Pico Technology Ltd. (www.picotech.com) is pleased to announce the release of its all-new PicoScope 9231A and 9221A Sampling Oscilloscopes – high-performance, compact and low-cost instruments for pre-compliance testing and characterizing of electrical and optical signals.
They feature a wide-bandwidth PC sampling oscilloscope designed for use with repetitive signals, including test pulses and serial data. The technology provides a time resolution down to 0.2ps and an effective sampling rate of 5TS/s, allowing the oscilloscopes to run with timebases as short as 10ps/div. The two models have two 12GHz electrical inputs and an 8GHz optical-to-electrical converter, enabling them to analyze a broad range of standards such as SONET/SDH up to OC192, Ethernet up to 10Gb, Fibre Channel up to 10GFC, G.703 up to 155Mb/s, InfiniBand, XAUI, ANSI T1 up to G.984.2, RapidIO, STS3, PCI Express and Serial ATA. More than 150 industry-standard masks are also included for the tests.
The PicoScope 9231A and 9221A have three trigger inputs: a 10GHz prescaled trigger, a 1 GHz direct trigger and a clock-recovery trigger input for serial data between 12.3Mbps to 2.7Gb/s. Both also have a pattern-sync trigger, which allow them to automatically detect pattern length, bit rate, and trigger divide ratio to show data-dependent eye diagrams.
The PicoScope 9231A and 9221A connect to any Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows XP computer with a USB 2.0 port. Alan Tong, Pico Technology’s Managing Director, said: “Our oscilloscopes are not like traditional bench-top instruments that contain their own PC and screen and take over your workbench. We’ve made them as small and energy-efficient as possible, so if you’re working at a customer’s premises, the only extra equipment you need to carry is a laptop and a mains adapter.”