3K or 4K scopes include DPO/MSO/MDO 3xxx and 4xxx Series scopes from Tektronix. There are many ways to save data off the scope. Perhaps the easiest method is to use a USB memory stick with the file upload capability of Initial State. If you are using a 5-Series Scope, Initial State has an automatic way of sending the data to the platform.
Choosing the File Format
File formats across scopes and vendors vary, especially when you save to a CSV. Initial State supports all types of custom and standard CSV formats. We also support the special tektronix file formats. If your scope supports .tss, always use that. If your scope supports .wfm or .isf, use those when you only want to capture a single channel to Initial State, and they will import seamlessly. If you are capturing multiple channels on a scope that does not support .tss, use .csv. We are validated with many .csv formats. We also have some pretty nifty configuration of the .csv parser since they can come in all shapes and sizes. Its rare to find a structured csv file that is simply impossible to import - if you do, use the support link and let us know. Check out all of our supported file types including example files for each.
Configure Your Scope to Save Waveforms
For best results use the waveform special file types like .wfm and .isf, when you can. Your scope may have this feature and you don't even know it. CSVs are required when you want to import multiple channels in a single file. Once you get data into Initial State you can share an explorable dynamic visualization using a simple link or an email share.
In order for you to be able to see the File menus shown below, you must have a USB memory stick plugged into the port.
This configuration is shown on an MDO3054 Mixed-Domain Oscilloscope. Yours may vary, but the basics are the same.
- Press the Menu Button in the "Save/ Recall" area to start configuring the scope for saving waveforms.
- Click to the "Save Waveform" menu which shows on the right column menu.
- Click "Destination"
- Turn the Multipurpose-b knob to select the channel labeled "File"
- Once you highlight file you will see "File Details" show up as a menu item.
- Once on the "File Details" page, you will be able to select between the various file formats. This scope has .isf and .csv. As mentioned, choose .isf or .wfm for easiest import into Initial State.
- Click Menu off to dismiss the menu.
Hint: This scope and many other also have a way to "assign" the SAVE button to a "waveform save" this is a great way to quickly store measurements to a new incrementing filename with a single button press. It will be easy to bring them all into Initial State afterward.
Upload Waveform File to Initial State
We cover, in detail, the ability to upload files to Initial State in another section. For this use-case, you will remove the USB memory stick from the scope with all of your captured files, and plug it in to a computer.
Remember, this is ultimately a cloud-secure solution. Any computer, in the lab or otherwise, will be great for uploading, because you will be able to access the data from anywhere with a web browser including mobile devices. Check out the quick-start guide for things to do with your scope data in Initial State to learn more about exploring your data once it's imported.