Compact PC sampling oscilloscopes offer 20-GHz bandwidth

-July 09, 2013

A space-saving alternative to conventional bench instruments, the PicoScope 9300 series of PC-based oscilloscopes from Pico Technology offers 20-GHz bandwidth on two channels and a sampling rate of 1 Msample/s for analyzing high-speed electrical signals, including 10-Gbps Ethernet, 10x Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, and PCI Express. In addition, the small size of the sequential-sampling scopes allows them to be positioned next to the device under test, minimizing cable losses and eliminating the need for expensive active probes or pull-out sampling modules.

Key specifications include an effective sampling rate of over 15 terasamples/s, an input rise time of 17.5 ps, dual time bases from 5 ps/div, and a prescaled trigger bandwidth of up to 14 GHz. A built-in signal generator has a minimum bit interval of 4 ns in PRBS (pseudo-random binary sequence) mode and a minimum waveform period of 8 ns in pulse mode. The oscilloscopes also provide LAN and USB interfaces, as well as display features like density profiling, multiple trace windows, histograms, and statistics.

PicoSample software for the 9300 series includes a suite of measurement and analysis functions, including 61 math functions, 138 automatic measurements, and 167 standard communications masks from 1.54 Mbps to 12.5 Gbps. The software is compatible with all versions of Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit versions).

Base price: $14,995.

PicoScope 9300 series datasheet

Pico Technology, www.picotech.com

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