Teledyne LeCroy intros 100-GHz oscilloscope

Test and measurement vendor Teledyne LeCroy has introduced the LabMaster 10-100Zi, a 100-GHz oscilloscope for development of advanced next-generation communication systems. With this introduction, Teledyne LeCroy says it is aggressively pushing real-time bandwidth and sample rate boundaries to achieve 100 GHz and 240 GS/s.

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Test and measurement vendor Teledyne LeCroy has introduced the LabMaster 10-100Zi, a 100-GHz oscilloscope for development of advanced next-generation communication systems. With this introduction, Teledyne LeCroy says it is aggressively pushing real-time bandwidth and sample rate boundaries to achieve 100 GHz and 240 GS/s.

The 100-GHz technology was first publicly demonstrated in July 2013, and has since been featured at the 2014 DesignCon, OFC, and ECOC exhibitions. This technology, now incorporated into the LabMaster 10-100Zi 100-GHz oscilloscope, is the key to analyzing and understanding the fastest phenomena found in R&D labs where engineers and scientists are working on next-generation communication systems, high-bandwidth electrical components, and fundamental scientific research, the company asserts.

Teledyne LeCroy points out that the LabMaster 10-100Zi was recently used by Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) to demonstrate the highest-bandwidth coherent optical receiver capable of detecting a 160-GBaud QPSK signal.

"As we research new ways to expand the amount of data that future optical communications networks will be expected to carry, we demonstrated a record 160-GBaud QPSK system prototype. The 100-GHz bandwidth and 240-GS/s sampling rate were key in building this system," said Dr. Peter Winzer of Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent. "We are excited to see that Teledyne LeCroy has pushed oscilloscope technology to where the oscilloscope's bandwidth is no longer the limiting factor in our research; it currently exceeds the bandwidth of the transmitter and optical-to-electrical converter in the receiver."

The LabMaster 10-100Zi is the newest acquisition module in the LabMaster 10 Zi Series of high-performance modular oscilloscopes. LabMaster 10 Zi is a modular and flexible platform that enables users to build oscilloscopes with high channel counts, even when only one or two channels are in the base model. LabMaster 10 Zi oscilloscopes are built from a single LabMaster Master Control Module (MCM-Zi) that contains the display, control, and ChannelSync clock distribution architecture – all managed by a powerful server-class CPU. Users connect up to 20 acquisition modules, including the LabMaster 10-100Zi, to build oscilloscopes with up to 80 channels at 36 GHz, 20 channels at 100 GHz, or anything in between.

The LabMaster 10-100Zi is immediately available with a US list price starting at $900,000.

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