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Pico Tech unveils 2-channel oscilloscopes

Posted: 03 Jul 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Pico Technology  PicoScope 9300 Series  oscilloscope  10Gb Ethernet  SONET/SDH STM64 

Pico Technology has introduced its PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes that the company said can perform pre-compliance tests, fault-finding, design, debug and margin testing on serial communications signals such as 10Gb Ethernet, SONET/SDH STM64 and FEC1071, 10x Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand and PCI Express. These two-channel oscilloscopes aims to replace traditional, full-sized bench-top instruments without compromising on usability, analysis features or accuracy, stated the firm.

The oscilloscopes' small size allows you to position them right next to the device under test, minimizing cable losses and removing the need for expensive active probes or pull-out sampling modules. There is even a built-in signal generator with 4ns minimum bit interval in PRBS mode and 8ns minimum period in pulse mode. The devices have LAN and USB interfaces, and advanced display features such as color and density profiling, multiple trace windows, histograms and statistics.

Specification highlights include: over 15TS/s effective sampling rate, 17.5ps input rise time, dual 16bit, 60dB dynamic range inputs, 5ps/div dual timebase, 14GHz prescaled trigger bandwidth, clock recovery up to 11.3Gb/s and time interval resolution of 64fs. The sampling rate of 1MHz, the industry’s fastest, builds waveforms and persistence displays faster than any other sampling scope, boasted Pico Tech. Signal quality is just as impressive, with typical noise of 1.5mV RMS at full bandwidth, external trigger jitter of 1.8ps RMS, and recovered clock jitter of only 1ps RMS, continued the company.

The PicoSample software has been comprehensively updated for the oscilloscopes. The range of controls has been revised and extended, with intuitive graphics, click-and-drag operations and measurement labels to simplify and speed up operation. A flexible layout allows you to devote as much of the screen as possible to your signal while displaying the controls and menus that you need. The software includes a comprehensive suite of measurement and analysis functions that is second to none: 61 math functions, 138 automatic measurements and 167 standard comms masks from 1.54Mb/s to 12.5Gb/s. The software is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows XP to Windows 8 (32bit and 64bit versions).

The PicoScope 9300 Series is available from Pico distributors worldwide and from Prices are $14,995 for the base model and $18,995 for the model with clock recovery. All hardware, accessories and software features listed above are included in the price with no hidden extras.

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