In its recently released analysis of the oscilloscope market, Frost & Sullivan ranked Agilent as the market leader and awarded it the 2011 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Company of the Year. Frost & Sullivan gives this award to the company "that has demonstrated superior entrepreneurial ability in the industry." Agilent was recognized not only for its high-end scope contributions, but also for its products in all segments of the scope market and its participation in technology standards groups.
It's been a big year for scopes, with Agilent and LeCroy going toe to toe in the bandwidth race and Tektronix rolling six new scopes so far this year. The high-end scopes get a lot of play in the engineering publications, but how important are they to you? Recently, LeCroy tipped its plans to reach 100GHz bandwidth by next year.
So, I'm wondering: Is that the most important thing to you or would you rather see improvements in the user interface? Automated test features? Sound off below.
Some people do need the high band width available only in the high end scopes, but most only need a basic scope. I would be happy with an inexpensive probe that I can plug into my laptop USB. Put the GUI on the computer. 500 MHz is good enough. I don't see these companies working on that market.