New Models, New Broadband Probes And Touchscreen Operation For The PicoScope 9300 Sampling Oscilloscopes
Pico Technology has increased the bandwidth of its PicoScope 9300 family of Sampling Oscilloscopes with two new 25 GHz models. The USB-controlled Sampling Oscilloscope, available only from Pico, stands as one of very few low-cost, high-integrity options for viewing and measuring RF and microwave signals, paths and networks. Sampling Oscilloscopes are the cost-effective solution to today’s proliferation of gigabit-per-second datastreams and their copper, wireless and optical fiber interconnect. The new 2 and 4 channel 25 GHz models, just added to the existing 20 GHz PicoScope 9300 Series, now support fifth harmonic capture for data up to including 10 Gb/s, and third harmonic capture up to 16 Gb/s. These rates, and others in between, are increasingly found in Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1, PCIe 4, Rapid I/O, e-SATA, OC-192 / STM-64 and OC-256. All have transmission lines, cables, components, transmitters and receivers that need pre-compliance testing and characterization.
For most of us, owning a real-time scope with 25 GHz bandwidth is unrealistic, with prices starting from $200,000. Renting is usually the only option but even that can cost over $15,000 per month! “Low cost” means that you can have a 25 GHz Sampling Oscilloscope, on your bench every day or where and when you need it, for the equivalent of 1 month’s rent of a 25 GHz real-time box. Having chosen your oscilloscope, you will want to probe your multiple broadband signals in-system and with minimal invasion of the measurement, all without interrupting system function. For this you will need the cost-effective, low-invasive, high-performance PicoConnect 900 probes. This is a comprehensive family of microwave and gigabit products. Uniquely configured as interchangeable AC or DC coupled probe heads in three division ratios (?5, ?10 and ?20), these are ideally suited to in-system probing of analog, pulse, impulse and high-speed serial data streams.
What’s more, they will interface to any other instrument type with 50 ? inputs and likely outperform similar but manufacturer-locked accessories that you may have. To add to the good news, all PicoScope 9300 Sampling Oscilloscopes can now be upgraded, free of charge, to full touchscreen operation with the latest PicoSample 3 software. PicoSample 3.25 also includes new masks for USB 2.0 and USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2.
The new PicoScope 9301-25 and 9341-25 Sampling Oscilloscopes are now available for only $16 765 / EUR14 235 / ?11 765 and $26 235 / EUR22 275 / ?18 405 respectively. PicoScope 9300 Series sampling oscilloscopes:
PicoConnect 900 Series probes:
About Pico Technology
Pico Technology has spent over 25 years leading the industry in the design, development and manufacture of high-performance PC Oscilloscopes and Data Loggers, while engineers at our Eastern Europe office have been working in the RF and microwave market since 1974. Together we have built up an impressive and innovative portfolio of small-footprint, high-performance products and software, often at uniquely low prices.
Examples are the PicoScope PC Sampling Oscilloscope range with bandwidths up to 25 GHz; real-time oscilloscopes with fixed and flexible hardware resolutions up to 16 bits, deep buffer memories and mixed-signal capability; the TC-08 and PT-104 Temperature Data Loggers; and the multi-award-winning Automotive Oscilloscope Kit.
For more information, visit www.picotech.com.
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Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, expects future revenue from its planned satellite broadband internet business will be significantly larger than its rocket launch business by 2020. The American aerospace transport services company projects that its planned satellite internet business will have over 40 million subscribers and bring in more than $30 billion in revenue by 2025, according to documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal3. By that year, the rocket launch business will only generate about $5 billion, or around 15 percent of the company’s total revenue. The satellite business will become more profitable than the launch business as early as 2020, according to SpaceX. Using a $1 billion combined investment from Alphabet Inc. and Fidelity Investments, placed in 2015, SpaceX plans to launch the fleet of over 4,000 communications satellites — about 70 times the size of any current communications array.
The first phase will reportedly go online by 2018.
“With deployment of the first 800 satellites, SpaceX will be able to provide widespread U.S. and international coverage for broadband services,” SpaceX wrote in a filing4 with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year. “Once fully optimized through the Final Deployment, the system will be able to provide high bandwidth (up to 1 Gbps per user), low latency broadband services for consumers and businesses in the U.S. and globally.”
SpaceX’s low-earth orbiting satellite network5 is expected to reduce latency — a problem that causes delays in transmission of Internet data packets between Earth and satellites — by using the latest phased array technology to dynamically steer a large pool of beams to focus capacity where it is needed. A SpaceX Falcon 9 space rocket exploded shortly after liftoff in 2015, which cost the company $260 million, reports WSJ.
SpaceX suffered another setback when its signature launch rocket it exploded during a static fire test in September. Four months later, the company has rebounded from past losses and numerous delays, culminating in the successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday, which carried 10 commercial satellites into orbit to start revitalizing Iridium Communications Inc.’s aging satellite constellation, according to Market Watch6. SpaceX plans to ramp up launches in coming years.
“We have more than 70 future launches on our manifest representing over $10 billion in contracts,” said SpaceX Chief Financial Officer Bret Johnson. “The company is in a financially strong position and is well positioned for future growth,” he said, adding that SpaceX has over $1 billion of cash and no debt, reports WSJ.