscopes on the market, instilling confidence when making critical timing measurements on digital waveforms.


The MagniVu high-resolution record provides 121.2 ps timing resolution, enabling you to take critical timing measurements on your digital waveforms.

P6316 MSO probe

This unique probe design offers two eight-channel pods, simplifying the process of connecting to the device-under-test. When connecting to square pins, the P6316 can connect directly to 8×2 square pin headers spaced on tenth-inch centers. When more attachment flexibility is required, you can use the included flying lead sets and grabbers to clip onto surface mount devices or test points. The P6316 offers outstanding electrical characteristics applying only 8 pF of capacitive loading with 101 kΩ input impedance.


The P6316 MSO probe offers two eight-channel pods to simplify connecting to your device.

5 – Serial Protocol Triggering and Analysis (optional)

On a serial bus, a single signal often includes address, control, data, and clock information. This can make isolating events of interest difficult. Automatic trigger, decode, and search on bus events and conditions gives you a robust set of tools for debugging serial buses. The optional serial protocol triggering and analysis functionality is offered free for a 30-day trial period. This free trial period starts automatically when the instrument is powered on for the first time.


Triggering on a specific address and data packet going across an I2C bus. The yellow waveform is clock and the blue waveform is the data. A bus waveform provides decoded packet content including Start, Address, Read/Write, Data, and Stop.

Serial triggering

Trigger on packet content such as start of packet, specific addresses, specific data content, unique identifiers, etc. on popular serial interfaces such as I2C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, USB2.0, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, and I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM.

Bus display

Provides a higher-level, combined view of the individual signals (clock, data, chip enable, etc.) that make up your bus, making it easy to identify where packets begin and end and identifying sub-packet components such as address, data, identifier, CRC, etc.

Bus decoding

Tired of having to visually inspect the waveform to count clocks, determine if each bit is a 1 or a 0, combine bits into bytes, and determine the hex value? Let the oscilloscope do it for you! Once you’ve set up a bus, the MDO3000 Series will decode each packet on the bus, and display the value in hex, binary, decimal (USB, CAN, CAN FD, LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, and ARINC-429 only), signed decimal (I2S/LJ/RJ/TDM only), or ASCII (USB, MIL-STD-1553 and RS-232/422/485/UART only) in the bus waveform.

Serial bus technologies supported by the MDO3000
Technology Trigger, Decode, Search Order product
Embedded I2C Yes MDO3EMBD
Computer RS232/422/485, UART Yes MDO3COMP
USB USB LS, FS, HS Yes (trigger on LS and FS only; HS decode only on 1 GHz models) MDO3USB
Automotive CAN, CAN FD Yes MDO3AUTO
FlexRay Yes MDO3FLEX
Military and Aerospace MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429 Yes MDO3AERO
Event table

In addition to seeing decoded packet data on the bus waveform itself, you can view all captured packets in a tabular view much like you would see in a software listing. Packets are time stamped and listed consecutively with columns for each component (Address, Data, etc.). You can save the event table data in .CSV format.


Event table showing decoded identifier, DLC, DATA, and CRC for every CAN packet in a long acquisition.

Search (serial triggering)

Serial triggering is very useful for isolating the event of interest, but once you’ve captured it and need to analyze the surrounding data, what do you do? In the past, users had to manually scroll through the waveform counting and converting bits and looking for what caused the event. You can have the oscilloscope automatically search through the acquired data for user-defined criteria including serial packet content. Each occurrence is highlighted by a search mark. Rapid navigation between marks is as simple as pressing the Previous (←) and Next (→) buttons on the front panel.

6 – Digital Voltmeter (DVM) and Frequency Counter

The MDO3000 contains an integrated 4-digit digital voltmeter (DVM) and 5-digit frequency counter. Any of the analog inputs can be a source for the voltmeter, using the same probes that are already attached for general oscilloscope usage. The easy-to-read display offers you both numeric and graphical representations of the changing measurement values. The display also shows minimum, maximum, and average values of the measurement as well as the range of values measured over the previous five second interval. The DVM and frequency counter is available on any MDO3000 and is activated when you register your product.


A DC measurement value is shown with a five second variation along with minimum, maximum, and average voltage values. The frequency of the waveform is also shown.

The MDO3000 Series Platform

Large high-resolution display

The MDO3000 Series features a 9 inch (229 mm) wide-screen, high- resolution (800 × 480 WVGA) display for seeing intricate signal details.


The MDO3000 contains a number of ports which can be used to connect the instrument to a network, directly to a PC, or other test equipment.

