On January 3, 2012, LeCroy drastically stepped up its lead in high-end oscilloscopes with the 60-GHz Labmaster 10Zi, topping its previous high of 45 GHz. LeCroy then dropped to second place when Agilent Technologies introduced the Infiniium 63 GHz 90000Q series on April 11. In both introductions, the companies made big splashes, visiting editorial offices prior to launch dates. Both oscilloscopes required that their respective companies develop new technologies to achieve their bandwidths. But, Agilent's lead lasted just eight days when LeCroy quietly announced on April 19 that the LabMaster 10Zi's bandwidth is now 65 GHz.
The 65-GHz LabMaster 10Zi has the same sample rates as its 60-GHz predecessor, which is 160 Gsamples/s from 50 GHz to 65 GHz.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.