Pico grows its range of sampling oscilloscopes

November 20, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Pico Technology has added three 15 GHz models and a further 25 GHz model to its professional, portable and low-cost PicoScope 9300 Series of Sampling Oscilloscopes.

The new 15 GHz models replace the preceding 9200 Series 12 GHz models, with significantly upgraded specifications at lower prices, with the result that all Pico Sampling Oscilloscopes now operate under the same PicoSample 3 software. These instruments combine Pico’s uniquely cost-effective sampling technology with the convenience of USB and LAN control ports.

At an entry-level price below $11,000, the 9301-15 offers two channels at a bandwidth of 15 GHz and pre-scaled trigger to 14 GHz. It delivers market-leading 16-bit sampling rate of 1 MS/s in support of fast-update eye diagrams, persisted traces, histograms and statistical analysis. Equivalent sampling rate tops out at 15 TS/s—that’s a time resolution of just 64 fs—along with a long maximum trace length of up to 32 kilosamples.

15 GHz bandwidth will support third harmonic characterization of serial data out to 10 Gb/s and fifth harmonic out to 6 Gb/s. Full touch screen control, menus that configure to the application at hand, comprehensive PRBS pattern lock, and eye-line step and scan, all add up to a powerful and quite probably the lowest-cost instrument available for visualization, measurement and characterization of high-speed serial data. Move up to the 9302‑15 to add Clock Recovery trigger out to 11.3 Gb/s and RMS jitter typically down to 1.0 ps + 1% of data interval.