  • Front and rear USB host ports enable easy transfer of screen shots, instrument settings, and waveform data to a USB mass storage device. A USB keyboard can also be attached to a USB host port for data entry.
  • Rear USB device port is useful for controlling the oscilloscope remotely from a PC or for printing directly to a PictBridge®-compatible printer.
  • The standard 10/100 Ethernet port on the rear of the instrument enables easy connection to networks, provides network and e-mail printing, and provides LXI Core 2011 compatibility.
  • A video out port on the rear of the instrument allows the display to be exported to an external monitor or projector.
Remote connectivity and instrument control

Exporting data and measurements is as simple as connecting a USB cable from the oscilloscope to your PC. Key software applications – OpenChoice® Desktop, and Microsoft Excel and Word toolbars – are included standard with each oscilloscope to enable fast and easy direct communication with your Windows PC.

The included OpenChoice Desktop enables fast and easy communication between the oscilloscope and your PC through USB or LAN for transferring settings, waveforms, and screen images.

The embedded e*Scope® capability enables fast control of the oscilloscope over a network connection through a standard web browser. Simply enter the IP address or network name of the oscilloscope and a web page will be served to the browser. Transfer and save settings, waveforms, measurements, and screen images or make live control changes to settings on the oscilloscope directly from the web browser.


e*Scope in a web browser showing the display of an MDO3000. Use e*Scope to quickly document your work by saving screen images, waveforms, or setups for later use.

Compact form factor

With the compact, portable form factor, you can easily move the oscilloscope between labs. And with a depth of just 5.8 inches (147 mm), it saves you valuable space on your test bench. The MDO3000 has all the tools you’ll need for everyday debug tasks, all in a single instrument.


The MDO3000 Series compact form factor frees up valuable space on your bench or desktop while making sure you will always have the debug tools you need.

Accurate high-speed probing

The MDO3000 Series scope ships standard with passive voltage probes and uses the TekVPI probe interface.

Standard passive voltage probes

The MDO3000 Series include passive voltage probes with industry best capacitive loading of only 3.9 pF. The included TPP probes minimize the impact on devices under test and accurately deliver signals to the oscilloscope for acquisition and analysis. The following table shows which TPP probes come standard with each MDO3000 model.

MDO3000 model Included probe
MDO3012, MDO3014,
MDO3022, MDO3024
TPP0250: 250 MHz, 10x passive voltage probe. One per analog channel
MDO3032, MDO3034,
MDO3052, MDO3054
TPP0500B: 500 MHz, 10x passive voltage probe. One per analog channel
MDO3102, MDO3104 TPP1000: 1 GHz, 10x passive voltage probe. One per analog channel
TekVPI® probe interface

The TekVPI probe interface sets the standard for ease of use in probing. In addition to the secure, reliable connection that the interface provides, TekVPI probes feature status indicators and controls, as well as a probe menu button right on the comp box itself. This button brings up a probe menu on the oscilloscope display with all relevant settings and controls for the probe. The TekVPI interface enables direct attachment of current probes without requiring a separate power supply. TekVPI probes can be controlled remotely through USB, GPIB, or LAN, enabling more versatile solutions in ATE environments. The instrument provides up to 25 W of power to the front panel connectors from the internal power supply.






All specifications are guaranteed unless noted otherwise. All specifications apply to all models unless noted otherwise.

1 – Oscilloscope
MDO3012 MDO3014 MDO3022 MDO3024 MDO3032 MDO3034 MDO3052 MDO3054 MDO3102 MDO3104
Analog channels 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4
Analog channel bandwidth 100 MHz 100 MHz 200 MHz 200 MHz 350 MHz 350 MHz 500 MHz 500 MHz 1 GHz 1 GHz
Rise time (typical, calculated)
(10 mV/div setting with 50 Ω input termination)
4 ns 4 ns 2 ns 2 ns 1.14 ns 1.14 ns 800 ps 800 ps 400 ps 400 ps
Sample rate (1 ch) 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 5 GS/s
Sample rate (2 ch) 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 5 GS/s 5 GS/s
Sample rate (4 ch) 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s 2.5 GS/s
Record length (1 ch) 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M
Record length (2 ch) 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M
Record length (4 ch) 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M 10 M
Digital channels with MDO3MSO option 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Arbitrary Function Generator outputs with MDO3AFG option 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Spectrum analyzer channels 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Standard spectrum analyzer frequency range 9 kHz – 100 MHz 9 kHz – 100 MHz 9 kHz – 200 MHz 9 kHz – 200 MHz 9 kHz – 350 MHz 9 kHz – 350 MHz 9 kHz – 500 MHz 9 kHz – 500 MHz 9 kHz – 1 GHz 9 kHz – 1 GHz
Optional spectrum analyzer frequency range with MDO3SA option 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz 9 kHz – 3 GHz
Vertical system analog channels
Hardware bandwidth limits
≥350 MHz models
20 MHz or 250 MHz
100 MHz and 200 MHz models
20 MHz
Input coupling
Input impedance
1 MΩ ±1%, 50 Ω ±1%, 75 Ω ±1%; 75 Ω not available on 1 GHz models
Input sensitivity range
1 MΩ
1 mV/div to 10 V/div
50 Ω, 75 Ω
1 mV/div to 1 V/div
Vertical resolution
8 bits (11 bits with Hi Res)
Maximum input voltage
1 MΩ
300 VRMS CAT II with peaks ≤ ±425 V
50 Ω, 75 Ω
5 VRMS with peaks ≤ ±20 V
DC gain accuracy
±1.5% for 5 mV/div and above, derated at 0.10%/°C above 30 °C±2.0% for 2 mV/div, derated at 0.10%/°C above 30 °C

