Improving Compliance Testing & Product Development with Oscilloscopes

December 8, 2021

Sealevel’s in-house engineering team recently upgraded their primary oscilloscope to a LabMaster 10 Zi-A High Bandwidth Modular Oscilloscope. This series of oscilloscopes from Teledyne LeCroy delivers the highest bandwidth and fastest sampling rate available.

“No bitrate or symbol rate is too high for the LabMaster 10 Zi-A, with its industry-leading bandwidth and sample rate. LabMaster 10 Zi-A is perfect for 10-16 Gb/s technologies such as 40/100 GBASE-R Ethernet, SAS12, and PCI Express Gen4.”

Teledyne LeCroy, LabMaster 10 Zi-A Datasheet

What is an Oscilloscope?

An oscilloscope, also referred to as an o-scope, is an instrument used in testing various electrical signal voltages and analyzing other factors such as frequency, amplitude, intervals and distortion. This data is displayed graphically and enables engineers to assess signal quality and troubleshoot circuit design. Oscilloscopes are used across industries for automation, medical research, telecommunication and even art.

What Capabilities Does the LabMaster 10 Zi-A Oscilloscope Add?

Sealevel’s new oscilloscope has a much larger bandwidth and a much larger sample rate than previously available models. As a result, our engineering team is able to sample, capture and analyze much faster electrical signals. With continually advancing technology, devices and interfaces tend to operate at faster and faster speeds.

“This capability increases Sealevel’s existing in-house compliance testing capabilities, expediting these processes and reducing product development costs for our customers,” says Cameron Bolton, Sealevel Hardware Design Engineer.
With Sealevel’s ever-growing library of custom and standard products, we have a need to continually expand our design and evaluation tools. The new scope enables our team to troubleshoot – and compliance test – a much larger range of protocols including USB 3.2 Gen 1signals, further supporting robust I/O development. And this oscilloscope enables Sealevel to test PCIe bus up to Gen 4 speed to further our embedded computing designs. Current COM Express applications use PCIe Gen 3 or 4 as the dominant bus for connecting other high-speed devices, interfaces and peripherals.

“The LabMaster 10 Zi-A oscilloscope is also flexible and configurable, allowing Sealevel to upgrade in the future as even faster speeds and higher bandwidth become the standard,” says Derek Pekalak, Sealevel Sr. Test Engineer.

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