Saelig Announces 20-GHz PC Oscilloscopes

August 6, 2013. Saelig Company is offering PicoScope 9300 oscilloscopes, which use sequential sampling technology to measure fast repetitive signals without the need for expensive real-time sampling hardware. With an input bandwidth of up to 20 GHz, acquisition of signals with rise times of up to 17.5 ps is now possible with this sampling adapter, which attaches to a standard PC. Precise time-base stability and accuracy and a resolution of 64 fs allow accurate jitter characterizations. With over 15-TS/s effective sampling rate, 17.5-ps input rise time, and dual 16-bit, 60-dB dynamic-range inputs, PicoScope 9300 sampling oscilloscopes are suitable for many advanced applications, including signal analysis, timing analysis, testing and design of high-speed digital communication systems, network analysis, semiconductor testing, and research and development.

The 5-ps/div dual time-base with a time interval resolution of 64 fs enables the PicoScope 9300 scopes to build waveforms and persistence displays at the rate of 1 MHz. Typical noise is 1.5 mV RMS at full bandwidth, external trigger jitter is 1.8 ps RMS, and recovered clock jitter is 1 ps RMS. A built-in high-frequency trigger with frequency divider facilitates measurements of microwave or other high speed components with extremely fast data rates.

The 9300 scopes' built-in direct trigger is designed for signals up to 2.5-GHz repetition rate, and a clock-recovery trigger input accommodates serial data from 6.5 Mb/s to 11.3 Gb/s. 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 time-base, 14-GHz pre-scaled trigger bandwidth, clock recovery up to 11.3 Gb/s, and time-interval resolution of 64 fs.

The PicoScope 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 two-channel oscilloscopes can replace traditional, full-sized bench-top instruments without compromising usability, analysis features, or accuracy.

The free PicoSample software includes a comprehensive suite of measurement and analysis functions: 61 math functions, 138 automatic measurements, and 167 standard communications masks from 1.54 Mb/s to 12.5 Gb/s.

Designed and made by Pico Technology, the PicoScope 9300 oscilloscopes are available now from Pico's USA distributor Saelig Company Inc. from around $15,000.

Saelig is also offering the PP877 three-axis accelerometer, which includes a signal conditioning interface suitable for any 3-input oscilloscope, but is especially suited to Pico Technology's four-channel PC oscilloscope adapters. Designed for vibration and acceleration experiments, this three-axis accelerometer and interface simply plugs into any PicoScope oscilloscope to provide a ±5-g measurement range for movement and vibration investigations from DC to 350 Hz frequency range.

The PP877 accelerometer sensing head has mounting options of either a built-in powerful magnet or a mounting hole for screw-attachment. Powered by an internal 3-V lithium battery, the PP877's signal conditioner output is from 0 to 2 VDC, with 0 g at 0.85 to 1.15 V output (all axes) and output scaling of 99 to 122 mV/g. The sensor head has been designed for shock survivability to 10,000 g and an operating temperature range of -40°C to 85°C.

The free supplied PicoScope 6 software makes it easy to quickly see the output of each of the three axes' outputs when used with a suitable PC oscilloscope such as the PS4424.

The PP877 consists of a sensor head, a signal conditioner, three BNC cables, and a quick start guide. It is designed and manufactured by Pico Technology.

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