PicoScope 9200 Series

12 GHz USB Sampling Oscilloscopes

At 12 GHz bandwidth the PicoScope 9200 sampling oscilloscopes address digital and telecommunications of 6 Gb/s and higher, microwave applications to 12 GHz and timing applications with a resolution down to 200 fs. The model options can include clock recovery up to 2.7 Gb/s, an 8 GHz optical to electrical converter or a time domain reflectometry pulse source of 120 ps transition time. A powerful, small-footprint and extremely cost-effective microwave measurement solution.

12 GHz bandwidth with TDR and optical options

The PicoScope 9200A oscilloscopes uses sequential sampling technology to measure fast repetitive signals without the need for expensive real-time sampling hardware. Combined with an input bandwidth of 12 GHz, this enables acquisition of signals with rise times of 50 ps or even faster. Precise timebase stability and accuracy, and a resolution of 200 fs, allow characterization of jitter in the most demanding applications.

The PicoScope 9200A scopes are designed with our PC Oscilloscope architecture to create a compact, lightweight instrument that can be easily carried around with your laptop.

10 GHz prescaled trigger

The PicoScope 9200A scopes have a built-in high-frequency trigger with frequency divider. Its typical bandwidth of up to 10 GHz allows measurements of microwave components with extremely fast data rates.

1 GHz full-function direct trigger

The scopes are equipped with a built-in direct trigger for signals up to 1 GHz repetition rate without using additional trigger units.

Built-in 2.7 Gb/s clock data recovery (CDR)

The PicoScope 9211A, 9221A, and 9231A have a dedicated clock recovery trigger input for serial data from 12.3 Mb/s to 2.7 Gb/s.

Pattern sync trigger and eye line

The PicoScope 9211A, 9221A and 9231A can internally generate a pattern sync trigger derived from bit rate, pattern length, and trigger divide ratio. This enables it to build up an eye pattern from any specified bit or group of bits in a sequence.

Eye line mode works with the pattern sync trigger to isolate any one of the 8 possible paths, called eye lines, that the signal can make through the eye diagram. This allows the instrument to display averaged eye diagrams showing a specified eye line.

Watch video - Pattern sync triggers

8 GHz Optical to electrical converter

The PicoScope 9221A and 9231A have a built-in 8 GHz optical electrical converter. This allows analysis of optical signals such as SONET/SDH OC1 to OC48, Fibre Channel FC133 to FC4250, and G.984.2. The converter input accepts both single-mode (SM) and multimode (MM) fibers and has a wavelength range of 750 to 1650 nm.

A selection of Bessel-Thomson filters can be purchased separately for use with specific optical standards.

Watch video - Basics of high-speed optical signal characterisation

Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR/TDT)

The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A TDR/TDT Oscilloscopes are specially designed for time-domain reflectometry (TDR) and time-domain transmissometry (TDT). It provides a low-cost method of testing cables, connectors, circuit boards and IC packages for unwanted reflections and losses.

The PicoScope 9211A and 9231A work by launching pulses into the device under test using programmable, 100 ps rise-time step generators. They then use their 12 GHz sampling inputs to build up a picture from a sequence of reflected or transmitted pulses. The results can be displayed as volts, ohms or rho against time or distance.

Watch video - Time domain reflectometry basics
Watch video - Improving the accuracy of TDR acquisitions
Watch video - SATA Cable Test Using TDR

PicoScope 9211A TDR being used to analyse a series of via–holes on a PCB spaced 5 mm apart.

Built in signal generator

The scope can generate industry-standard or custom signals including clock, pulse and pseudo-random binary sequence. These can be used to test the instrument's inputs, experiment with its features and verify complex set-ups such as mask tests.

Watch video - signal generator

Oscilloscope models

9201A

9211A

9231A

12 GHz sampling oscilloscope
USB port
LAN port
Clock recovery trigger
Pattern sync trigger
Dual signal generator outputs
Electrical TDR/TDT capability
8 GHz optical-electrical converter
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PicoScope 9201 accessories included

9200 Standard Accessories Kit

• PicoSourceTM9000 software CD
• Quick Start Guide
• Power supply 6V, universal input
• Localised line cord
• USB 2.0 cable, 1.8 m
• SMA / PC3.5 / 2.92 wrench
• Storage and carry case
• TA170 18 GHz SMA(m-f) connector saver adapter
fitted to each input channel

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PicoScope 9201 accessories included

9200 Standard Accessories Kit

• PicoSourceTM9000 software CD
• Quick Start Guide
• Power supply 6V, universal input
• Localised line cord
• USB 2.0 cable, 1.8 m
• SMA / PC3.5 / 2.92 wrench
• Storage and carry case
• TA170 18 GHz SMA(m-f) connector saver adapter
• fitted to each input channel

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1x 4 GHz Divider Kit, comprising

• 4 GHz 50 ΩSMA(f-f-f) 3-resistor 6 dB power divider
• 30 cm precision coaxial SMA(m-m) cable
• 80 cm precision coaxial SMA(m-m) cable

1x 14 GHz 25 ps TDR Kit

• 18 GHz, 50 ΩSMA(m-m) within series adapter
• 18 GHz, SMA(f) reference short
• 18 GHz, SMA(f) reference load

TA181 10 GHz 3 dB SMA(m-f) attenuator
LAN cable, 1 m

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