LeCroy (www.lecroy.com) has launched the fastest probe in the market today with the new WaveLink probe. Offering bandwidth of 25 GHz, this new differential solder-in probe is well-matched with the company’s WaveMaster 8 Zi series of oscilloscopes, which feature a maximum bandwidth of 30 GHz.
Using the WaveMaster 825Zi oscilloscope and the WaveLink D2505 differential probe, engineers can now easily achieve a scope and probe bandwidth of 25 GHz, which is an industry first.
The new 25 GHz solder-in probe offers superior rise time performance that effectively extends its performance to 17.5 hp when used with a 25 GHz oscilloscope. At 25 GHz, the probe’s baseline electrical noise has been dramatically reduced to just 3.1 mVrms and 1.6 mVrms at 13 GHz. Exhibiting superior AC loading in the high-frequency and mid-band frequency range, the probe delivers a loading capacity that is almost twice the capacity of other probes in its class. The probe’s combination of bandwidth and performance is the key to accurate characterization of next generation serial data signals. It also delivers signal fidelity that is almost similar to cabled inputs.
Just like the previous 13 GHz to 20 GHz WaveLink probes, the new WaveLink probes feature a transmission line design that comes with an attenuating tip. It then delivers an amplifier output to a differential transmission line that is connected to the oscilloscope with a cable/platform assembly. Pioneered by LeCroy, this kind of design offers outstanding performance at high bandwidth and is now considered the standard type of design for probes with more than six GHz bandwidth. The probe’s minimum AC loading capacity at high frequency is far more superior than other competing units at bandwidths of 13 GHz to 20 GHz.