Scope bandwidth race heats up
The really high bandwidth requirements are driven by certain applications like laser, high energy physics, and fringe-kind of applications. As such, it is not a high volume market and detractors might argue that there is no significant need for higher bandwidth. To the contrary, it is a critical part of the market as it is in essence the technological engine of the industry. By working on pushing the technological barriers in oscilloscopes further and further out, companies increase their knowledge about the technology and discover new ways to improve it. Eventually, it trickles down to the more mainstream segments. While today it may be hard to see a significant need for such high bandwidth for the mainstream market, let’s remember that just 10 to 15 years ago, 1 GHz was the high end of the market.
The high end of the market is currently at 65 GHz, but much higher bandwidth will be available in the near future. A 70 GHz oscilloscope will be available from Tektronix in 2014 as announced recently, while Teledyne LeCroy announced last year 100 GHz for 2013.
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