Microwave test & sub-picosecond timing without high cost
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 recovery trigger
The PicoScope 9211A 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 modes
The PicoScope 9211A 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.
8 GHz Optical to electrical converter
The PicoScope 9231A has 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.
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.
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.
RZ Mask Test
Trigger Pattern Scan
Measuring TDR with Picoscope 9211A and 9231A oscilloscopes
|The PicoScope 9000A 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Software development kit
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.
Your opinion is very important to us. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to evaluate changes and make improvements in our products:
|Sampling Techniques used in the PicoScope 9000 Sampling Oscilloscope||English||1||71.76 Kb||2008|
|Picoscope 9300 Series migration guide||English||1||497.69 Kb||2017|
|PicoScope 9000 Sampling Oscilloscope Questions and Answers||English||1||348.07 Kb||2020|
|PicoScope 9200A 系列 数据表||中文 (简体)||11||7.31 Mb||2016|
|Scheda tecnica PicoScope serie 9200A||Italiano||11||7.18 Mb||2016|
|PicoScope 9200A Series Data Sheet||English||14||6.31 Mb||2016|
|Datenblatt PicoScope 9200A-Series||Deutsch||11||7.22 Mb||2016|
|Ficha Técnica de la serie PicoScope 9200A||Español||11||7.20 Mb||2016|
|Fiche Technique de la série PicoScope 9200A||Français||11||7.24 Mb||2016|
|Presentations and Training|
|PicoScope 9201 Новый миниатюрный 12- ГГц стробоскопический осциллограф||Russian||1||7.43 Mb||2007|
|PicoScope 9201 – World Smallest 12–GHz PC Sampling Oscilloscope. Product Presentation||Russian||1||5.17 Mb||2008|
|PicoScope 9201 presentation||English||1||1.71 Mb||2008|
|Modern Communication Measurements with the PicoScope 9000 Sampling Oscilloscope||English||1||2.27 Mb||2009|
|Low-cost High-resolution TDR Measurements with the PicoScope 9211 USB-Sampling Oscillloscope||English||1||688.32 Kb||2010|
|Sampling Oscilloscope Training. Munchen Olympic Tower||English||1||2.24 Mb||2010|
|PicoScope 9200A. New USB connected sampling oscilloscopes featuring 12-GHz electrical, 8-GHz optical bandwidth, and 100-ps TDRTDT. Munchen OlympicTower||English||1||2.95 Mb||2011|
|PicoScope 9000 Series and the NEW 9300 20 GHz Sampling Oscilloscopes. Distributor Training FINAL||English||1||8.31 Mb||2013|
|PicoScope 9200A Series Programmer’s Guide||English||4||739.40 Kb||2010|
|Quick Start Guides|
|PicoScope 9200A Series Quick Start Guide||English||14||1.43 Mb||2017|
|Picoscope 9000 R2.4.9||English||2||44.85 Mb||2020|
|PicoScope 9200A Series User’s Guide||English||5||21.51 Mb||2015|
Here you can check the latest PicoScope 9200 Series specifications:
|Channels||2 (simultaneous acquisition)|
|Full||DC to 12 GHz|
|Narrow||DC to 8 GHz|
|Rise time (calculated)||10% to 90%, tR = 0.35/BW|
|Full bandwidth||29.2 ps|
|Narrow bandwidth||43.7 ps|
|Input connectors||SMA (F)|
|ADC resolution||16 bits|
|Scale factors (sensitivity)||2 mV/div to 500 mV/div. 1-2-5 sequence and 0.5% fine increments|
|Nominal input impedance||(50 ±1) Ω|
Optical–electrical (O/E) converter (PicoScope 9221A and 9231A)
|Unfiltered bandwidth||DC to 8 GHz typical.