±2.5% for 1 mV/div, derated at 0.10%/°C above 30 °C

±3.0% for variable gain, derated 0.10%/°C above 30 °C

Channel-to-channel isolation (typical)
Any two channels at equal vertical scale ≥100:1 at ≤100 MHz and ≥30:1 at >100 MHz up to the rated bandwidth
Random noise (typical)
Vertical scale setting 50 Ω, RMS
MDO310x MDO305x MDO303x MDO302x MDO301x
1 mV/div 0.179 mV 0.178 mV 0.169 mV 0.178 mV 0.161 mV
100 mV/div 2.4 mV 2.05 mV 1.97 mV 1.93 mV 1.87 mV
1 V/div 24.67 mV 20.96 mV 20.01 mV 19.39 mV 18.55 mV
Offset range
Volts/div setting Offset range
1 M Ω input 50 Ω, 75 Ω input
1 mV/div to 50 mV/div ±1 V ±1 V
50.5 mV/div to 99.5 mV/div ±0.5 V ±0.5 V
100 mV/div to 500 mV/div ±10 V ±10 V
505 mV/div to 995 mV/div ±5 V ±5 V
1 V/div to 10 V/div ±100 V ±5 V
Horizontal system analog channels
Time base range
1 GHz models
400 ps/div to 1000 s/div
≤ 500 MHz models
1 ns/div to 1000 s/div
Maximum duration at highest sample rate (all/half channels)
1 GHz models
4/2 ms
≤ 500 MHz models
4/4 ms
Time-base delay time range
-10 divisions to 5000 s
Channel-to-channel deskew range
±125 ns
Time base accuracy
±10 ppm over any ≥1 ms interval
Trigger system
Trigger modes
Auto, Normal, and Single
Trigger coupling
DC, AC, HF reject (attenuates >50 kHz), LF reject (attenuates <50 kHz), noise reject (reduces sensitivity)
Trigger holdoff range
20 ns to 8 s
Trigger sensitivity (typical)
Edge type, DC coupled

Trigger source Sensitivity
Any analog channel input For 1 mV/div to 4.98 mV/div; 0.75 div from DC to 50 MHz, increasing to 1.3 div at instrument bandwidth
≥ 5 mV/div: 0.40 div from DC to 50 MHz, increasing to 1 div at instrument bandwidth
Aux In (External); available on two-channel instruments only 200 mV from DC to 50 MHz, increasing to 500 mV at 200 MHz
Line Fixed
Trigger level ranges
Any input channel
±8 divisions from center of screen, ±8 divisions from 0 V when vertical LF reject trigger coupling is selected
Aux In (External)
±8 V
The line trigger level is fixed at about 50% of the line voltage.
Trigger frequency readout
Provides 6-digit frequency readout of triggerable events.
Trigger types
Positive, negative, or either slope on any channel. Coupling includes DC, AC, HF reject, LF reject, and noise reject.
Sequence (B-trigger)
Trigger Delay by Time: 8 ns to 8 s. Or Trigger Delay by Events: 1 to 4,000,000 events. Not available when “Either” edge is selected.
Pulse Width
Trigger on width of positive or negative pulses that are >, <, =, ≠, or inside/outside a specified period of time.
Trigger on an event which remains high, low, or either, for a specified time period (4 ns to 8 s).
Trigger on a pulse that crosses one threshold but fails to cross a second threshold before crossing the first again.
Trigger when any logical pattern of channels goes false or stays true for specified period of time. Any input can be used as a clock to look for the pattern on a clock edge. Pattern (AND, OR, NAND, NOR) specified for all input channels defined as High, Low, or Don’t Care.
Setup and Hold
Trigger on violations of both setup time and hold time between clock and data present on any of the analog and digital input channels.

