New range of compact two-channel oscilloscopes offer 1MHz sampling rate

PicoScope’s 9300 Series Sampling Oscilloscopes can perform pre-compliance tests, fault-finding, design, debug and margin testing on serial communications signals such as 10 Gb Ethernet, SONET/SDH STM64 and FEC1071, 10x Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand and PCI Express.

These compact two-channel oscilloscopes will replace traditional, full-sized bench-top instruments without compromising on usability, analysis features or accuracy, claims the company. Their 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 a built-in signal generator with 4ns minimum bit interval in PRBS mode and 8ns minimum period in pulse mode; and they have LAN and USB interfaces, and advanced display features.

Specification highlights include: over 15 TS/s effective sampling rate, 17.5 ps input rise time, dual 16-bit, 60 dB dynamic range inputs, 5 ps/div dual timebase, 14 GHz prescaled trigger bandwidth, clock recovery up to 11.3 Gb/s and time interval resolution of 64 fs. The sampling rate of 1MHz quickly builds waveforms and persistence displays, and these offer typical noise of 1.5 mV RMS at full bandwidth, external trigger jitter of 1.8 ps RMS, and recovered clock jitter of only 1 ps RMS.

The PicoSample software has been comprehensively updated for the new 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 1.54 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s. The software is compatible with all versions of Microsoft Windows® from Windows XP to Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit versions).

The PicoScope 9300 Series Sampling Oscilloscopes are available now from Pico distributors worldwide and from the website.

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