Pico extends its PicoScope 9300 sampling oscilloscope range

Pico Technology has added three 15GHz models and a 25GHz model to its portable, economical PicoScope 9300 series of sampling oscilloscopes.

The 15GHz models replace the 9200 series 12GHz models, with upgraded specifications at lower prices. As a result, all Pico sampling oscilloscopes now operate under the PicoSample 3 software. The instruments combine Pico’s cost-effective sampling technology with the convenience of USB and LAN control ports.

At an entry-level price below $11,000, the 9301-15 provides two channels at 15GHz bandwidth and pre-scaled trigger to 14GHz. It delivers 16bit sampling rate of one Msample per second in support of fast-update eye diagrams, persisted traces, histogramming and statistical analysis. Equivalent sampling rate tops out at 15Tsample per second. That, says Pico Technology, is a time resolution of just 64fs. It also has an unusually long maximum trace length for sampling oscilloscopes of up to 32ksamples.

At 15GHz, Pico’s entry-level sampling oscilloscope aligns with today’s popular gigabit data rates. The 15GHz bandwidth will support third harmonic characterisation of serial data out to 10Gbit per second and fifth harmonic out to six Gbit per second. Full touchscreen control, menus that configure to the application at hand, comprehensive PRBS pattern lock, and eye-line step and scan, contribute to a powerful, yet economically-priced instrument for visualisation, measurement and characterisation of high-speed serial data. Another model, the 9302‑15 adds clock recovery trigger out to 11.3Gbit per second and RMS jitter typically down to 1.0ps + one per cent of data interval.

The third of the new 15 GHz models, priced below $15 k, the 9311-15, addresses single-ended time domain transmission (TDT) and time domain reflection (TDR) measurements. System transition time (65ps) halves distance resolution and adjustable pulse width extends reflected fault detection range from around 4.0mm typically out to 400m (1350-feet).

At 20GHz, the 9311-20 supports fully differential and de-skewable TDR/TDT capability and all 9300 models can be paired with the PG900 standalone fast pulse generators to achieve similar TDR/TDT capability, for example on the four-channel and optical input models, or greater flexibility with any 9300 model.

The 9300 family also pairs well with Pico’s low-invasive PicoConnect 900 passive probes, capable of browse probing out to 9.0GHz or 18Gbit per second, typically without interrupt of downstream function.

At 25GHz, Pico has created the model 9302-25 to add 11.3Gbit per second clock recovery to the higher bandwidth models. This bandwidth will support fifth harmonic assessments at data rates to 10Gbit per second and, assuming a clock or sub-clock is available, 16Gbit per second at third harmonic.



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