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The Picoscope 9201A PC Sampling Oscilloscope is essential for analysing electrical communications standards and characterising connectors, cables, IC packages and printed circuit boards.

Unlike a real-time oscilloscope, the Picoscope 9201A builds up a picture of a repetitive signal by combining samples from a large number of cycles of the waveform.

This enables it to achieve high effective sampling rates (up to 5TS/s) and fast time bases (10ps/div to 50ms/div) at a much lower cost than a real-time scope of comparable bandwidth.

The Picoscope 9201A has two 12GHz input channels, enabling it to analyse a range of communication standards up to 6.6Gb, including Ethernet, SONET/SDH, Fibre Channel, Infiniband, XAUI, G.703 up to 155Mb, and ANSI T1 up to STS3.

It includes mask limit tests for all these standards and many more.

The powerful analysis functions include high-resolution cursors, automatic eye-pattern measurements with statistics and FFT.

The Picoscope 9201A also has two trigger inputs: a 1GHz direct trigger and a 10GHz prescaled trigger.

The Picoscope 9201A has 20 per cent lower noise and 5dB better inter-channel isolation than its predecessor, the Picoscope 9201, plus many other improved specifications.

The PC software has also been upgraded with more than 70 new standard masks such as RapidIO up to 3.125Gb/s, PCI Express up to 5Gb/s and Serial ATA up to 3Gb/s.

The scope connects to any Windows XP or Vista computer with a USB 2.0 port.

Unlike traditional, bulky bench-top instruments that contain a PC and a display, the Picoscope 9201A is housed in a Compact enclosure that takes up very little workbench space.

For portable use it only requires a laptop and a mains adapter.

The Picoscope 9201A is priced at GBP5,995.

This includes software updates that can be downloaded from Pico’s website, as well as technical support.

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