Press release: PE 1082-E



Pomona Electronics 500 MHz Microline oscilloscope probes allow easy access to hard-to-reach test points in high frequency, high-density circuits


Pomona Electronics has announced a new series of Microline Oscilloscope Probes designed to

speed up and simplify testing of high frequency, high-density circuits in limited space areas.

Compatible with digital and analog oscilloscopes, the new 500 MHz bandwidth probes provide

capability to test a broad range of high-frequency applications.

Measuring only 5mm in diameter and 65mm in length, the micro-sized, slim-style design enables

access to miniaturized and multiple test points that are much more difficult to reach with

standard size probes. These probes are particularly well suited for measurements on fine pitch IC leads. The small outline probe is easy to hold and the slim-line design helps guide the tip into dense circuitry without obstructing visual contact within the test point area.

The probe design also incorporates a replaceable, spring-loaded pogo-pin tip that makes it easy to probe fine pitch IC chip leads and fine traces on PC boards. The spring-loaded plunger allows the probe to "float" while maintaining a constant level of pressure on the tip, assuring steady, reliable contact. The "pogo-pin" feature also prevents the tip from slipping and damaging other components or circuit board traces, and is easily replaced when necessary.

High-frequency applications are much more common and the new Microline Oscilloscope Probe offers an ideal solution for testing with oscilloscopes in these applications. With the small

outline and the added benefit of the ‘pogo-pin’ tip, users will find it extremely easy to access very small test points and maintain reliable contact with hard-to-reach IC test leads.

The new Microline Probe is a 500 MHz X 10 passive voltage probe with input resistance of 10M, and is rated for use in CAT II, 300V and CAT I, 500V environments. The probe set includes the probe handle and a 1.2-meter length cable with BNC plug. The accessory kit includes: pogo-pin spring loaded tip and rigid tip (one each), IC tip adapter, 25mm ground adapter, 110mm ground lead with alligator clip, tip cover, BNC adapter, sprung hook, trimmer adjustment tool, color-coded rings, and a complete set of instructions and specifications.

For information on Pomona’s test accessories or to order a copy of Pomona’s Test & Measurement Accessories Catalog 2002, please contact Pomona Electronics Europe, P.O. Box 1186, 5602 BD Eindhoven, the Netherlands or visit our web site at


Pomona Electronics

Pomona Electronics has the broadest line of test accessories in the world for applications ranging from test labs to field service and plant maintenance, repair and operation and are available through the company’s global distribution network. The Pomona line includes banana plugs, coaxial cables, oscilloscope and DMM probe kits and accessories, IC test clips, boxes, connectors and test leads. For more than 50 years, the company’s innovative design and high quality manufacturing have provided engineers and technicians with tools that keep pace with constantly changing technologies, and meet both UL and IEC1010 safety standards.