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.

Eye diagram analysis, mask testing, histograms and more

The PicoScope 9000 software molds to your application by presenting only the feature controls that you need. Select the control panels you need with a single left or right click on the controls bar at the bottom of the display.

Choose to specify timebase offset numerically, or use the traditional dual timebase "Delay", "A", "A intensified by B" and "B" controls, or click, drag and zoom, which ever you find more natural.

Display your waveforms on a single, dual or quad graticule; persisted, colour or intensity graduated, vectored or not.

Comprehensive measurements and statistics

The PicoScope 9200A scopes quickly measure over 40 pulse parameters, so you don’t need to count graticules or estimate the waveform’s position. Up to ten simultaneous measurements or four statistics measurements are possible. The measurements conform to the IEEE standards.

Watch video - making measurements

Powerful mathematical analysis

The PicoScope 9000 Series supports up to four simultaneous mathematical combinations and functional transformation of acquired waveforms. You can select any of the mathematical functions as a math operator to act on the operand or operands.

Single-input operators: Invert, Absolute, Exponent, Logarithm, Differentiate, Integrate, Inverse, FFT, Interpolation, Smoothing.

Two-input operators: Add, Subtract, Multiply, and Divide.

Watch video - channel math

Histogram analysis

A histogram is a probability distribution that shows the distribution of acquired data from a source within a user-definable histogram window. The information gathered by the histogram is used to perform statistical analysis on the source.

Histograms can be constructed on waveforms on either the vertical or horizontal axes. The most common use for a vertical histogram is measuring and characterizing noise on displayed waveforms, while the most common use for a horizontal histogram is measuring and characterizing jitter on displayed waveforms.

Watch video - jitter measurement using histograms

Eye diagram analysis

The PicoScope 9200 Series quickly measures more than 30 fundamental parameters used to characterize non-return-to-zero (NRZ) and return-to-zero (RZ) signals. Up to four parameters can be measured simultaneously.

The PicoScope 9211A, 9221A and 9231A also include a 10 Gbps software pattern sync trigger for averaging eye diagrams.

Watch video - eye diagram analysis

Mask testing

For eye-diagram masks, such as those specified by the SONET and SDH standards, the PicoScope 9200 Series supports on-board mask drawing for visual comparison. The display can be grey-scaled or colour-graded to aid in analyzing noise and jitter in eye diagrams. Over 150 industry-standard masks are included.

Watch video - mask limit testing

FFT spectrum analysis

All PicoScope 9200 Series oscilloscopes can perform up to two Fast Fourier Transforms of input signals using a range of windowing functions. FFTs are useful for finding crosstalk problems, finding distortion problems in analog waveforms caused by nonlinear amplifiers, adjusting filter circuits designed to filter out certain harmonics in a waveform, testing impulse responses of systems, and identifying and locating noise and interference sources.

Watch video - FFT spectrum analysis

Software development kit

The PicoScope 9000 software can be operated as a standalone oscilloscope program and as an ActiveX control. The ActiveX control conforms to the Windows COM model and can be embedded in your own software. Programming examples are provided in Visual Basic (VB.NET), LabVIEW and Delphi, but any programming language or standard that supports the COM standard can be used, including JavaScript and C.

A comprehensive Programmer’s Guide is supplied that details every function of the ActiveX control.

The SDK can control the oscilloscope over the USB port or the LAN port.

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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