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Dual-channel sampling oscilloscope delivers 12GHz

Posted: 09 May 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sampling oscilloscope? data communications? semiconductor test?

PicoScope 9201

Pico Technology has released the PicoScope 9201 dual-channel PC sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 12GHz.

The dual-channel PicoScope 9201 uses sequential equivalent-time sampling to achieve a sampling rate of 5TS/s. The wide bandwidth allows acquisition and measurement of fast signals with a transient response of 50 ps or faster. Timebase stability, accuracy and a sampling interval of 200 fs allow timing characterization of jitter in demanding applications. The ability to trigger on high frequencies up to 10GHz also allows measurements on microwave components with extremely fast date rates.

With its measurement repeatability, 16bit vertical resolution fast display update rate, the PicoScope 9201 is a powerful measurement tool for semiconductor testing, TDR characterization of circuit boards, IC packages and cables, and high-speed digital data communications.

Data acquisition and measurement analysis are performed in parallel, enabling the instrument to achieve outstanding measurement throughput. The instruments provide fast acquisition speed up to 200KSps and waveform performance analysis with automated direct or statistical measurements on both single-valued signals (sine-wave, pulse, impulse) and multi-valued signals (NRZ, RZ). Markers and histograms, math and FFT analysis, colour-graded display, parametric limit testing, eye diagrams and mask template testing can be used independently or in concert.

In addition, accurate eye-diagram analysis for NRZ and RZ signal types is essential for characterizing the quality of electrical and optical transmitters to beyond 7Gbit/s. The PicoScope 9201 was designed specifically for the complex task of analyzing digital communications waveforms. Compliance mask and parametric testing no longer require a complicated sequence of setups and configurations. The important measurements needed are available including mask testing with built-in margin analysis, extinction ratio measurements with improved accuracy and repeatability, automatic eye measurementscrossing percent, eye height and width, one and zero levels, jitter, rise and fall timesand more. In addition, mask testing of SDH/SONET, Fibre Channel, Ethernet and other standards simplifies compliance testing. A full colour display helps you to discriminate waveform details. A colour-graded display mode adds a third dimensionsample densityto your signal acquisitions and analysis.

At less than half the price of a traditional bench-top instrument, with its small size (170mm x 255mm x 40mm) and light weight (1kg), the portable PicoScope 9201 offers the widest range of measurements and waveform processing capabilities of any multi-gigahertz PC oscilloscope. It can be connected to the USB port of any Windows laptop or desktop PC.

Alan Tong, managing director of Pico, commented: "The PicoScope 9201 really shows the benefit of Pico's approach to test and measurement. We have taken our understanding of low-cost PC Oscilloscopes and applied it to a high-end, specialised instrument, and the result is a fully specified sampling scope that's within the budget of most engineering and test departments."

The PicoScope 9201 is available from local distributors, or direct from Pico, for ?5,995 ($11,700) + VAT and delivery.

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