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Low-noise digital oscilloscopes offer up to 60GHz

Posted: 04 May 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:oscilloscope  front-end  analogue 

LeCroy Corp. has demonstrated a combination of new silicon and improved Digital Bandwidth Interleave (DBI) techniques that can produce low-noise digital oscilloscopes with true analogue bandwidths up to 60GHz. This sixth-generation technology will use new front-end chips, which provide lower noise and higher native bandwidths doubling the capabilities of LeCroy's current bandwidth performance of 30GHz.

Product development efforts using the new technology have begun and are expected to yield a fresh pipeline of high-end products during the next two years. The first products using this new technology will be announced before the end of calendar 2010 and will provide four simultaneous channels with 45GHz real-time bandwidth.

"We continue to be impressed with the market demand for our high-bandwidth oscilloscopes," said LeCroy president and CEO Tom Reslewic. "Design engineers working with high-speed serial data links are faced with enormous challenges to ensure that designs achieve targeted levels of performance. Recently, there has been a marked increase in design activity and interest in very high speed applications, such as 100Gbit Ethernet. These applications are driving the development of oscilloscopes with increasingly higher bandwidths."

LeCroy's WaveMaster 8 Zi two-channel 30GHz oscilloscopes are currently the highest bandwidth solutions available in the market. LeCroy's 45GHz technology will be vital as the next-generation of R&D shifts to serial data links that require unprecedented speed and signal fidelity.

"LeCroy's next-generation high-bandwidth oscilloscopes will offer increased channel density, higher bandwidth, lower noise and improved jitter performance. As always, we will continue to provide our high bandwidth oscilloscope customers with a migration path to the next-generation products when they arrive," concluded Reslewic.

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