Setup and hold trigger type Description
Setup Time Range -0.5 ns to 1.024 ms
Hold Time Range 1.0 ns to 1.024 ms
Setup + Hold Time Range 0.5 ns to 2.048 ms
Rise/Fall Time
Trigger on pulse edge rates that are faster or slower than specified. Slope may be positive, negative, or either and time range is 4.0 ns to 8 s.
Trigger on all lines, odd, even, or all fields on NTSC, PAL, and SECAM video signals.480p/60, 576p/50, 720p/30, 720p/50, 720p/60, 875i/60, 1080i/50, 1080i/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/24sF, 1080p/25, 1080p/30, 1080p/⁠50, 1080p/60

Custom bi-level and tri-level sync video standards.

Parallel (available when option MDO3MSO is installed)
Trigger on a parallel bus data value. Parallel bus can be from 1 to 20 bits (from the digital and analog channels) in size. Binary and Hex radices are supported.
Acquisition system
Acquisition modes
Acquire sampled values.
Peak Detect
Captures glitches as narrow as 1.5 ns (1 GHz models), 2.0  ns (500 MHz models), 3.0 ns (350 MHz models), 5.0 ns (200 MHz models), 7.0 ns (100 MHz models) at all sweep speeds
From 2 to 512 waveforms included in average.
Min-max envelope reflecting Peak Detect data over multiple acquisitions. Number of waveforms in the envelope selectable between 1 and 2000  and infinity
Hi Res
Real-time boxcar averaging reduces random noise and increases vertical resolution.
Scrolls waveforms right to left across the screen at sweep speeds slower than or equal to 40 ms/div.
FastAcq optimizes the instrument for analysis of dynamic signals and capture of infrequent events, capturing >280,000 wfms/s on 1 GHz models and >235,000 wfms/s on 100 MHz – 500 MHz models.
Waveform measurements
Waveform and Screen
Automatic measurements (time domain)
30, of which up to four can be displayed on-screen at any one time. Measurements include: Period, Frequency, Delay, Rise Time, Fall Time, Positive Duty Cycle, Negative Duty Cycle, Positive Pulse Width, Negative Pulse Width, Burst Width, Phase, Positive Overshoot, Negative Overshoot, Total Overshoot, Peak to Peak, Amplitude, High, Low, Max, Min, Mean, Cycle Mean, RMS, Cycle RMS, Positive Pulse Count, Negative Pulse Count, Rising Edge Count, Falling Edge Count, Area and Cycle Area.
Automatic measurements (frequency domain)
3, of which one can be displayed on-screen at any one time. Measurements include Channel Power, Adjacent Channel Power Ratio (ACPR), and Occupied Bandwidth (OBW)
Measurement statistics
Mean, Min, Max, Standard Deviation.
Reference levels
User-definable reference levels for automatic measurements can be specified in either percent or units.
Isolate the specific occurrence within an acquisition to take measurements on, using either the screen or waveform cursors.
Waveform histogram
A waveform histogram provides an array of data values representing the total number of hits inside of a user-defined region of the display. A waveform histogram is both a visual graph of the hit distribution as well as a numeric array of values that can be measured.

Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Channel 4, Ref 1, Ref 2, Ref 3, Ref 4, Math
Vertical, Horizontal
Waveform histogram measurements
12, of which up to four can be displayed on-screen at any one time. Waveform Count, Hits in Box, Peak Hits, Median, Max, Min, Peak-to-Peak, Mean, Standard Deviation, Sigma 1, Sigma 2, Sigma 3
Waveform math
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide waveforms.
Math functions
Integrate, differentiate, FFT
Spectral magnitude. Set FFT Vertical Scale to Linear RMS or dBV RMS, and FFT Window to Rectangular, Hamming, Hanning, or Blackman-Harris.
Spectrum math
Add or subtract frequency-domain traces.
Advanced math
Define extensive algebraic expressions including waveforms, reference waveforms, math functions (FFT, Intg, Diff, Log, Exp, Sqrt, Abs, Sine, Cosine, Tangent, Rad, Deg), scalars, up to two user-adjustable variables and results of parametric measurements (Period, Freq, Delay, Rise, Fall, PosWidth, NegWidth, BurstWidth, Phase, PosDutyCycle, NegDutyCycle, PosOverShoot, NegOverShoot, TotalOverShoot, PeakPeak, Amplitude, RMS, CycleRMS, High, Low, Max, Min, Mean, CycleMean, Area, CycleArea, and trend plots). For example, (Intg(Ch1 – Mean(Ch1)) × 1.414 × VAR1)
Act on Event
None, when a trigger occurs, or when a defined number of acquisitions complete (1 to 1,000,000)
Stop acquisition, save waveform to file, save screen image, print, AUX OUT pulse, remote interface SRQ, e-mail notification, and visual notification
Repeat the act on event process (1 to 1,000,000 and infinity)
Video Picture mode
Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Channel 4
Video standards
Contrast and brightness
Manual and automatic
Field selection
Odd, Even, Interlaced
Picture location on screen
Selectable X and Y location, width and height adjustment, start line and pixel and line-to-line offset control.
Power measurements (optional)
Power quality measurements
VRMS, VCrest Factor, Frequency, IRMS, ICrest Factor, True Power, Apparent Power, Reactive Power, Power Factor, Phase Angle.
Switching loss measurements
Power loss
Ton, Toff, Conduction, Total.
Energy loss
Ton, Toff, Conduction, Total.
THD-F, THD-R, RMS measurements. Graphical and table displays of harmonics. Test to IEC61000-3-2 Class A and MIL- STD-1399, Section 300A.
Ripple measurements
VRipple and IRipple.
Modulation analysis
Graphical display of +Pulse Width, -Pulse Width, Period, Frequency, +Duty Cycle, and -Duty Cycle modulation types.
Safe operating area
Graphical display and mask testing of switching device safe operating area measurements.
dV/dt and dI/dt measurements
Cursor measurements of slew rate
Limit/Mask testing (optional)
Test source
Limit test: Any Ch1 – Ch4 or any R1 – R4Mask test: Any Ch1 – Ch4
Mask creation
Limit test vertical tolerance from 0 to 1 division in 1 m division increments; Limit test horizontal tolerance from 0 to 500 m division in 1 m division increments.Load custom mask from text file with up to 8 segments.
Mask scaling
Lock to Source ON (mask automatically re-scales with source-channel settings changes)Lock to Source OFF (mask does not re-scale with source-channel settings changes)
Test criteria run until
Minimum number of waveforms (from 1 to 1,000,000 and Infinity)Minimum elapsed time (from 1 second to 48 hours and Infinity)
Violation threshold
From 1 to 1,000,000 and Infinity
Actions on test failure
Stop acquisition, save screen image to file, save waveform to file, print screen image, AUX OUT pulse, set remote interface SRQ
Actions on test complete
AUX OUT pulse, set remote interface SRQ
Results display
Test status, total waveforms, number of violations, total tests, failed tests, elapsed time, total hits for each mask segment
2 – Spectrum Analyzer
Capture bandwidth
MDO3012, MDO3014 models: 100 MHzMDO3022, MDO3024 models: 200 MHz

MDO3032, MDO3034 models: 350 MHz

MDO3052, MDO3054 models: 500 MHz

MDO3102, MDO3104 models: 1 GHz

All models: 3 GHz with option MDO3SA

MDO3012, MDO3014 models: 9 kHz – 100 MHzMDO3022, MDO3024 models: 9 kHz – 200 MHz

MDO3032, MDO3034 models: 9 kHz – 350 MHz

MDO3052, MDO3054 models: 9 kHz – 500 MHz

MDO3102, MDO3104 models: 9 kHz – 1 GHz

All models: 9 kHz – 3 GHz with option MDO3SA, in a 1-2-5 sequence

Resolution bandwidth
20 Hz – 150 MHz in a 1-2-3-5 sequence
Reference level
-130 dBm to +20 dBm in steps of 5 dBm
Vertical scale
1 dB/div to 20 dB/div in a 1-2-5 sequence
Vertical position
-100 divs to +100 divs (displayed in dB)
Vertical units
dBm, dBmV, dBµV, dBµW, dBmA, dBµA
Displayed average noise level (DANL)
9 kHz – 50 kHz
< -109 dBm/Hz (< -113 dBm/Hz typical)
50 kHz – 5 MHz
< -126 dBm/Hz (< -130 dBm/Hz typical)
5 MHz – 2 GHz
< -136 dBm/Hz (< -140 dBm/Hz typical)
2 GHz – 3 GHz
< -126 dBm/Hz (< -130 dBm/Hz typical)
DANL with TPA-N-PRE preamp attached
Preamp set to “Auto”, and Reference Level set to -40 dB

9 kHz – 50 kHz
< -117 dBm/Hz (< -121 dBm/Hz typical)
50 kHz – 5 MHz
< -136 dBm/Hz (< -140 dBm/Hz typical)
5 MHz – 2 GHz
< -146 dBm/Hz (< -150 dBm/Hz typical)
2 GHz – 3 GHz
< -136 dBm/Hz (< -140 dBm/Hz typical)
Spurious response
2nd harmonic distortion (>100 MHz)
< -55 dBc (< -60 dBc typical)
3rd harmonic distortion (>100 MHz)
< -53 dBc (< -58 dBc typical)
2nd order intermodulation distortion (>15 MHz)
< -55 dBc (< -60 dBc typical)
3rd order intermodulation distortion (>15 MHz)
< -55 dBc (< -60 dBc typical)
Residual response
< -78 dBm (≤ -15 dBm reference level and RF input terminated with 50 Ω)

