“For over a century, cars have taken us where we need to go. During this time, the automotive industry has shifted from an industry focused on hardware and mechanical functions, such as horsepower and torque, to one that values features and functions that are primarily enabled by software, such as driver assistance features and infotainment system options. We find ourselves in the midst of a rapid transition where software-defined vehicles (SDVs) are the norm, not the exception.
[MSO2 accompanies you on the road and takes you to fly]Series 2: Realize the freedom of testing, MSO2 remote function greatly improves access and collaboration capabilities
For over a century, cars have taken us where we need to go. During this time, the automotive industry has shifted from an industry focused on hardware and mechanical functions, such as horsepower and torque, to one that values features and functions that are primarily enabled by software, such as driver assistance features and infotainment system options. We find ourselves in the midst of a rapid transition where software-defined vehicles (SDVs) are the norm, not the exception.
Oscilloscope software for the digital future
Customer demand for automated, eco-friendly vehicles is driving automakers to refocus on electrification and connectivity and the software needed to achieve new goals. Modern high-end cars like Teslas can already have as many as 150 million lines of software code, spread across as many as 100 Electronic control units (ECUs) and an increasing number of sensors, cameras, radar and light detection. As driver assistance functions move toward more autonomous and fully autonomous driving, the need for more software and the equipment needed to test the software will only increase.
Automotive engineers use Tektronix 2 Series MSO oscilloscopes for conductivity diagnostic testing.
Tektronix has been keeping a close eye on these trends and recently announced the arrival of a new mixed-signal oscilloscope: the 2-Series Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO), designed to provide customers across industries with bench-level performance that enables accurate and reliable field debugging. Repeatable. Series 2 MSOs work where our customers work, whether sitting on a bench in the lab, hanging from a car hood in a garage, or circling a race track in a test vehicle. As we witnessed in the first part of this series, some companies have seen the benefits that the new 2 Series MSO can bring to the testing process, especially when working in the field.
TekDrive data workspace for sharing oscilloscope waveforms and other test and measurement data
In addition to the portability benefits outlined in the previous blog, automotive customers have also found value in including collaboration and remote analysis technologies TekDrive and TekScope, which are natively integrated into the Series 2 MSO. TekDrive is a test and measurement data workspace that allows users to upload, store, organize, search, download and share any file type with connected devices, TekScope enables users to access the oscilloscope analysis capabilities on their PC, allowing them to analyze waveforms from anywhere . So, what does this look like to real-world customers?
Remote access and team collaboration
Let’s say a group of R&D engineers from around the world are working on automation technology for a new car. Thanks to the portability of the oscilloscope, technicians working in the field can not only more easily collect the data they need, but also save and share this data in real-time and collaborate seamlessly with other remote contributors via TekDrive.
Test and analyze oscilloscope waveforms remotely from a computer
Likewise, TekScope allows team members to run remote tests and analysis without an oscilloscope, but using the same user interface as the connected device. Before the 2 Series MSO came to market, automotive customers using traditional oscilloscopes had to go through a series of tedious steps, including bringing the oscilloscope close to the car to get a connection, sending code from a remote workstation to the car, and finally analyzing what was going on. With TekDrive and TekScope subscription options, customers can quickly set up the oscilloscope in the car, send codes from a workstation or mobile phone, and easily analyze what’s going on using a cloud application. They are also able to synchronize waveforms from multiple oscilloscopes on the same screen and add advanced features such as spectrum analysis, jitter analysis and advanced bus decoding.
Now that we’ve discussed how the portability and remote control capabilities of the 2 Series MSO directly benefit our automotive customers, the final blog in this series will be more granular, focusing on debugging CAN and LIN automotive buses with the 2 Series MSO .
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