Pico Technologies, represented locally by Comtest, has completed the update on the PicoScope 9300 Series. The PicoScope 9301 and PicoScope 9341 have received a bandwidth upgrade from 20 GHz to 25 GHz – highly significant because 25GHz bandwidth allows five harmonic capture of data rates up to 10Gbit/s. With serial data streams up to 10Gbits/s now commonplace, standards such as HDMI 2.0, PCIe Gen2 and Gen3, GBit Ethernet and USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, to name but a few, all have transmission lines, cables, components, transmitters and receivers which all need pre-compliance testing and characterisation.
Is 25 GHz bandwidth is expensive?
Engineers need to constantly test and validate their designs before compliance testing. For most companies, owning a real-time scope with 25GHz bandwidth is unrealistic (upwards of R2 600 000/$200 000) so long-term renting is often the only way forward but that could be +R195 000/$15,000, per month. Users can now own the 25 GHz scope on the bench and have it in use every day, for the equivalent of 1 month’s rent of a 25 GHz real time scope. This represents the best bandwidth vs price performance currently available to market.
Intuitive touch-optimised software
All PicoScope 9300 and 9300-25 sampling oscilloscopes use PicoSample 3 software. The latest releases, PicoSample 3.25, includes masks for USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, and the user interface has been optimised (use with a mouse or a touch screen PC or laptop).
High performance microwave and Gigabit probes
No oscilloscope measurement system is complete without a set of high performance probes, and Pico Technology now offer a full range of highly cost effective microwave and gigabit probes, ideally suited to low-invasive in system probing of analogue, pulse, impulse and high speed serial data streams.