Lower cost brings 25GHz sampling oscilloscopes into mainstream

Posted By : Mick Elliott
Lower cost brings 25GHz sampling oscilloscopes into mainstream

The bandwidth of Pico Technology’s PicoScope 9300 family of Sampling Oscilloscopes has been extended with two new 25GHz models, which will cost less than 23,000 Euros. The USB-controlled Sampling Oscilloscope offers low-cost, high-integrity options for viewing and measuring RF and microwave signals, paths and networks. 

Sampling Oscilloscopes are the cost-effective solution to today’s proliferation of gigabit-per-second datastreams and their copper, wireless and optical fiber interconnect.

The new 2 and 4 channel 25GHz models, just added to the existing 20GHz PicoScope 9300 Series, now support fifth harmonic capture for data up to including 10 Gb/s, and third harmonic capture up to 16 Gb/s. 

These rates, and others in between, are increasingly found in Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1, PCIe 4, Rapid I/O, e-SATA, OC-192 / STM-64 and OC-256.

All have transmission lines, cables, components, transmitters and receivers that need pre-compliance testing and characterization.

For many owning a real-time scope with 25GHz bandwidth is unrealistic, with prices starting from $200,000.  Renting is usually the only option but even that can cost over $15,000 per month! According to Pico Technology, low cost means that users can have a 25GHz Sampling Oscilloscope, every day or where and when it is needed for the equivalent of 1 month’s rent of a 25GHz real-time box. 

To enable users to probe multiple broadband signals in-system and with minimal invasion of the measurement, all without interrupting system function, Pico Technology has the cost-effective, low-invasive, high-performance PicoConnect 900 probes, a comprehensive family of microwave and gigabit products. 

Uniquely configured as interchangeable AC or DC coupled probe heads in three division ratios (÷5, ÷10 and ÷20), these are ideally suited to in-system probing of analog, pulse, impulse and high-speed serial data streams. 

What’s more, they will interface to any other instrument type with 50 Ω inputs and likely outperform similar but manufacturer-locked accessories that you may have. 

All PicoScope 9300 Sampling Oscilloscopes can now be upgraded, free of charge, to full touchscreen operation with the latest PicoSample 3 software. PicoSample 3.25 also includes new masks for USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2.

The new PicoScope 9301-25 and 9341-25 Sampling Oscilloscopes are now available for €14,235 / £11,765 and €22,275 / £18,405 respectively.

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