At 2.5 GHz
<-67 dBm
At 1.25 GHz
<-76 dBm
Crosstalk to spectrum analyzer from oscilloscope channels
≤800 MHz input frequencies
< -60 dB from ref level (typical)
>800 MHz – 2 GHz input frequencies
< -40 dB from ref level (typical)
Phase noise at 1 GHz CW
10 kHz
< -81 dBc/Hz, < -85 dBc/Hz (typical)
100 kHz
< -97 dBc/Hz, < -101 dBc/Hz (typical)
1 MHz
< -118 dBc/Hz, < -122 dBc/Hz (typical)
Level measurement uncertainty
Reference level 10 dBm to -15 dBm. Input level ranging from reference level to 40 dB below reference level. Specifications exclude mismatch error.

18 °C – 28 °C
< ±1.2 dBm (< ±0.6 dBm typical)
Over operating range
< ±2.0 dBm
Level measurement uncertainty with TPA-N-PRE preamp attached
Preamp mode set to “Auto”. Reference level 10 dBm set to -40dBm. Input level ranging from reference level to 30 dB below reference level. Specifications exclude mismatch error.

18 °C – 28 °C
< ±1.5 dBm (typical) either preamp state
Over operating range
< ±2.3 dBm either preamp state
Frequency measurement accuracy
±(([Reference Frequency Error] x [Marker Frequency]) + (span/750 + 2)) Hz; Reference Frequency Error = 10ppm (10 Hz / MHz)
Maximum operating input level
Average continuous power
+20 dBm (0.1 W)
DC maximum before damage
±40 V DC
Maximum power before damage (CW)
+33 dBm (2 W)
Maximum power before damage (pulse)
+45 dBm (32 W) (<10 µs pulse width, <1% duty cycle, and reference level of ≥ +10 dBm)
Maximum operating input level with TPA-N-PRE preamp attached
Average continuous power
+20 dBm (0.1 W)
DC maximum before damage
±20 V DC
Maximum power before damage (CW)
+30 dBm (1 W)
Maximum power before damage (pulse)
+45 dBm (32 W) (<10 μs pulse width, <1% duty cycle, and reference level of ≥ +10 dBm)
Frequency domain trace types
Normal, Average, Max Hold, Min Hold
Detection methods
+Peak, -Peak, Average, Sample
Automatic markers
One to eleven peaks identified based on user-adjustable threshold and excursion values
Manual markers
Two manual markers indicating frequency, amplitude, noise density, and phase noise
Marker readouts
Absolute or Delta
FFT windows
FFT window Factor
Kaiser 2.23
Rectangular 0.89
Hamming 1.30
Hanning 1.44
Blackman-Harris 1.90
Flat-Top 3.77
3 – Arbitrary Function Generator

(Requires MDO3AFG option)

Sine, Square, Pulse, Ramp/Triangle, DC, Noise, Sin(x)/x (Sinc), Gaussian, Lorentz, Exponential Rise, Exponential Decay, Haversine, Cardiac, and Arbitrary.
Frequency range
0.1 Hz to 50 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Amplitude flatness (typical)
±0.5 dB at 1 kHz (±1.5 dB for <20 mVp-p amplitudes)
Total harmonic distortion (typical)
1% into 50 Ω2% for amplitude < 50 mV and frequencies > 10 MHz