DC to 7 GHz guaranteed at full electrical bandwidth)
|Effective wavelength range||750 nm to 1650 nm|
|Calibrated wavelengths||850 nm (MM), 1310 nm (MM/SM), 1550 nm (SM)|
|Transition time||10% to 90% calculated from tR = 0.48 / BW: 60 ps max.|
|RMS noise, maximum||4 µW (1310 and 1550 nm), 6 µW (850 nm)|
|Scale factors (sensitivity)||1 µV/div to 400 µV/div (full scale is 8 divisions)|
|DC accuracy, typical||(±25 µW ±10% of vertical scale|
|Maximum input peak power||+7 dBm (1310 nm)|
|Maximum input peak power||Single-mode (SM) or multi-mode (MM)|
|Fiber input||+7 dBm (1310 nm)|
|Fiber input connector||FC/PC|
|Input return loss|
|SM||−24 dB, typical|
|MM||−16 dB, typical; −14 dB, maximum|
|Digitising rate||DC to 200 kHz maximum|
|Timebases||10 ps/div to 50 ms/div (main, intensified, two delayed, or dual delayed)|
|Time interval resolution||200 fs minimum|
|Data record length||32 to 4096 points maximum per channel in x2 sequence|
|Delta time interval accuracy|
|For horizontal scale > 450 ps/div||±0.2% of Delta Time Interval ±15 ps at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.|
|For horizontal scale = 450 ps/div||±15 ps or ±5% of Delta Time Interval ±5 ps, whichever is smaller at a temperature within ±3 °C of horizontal calibration temperature.|
|Acquisition modes||Sample (normal), average, envelope|
Dynamic performance (typical)
|RMS noise, maximum|
|Full bandwidth||2 mV|
|Narrow bandwidth||1.5 mV|
|With averaging||100 µV system limit|
Clock recovery and pattern sync trigger (PicoScope 9211A only)
|Clock recovery sensitivity|
|12.3 Mb/s to 1 Gb/s||50 mV p-p|
|1 Gb/s to 2.7 Gb/s||100 mV p-p Continuous rate|
|Pattern sync trigger||10 Mb/s to 8 Gb/s with pattern length from 7 to 65,535 max.|
|Recovered clock RMS trigger jitter, maximum||1 ps + 1.0% of unit interval|
|Maximum safe trigger input voltage||±2 V (DC + peak AC)|
|Trigger input connector||SMA (F)|
Signal generator output (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A)
|Modes||Step, coarse timebase, pulse, NRZ, RZ|
|Rise/fall times||100 ps (20% to 80%) typical|
Measurement and analysis
|Marker||Vertical bars, horizontal bars (measure volts) or waveform markers (× and +)|
|Automatic measurements||Up to 40 automatic pulse measurements|
|Histogram||Vertical or horizontal|
|Mathematics||Up to four math waveforms can be defined and displayed|
|FFT||Up to two fast Fourier transforms can be run simultaneously with the built-in filters (rectangular, Nicolson, Hann, flat-top, Blackman–Harris and Kaiser–Bessel)|
|Eye diagram||Automatically characterizes NRZ and RZ eye patterns. Measurements are based on statistical analysis of the waveform.|
|Mask test||Acquired signals are tested for fit outside areas defined by up to eight polygons. Standard or user-defined masks can be selected.|
|Display style||Dots, vectors, variable or infinite persistence, variable or infinite grey scaling, variable or infinite colour grading|
|Temperature range (operating)||+5 °C to +35 °C|
|Temperature range (stated accuracy)||+15 °C to 25 °C|
|Temperature range (storage)||-20 °C to +50 °C|
|Humidity range (operating)||Up to 85% RH, non-condensing, at +25 °C|
|Humidity range (storage)||Up to 95% RH, non-condensing|
|Dimensions||170 x 255 x 40 mm (6.7 x 10.0 x 1.6 in)|
|Weight||1.1 kg (2.3 lb) max.|
|PicoScope 9000 for Windows||PicoScope 9000 software is capable of many advanced features such as mathematical analysis, histogram analysis, eye-diagram analysis and mask testing. All features are included as standard. Updates can be downloaded for free.|
|Software development kit||The SDK allows you to control the scope from your own program. The software can act as an ActiveX COM server, allowing any program to send commands to it using a standard Windows protocol. This is ideal for production and test environments where multiple scopes need to be controlled from a single PC, or where automated tests need to be run. The SDK contains full documentation and example code for various programming languages.|
|Additional hardware (supplied)||2 x SMA M-F connector savers (supplied fitted to scope)
Additional SMA M-F connector saver (9221A and 9231A only)
TDR Accessory Kit (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)
LAN patch and crossover cables (9211A and 9231A only)
USB 2.0 cable
Tough carry case
|TDR Accessory Kit contents (supplied with PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)||30 cm precision cable
80 cm precision cable
0 Ω short
50 Ω terminator
Resistive power divider
|Operating system||32-bit edition of Windows XP (SP3), 32 or 64-bit edition of Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT)|
|PC connection||USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 and USB 3.0 compatible)|
|LAN connection||10/100 Mb/s (PicoScope 9211A and 9231A only)|
|PicoScope 9201A||+6 V DC ±5%. @ 1.9 A max|
|PicoScope 9211A||+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.6 A max|
|PicoScope 9221A||+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.3 A max|
|PicoScope 9231A||+6 V DC ±5%. @ 2.9 A max|
|AC adaptor||Mains adaptor supplied for USA, UK, Europe and Australasia|
||FCC (EMC), CE (EMC and LVD)|
|Total satisfaction guarantee||In the event that this product does not fully meet your requirements you can return it for an exchange or refund. To claim, the product must be returned in good condition within 14 days.|
|Warranty||2 years (1 year for input sampler)|
Discover out models range
|12 GHz sampling oscilloscope|
|Clock recovery trigger|
|Pattern sync trigger|
|Dual signal generator outputs|
|Electrical TDR/TDT capability|
|8 GHz optical-electrical converter|
|Price||€8 815||€11 015||€20 575|