Modular oscilloscope systems provide up to 45GHz, 120 GS/s and 20 channels

Modular oscilloscope systems provide up to 45GHz, 120 GS/s and 20 channels

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Future ultra-high bandwidth oscilloscopes will be developed and deployed in the LabMaster 9 Zi-A family. The LabMaster 9 Zi-A system architecture separates the oscilloscope signal acquisition function from the display, control and processing functions. LabMaster 9 Zi-A “Master” acquisition modules contain the display, control, and a single acquisition module in one unit.

Additional “Slave” acquisition modules contain additional acquisition systems. Each “Master” or “Slave” is available in bandwidth ratings of 13, 16, 20, 30, and 45 GHz with up to 256Mpts/Ch of acquisition and analysis memory at up to 20 GHz, 512 Mpts/Ch at 30 GHz, and 768Mpts/Ch at 45 GHz. Up to four “Slaves” can be attached to one “Master”, for a total of 20 channels at 20 GHz, 10 Channels at 30 GHz, and 5 Channels at 45 GHz.

A powerful server-class CPU using Intel XeonTM X5660 processors (2.8 GHz per core, six cores per processor, and two processors per CPU or 33.6 GHz total effective clock speed) with 24 GB of RAM (192 GB optionally available) comes in a third module to deliver the processing power required for the immense amounts of data made acquired by LabMaster 9 Zi-A.

By using proprietary ChannelSync technology, the LabMaster 9 Zi-A “Master” acquisition module can perfectly synchronize “Slave” Acquisition Modules thus providing never-before-achieved channel density in high performance oscilloscopes. The flexibility of the LabMaster 9 Zi-A design also allows users to configure LabMaster 9 Zi-A systems for conventional benchtop use with enhanced economic value.

With the LabMaster 9 Zi-A’s modular design, users can start with a minimum configuration and add channels over time by simply adding additional acquisition modules, upgrading bandwidth on existing modules, or mixing and matching bandwidths in one system. The platform even provides for future expandability. All waveforms are viewable on the built-in 15.3” display, or on a variety of optional or user-supplied displays (up to 2560×1600 resolution). A single 10 GHz distributed clock signal is generated and used in the Master acquisition module, and also distributed to as many as four additional Slave acquisition modules.

LabMaster 9 Zi-A can be configured in a system that provides 2 channels at 45 GHz for differential signal input test capability. Furthermore, this configuration also provides 4 channels at 30 GHz or 8 channels at 20 GHz for testing and debugging of multiple lanes at lower bandwidth.

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