3% for amplitude < 20 mV and frequencies > 10 MHz

Spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) (typical)
-40 dBc (Vp-p ≥ 0.1 V); -30dBc (Vp-p ≤ 0.1 V), 50 Ω load
Square / Pulse
Frequency range
0.1 Hz to 25 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Duty cycle
10% to 90% or 10 ns minimum pulse, whichever is larger cycle
Duty cycle resolution
Pulse width minimum (typical)
10 ns
Rise/fall time (typical)
5 ns (10% – 90%)
Pulse width resolution
100 ps
Overshoot (typical)
< 2% for signal steps greater than 100 mV
±1% ±5 ns, at 50% duty cycle
Jitter (TIE RMS) (typical)
< 500 ps
Ramp / Triangle
Frequency range
0.1 Hz to 500 kHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Variable symmetry
0% to 100%
Symmetry resolution
Level range (typical)
±2.5 V into Hi-Z; ±1.25 V into 50 Ω
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p in to Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Amplitude resolution
0% to 100% in 1% increments
Sin(x)/x (Sinc)
Frequency range (typical)
0.1 Hz to 2 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 3.0 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 1.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Frequency range (typical)
0.1 Hz to 5 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 1.25 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Frequency range (typical)
0.1 Hz to 5 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 2.4 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 1.2 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Exponential Rise / Decay
Frequency range (typical)
0.1 Hz to 5 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 1.25 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Frequency range (typical)
0.1 Hz to 5 MHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 1.25 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Cardiac (typical)
Frequency range
0.1 Hz to 500 kHz
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Memory depth
1 to 128 k
Amplitude range
20 mVp-p to 5 Vp-p into Hi-Z; 10 mVp-p to 2.5 Vp-p into 50 Ω
Repetition rate
0.1 Hz to 25 MHz
Sample rate
250 MS/s
Frequency accuracy
Sine wave and ramp
130 ppm (frequency < 10 kHz)50 ppm (frequency ≥ 10 kHz)
Square wave and pulse
130 ppm (frequency < 10 kHz)50 ppm (frequency ≥ 10 kHz)
0.1 Hz or 4 digits; whichever is larger
Amplitude accuracy
±[ (1.5% of peak-to-peak amplitude setting) + (1.5% of DC offset setting) + 1 mV ] (frequency = 1 kHz)
DC offset
DC offset range
±2.5 V into Hi-Z; ±1.25 V into 50 Ω
DC offset resolution
1 mV into Hi-Z; 500 uV into 50 Ω
Offset accuracy
±[(1.5% of absolute offset voltage setting) + 1 mV]; derated 3 mV for every 10 °C away from 25 °C
The MDO3000 is compatible with ArbExpress® PC-based signal generator waveform creation and editing software. Capture waveforms on the MDO3000 oscilloscope and transfer them to ArbExpress for editing. Create complex waveforms in ArbExpress and transfer them to the arbitrary function generator in the MDO3000 for output. To download ArbExpress software, go to
4 – Logic Analyzer

(Requires MDO3MSO option)

Input channels
16 digital (D15 to D0)
Threshold per set of 8 channels
Threshold selections
TTL, CMOS, ECL, PECL, User-defined
User-defined threshold range
-15 V to +25 V
Maximum input voltage
-20 V to +30 V
Threshold accuracy
±[100 mV + 3% of threshold setting]
Input dynamic range
50 Vp-p (threshold setting dependent)
Minimum voltage swing
500 mV
Input resistance
101 kΩ
Probe loading
8 pF
Vertical resolution
1 bit
Horizontal system digital channels

(Requires MDO3MSO option)

Maximum sample rate (Main)
500 MS/s (2 ns resolution)
Maximum record length (Main)
10 M
Maximum sample rate (MagniVu)
8.25 GS/s (121.2 ps resolution)
Maximum record length (MagniVu
10k centered on the trigger
Minimum detectable pulse width (typical)
2 ns
Channel-to-channel skew (typical)
500 ps
Maximum input toggle rate
250 MHz (Maximum frequency sine wave that can accurately be reproduced as a logic square wave. Requires the use of a short ground extender on each channel. This is the maximum frequency at the minimum swing amplitude. Higher toggle rates can be achieved with higher amplitudes.)
5 – Serial Protocol Analyzer

Automated Serial Triggering, Decode, and Search options for I2C, SPI, RS-232/422/485/UART, USB2.0, CAN, CAN FD (ISO and non-ISO), LIN, FlexRay, MIL-STD-1553, ARINC-429, and Audio buses.

For more detailed information about serial bus support products, please see the

Serial Triggering and Analysis Application Modules datasheet.

6 – Digital Voltmeter
Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3, Channel 4
Measurement types
AC RMS, DC, AC+DC RMS (reads out in volts or amps); Frequency
ACV, DCV: 4 digitsFrequency: 5 digits
Frequency accuracy
±(10 µHz/Hz + 1 count)
Measuring rate
100 times/second; measurements updated on the display 4 times/second
Vertical settings autorange
Automatic adjustment of vertical settings to maximize measurement dynamic range; available for any non-trigger source
Graphical measurement
Graphical indication of minimum, maximum, current value, and five second rolling range
General Product Specifications
Display type
9 in. (229 mm) color display
Display resolution
800 horizontal × 480 vertical pixels (WVGA)
Waveform styles
Vectors, Dots, Variable Persistence, Infinite Persistence
FastAcq. palettes
Temperature, Spectral, Normal, Inverted
Full, Grid, Solid, Cross Hair, Frame, IRE and mV
YT, XY, and simultaneous XY/YT
Maximum waveform capture rate
>280,000 wfms/s in FastAcq acquisition mode on 1 GHz models>235,000 wfms/s in FastAcq acquisition mode on 100 MHz – 500 MHz models

