LeCroy announces the LabMaster 10Zi product line with up to 65GHz and unveils a roadmap to provide 100GHz of real-time bandwidth. The 65GHz is made possible by outstanding results achieved with 8HP SiGe chipsets, which are performing beyond expectations. The world’s first 100GHz real-time oscilloscope will be available in calendar year 2013.
LeCroy uses 8HP SiGe, the most recently available process, to obtain 36GHz on four channels. Furthermore, LeCroy’s proprietary ChannelSyncTM architecture in the LabMaster10Zi oscilloscopes permits precise synchronization of up to eighty 36GHz/80GS/s channels and up to forty 65GHz/160GS/s with a future 100GHz upgrade path.
Modular Oscilloscope Platform Enhances Usage
The LabMaster modular oscilloscope architecture separates the oscilloscope signal acquisition function from the display, control, and processing functions. The LabMaster Master-Control-Module contains the display, controls, ChannelSync architecture, and a powerful server-class CPU. The Acquisition Modules, provide silicon-based 36GHz performance with up to 65GHz on two channels (and future upgrade to 100GHz on one channel). One LabMaster Master-Control-Module and one LabMaster Acquisition-Module function as a single, conventional 4-channel oscilloscope. By using ChannelSync architecture, up to twenty Acquisition-Modules can be perfectly synchronized, for up to eighty channels at 36GHz and forty channels at 65GHz.
ChannelSync advantages are numerous. A single sample clock and trigger circuit is utilized by all acquisition modules to provide the highest acquisition precision possible for up to eighty channels. The modular design is “plug-and-play”, so no programming, external clocking, clock synchronization, or complex connections between oscilloscopes are required. There is a single display and a single server-class CPU in the Master-Control-Module. All acquired channels and waveforms are displayed in one location for ease of use and understanding of information – just like in a single, conventional oscilloscope.
28 Gb/s True-Hardware Serial Trigger
A new 28Gb/s – the world’s highest speed – serial pattern trigger supports up to 80-bit non-return to zero (NRZ) serial patterns, 8b/10b and 64b/66b symbols, and PCI Express Generation 3.0 protocol. It is a true-hardware FPGA-based triggers that provide real-time monitoring of the acquisition stream and capture specific serial data traffic as defined by the user. This trigger is more sophisticated and useful compared to a “software-trigger” that is provided by other manufacturers.
Multi-Lane Serial Data Analysis and Crosstalk/Noise Analysis
LabMaster has the ability to display eye diagrams, histograms, bathtub curves, jitter measurements, etc. on four lanes simultaneously with reference/compare capability. A crosstalk/analysis package will launch soon. These capabilities are ideal for customers testing four lanes of electrical serial data, such as 40GbE or 100GbE and need the ability to visually assess multiple lanes simultaneously for crosstalk infringement, measure amplitude noise at specific sampling points in the unit interval, and then perform subsequent analysis on crosstalk root cause.
Optical Transmission Using Coherent MIMO
While DP-QPSK and 16-QAM modulation formats have garnered most of the research investments for optical transmission in the past few years, parallel optical systems, such as frequency-parallel coherent optical super-channels or spatially-parallel coherent optical multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) systems have been gaining attention due to their ability to scale fiber capacities and to obtain higher transmission rates with lower speed components. In recent MIMO experiments done at Bell Labs a LabMaster 9Zi-A modular oscilloscope with twelve channels was utilized to demonstrate a mode-multiplexed 6×20-GBaud QPSK transmission (240-Gb/s per wavelength channel) up to 4200km and the results were honored with post-deadline paper acceptance at OFC/NFOEC in Los Angeles, California in March 2012.
“LabMaster oscilloscopes have played a key role in our research at Bell Labs. In our coherent MIMO experiments, the modular oscilloscope system synchronizes all twelve high-speed channels for us, which significantly facilitates our experiments,” commented Dr. Peter Winzer from Bell Labs. “We appreciate the support that LeCroy has provided to us in our efforts to approach Terabit/second single-carrier interface rates, based on their family of high-bandwidth oscilloscope systems. l
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