>50,000 wfms/s in DPO acquisition mode on all models

Input/output ports
USB 2.0 high-speed host port
Supports USB mass storage devices, printers and keyboard. One port on front and one port on rear of instrument.
USB 2.0 device port
Rear-panel connector allows for communication/control of oscilloscope through USBTMC or GPIB (with a TEK-USB-488), and direct printing to PictBridge-compatible printers.
Print to network printer, PictBridge printer, or to a printer that supports e-mail printing. Note: This product includes software developed by the OpenSSL Project for use in the OpenSSL Toolkit. (
LAN port
RJ-45 connector, supports 10/100 Mb/s
Video out port
DB-15 female connector, connect to show the oscilloscope display on an external monitor or projector. SVGA resolution.
Auxilliary input (typical)
(Available on two-channel models only)

Front-panel BNC connector
Input impedance, 1 MΩ
Maximum input
300 VRMS CAT II with peaks ≤ ±425 V
Probe compenstor output voltage and frequency
Front-panel pins

0 to 2.5 V
1 kHz
Auxiliary out
Rear-panel BNC connectorVOUT(Hi): ≥2.25 V open circuit, ≥0.9 V 50 Ω to ground

VOUT(Lo): ≤0.7 V into a load of ≤4 mA; ≤0.25 V 50 Ω to ground

Output can be configured to provide a pulse out signal when the oscilloscope triggers, a trigger signal from the internal arbitrary function generator, or an event out for limit/mask testing.

Kensington-style lock
Rear-panel security slot connects to standard Kensington-style lock.
VESA mount
Standard (MIS-D 75) 75 mm VESA mounting points on rear of instrument.
LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI)
LXI Core 2011
OpenChoice® Desktop
Enables fast and easy communication between a Windows PC and your oscilloscope using USB or LAN. Transfer and save settings, waveforms, measurements, and screen images. Word and Excel toolbars automate the transfer of acquisition data and screen images from the oscilloscope into Word and Excel for quick reporting or further analysis.
IVI driver
Provides a standard instrument programming interface for common applications such as LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, MicrosoftNET, and MATLAB.
e*Scope® Web-based interface
Enables control of the oscilloscope over a network connection through a standard web browser. Simply enter the IP address or network name of the oscilloscope and a web page will be served to the browser. Transfer and save settings, waveforms, measurements, and screen images or make live control changes to settings on the oscilloscope directly from the web browser.
LXI Core 2011 Web interface
Connect to the oscilloscope through a standard Web browser by simply entering the oscilloscope IP address or network name in the address bar of the browser. The Web interface enables viewing of instrument status and configuration, status and modification of network settings, and instrument control through e*Scope Web-based remote control. All Web interaction conforms to LXI Core 2011 specification, version 1.4.
Power source
Power source voltage
100 to 240 V ±10%
Power source frequency
50 to 60 Hz at 100 to 240 V400 Hz ±10% at 115 V
Power consumption
120 W maximum
Physical characteristics
203.2 mm (8 in.)
416.6 mm (16.4 in.)
147.4 mm (5.8 in.)
4.2 kg (9.2 lb.)
8.6 kg (19 lb.)
Rackmount configuration
Cooling clearance
2 in. (51 mm) required on left side and rear of instrument
EMC, environment, and safety
-10 ºC to +55 ºC (+14 ºF to 131 ºF)
-40 ºC to +71 ºC (-40 ºF to 160 ºF)
Up to +40 ºC, 5% to 90% relative humidity+40 ºC to +55 ºC, 5% to 60% relative humidity
Up to +40 ºC, 5% to 90% relative humidityAbove +40 ºC up to +55 ºC, 5% to 60% relative humidity

Above +55 ºC up to +71 ºC, 5% to 40% relative humidity, non-condensing

3,000 meters (9,843 feet)
12,000 meters (39,370 feet)
Electromagnetic compatibility
EC Council Directive 2004/108/EC
UL61010-1:2004, CAN/CSA-C22.2 No. 61010.1: 2004, Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC and EN61010-1:2001, IEC 61010-1:2001, ANSI 61010-1-2004, ISA 82.02.01
Random vibration
2.46 GRMS, 5-500 Hz, 10 minutes per axis, 3 axes, 30 minutes total
0.31 GRMS, 5-500 Hz, 10 minutes per axis, 3 axes, 30 minutes totalMeets IEC60068 2-64 and MIL-PRF-28800 Class 3
50 G, 1/2 sine, 11 ms duration, 3 drops in each direction of each axis, total of 18 shocksMeets IEC 60068 2-27 and MIL-PRF-28800 Class 3
Acoustic noise emission
Sound power level
32.0 dBA in accordance with ISO 9296


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