Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry’s Highest-Performance 100 MHz Oscilloscopes
Real-Time Display Update Rate, Up to 40 Times Faster Than Competing Models, Now Shows Critical Events in Complex Waveforms
PALO ALTO, Calif.Agilent Technologies Inc. introduces four 100 MHz portable digital storage and mixed-signal oscilloscopes (DSOs/MSOs) with the highest performance capabilities in the industry. With a real-time sample rate of 2 GSa/s on each channel and display update rate up to 40 times faster than competing models, the Agilent 6000 Series can now show critical events in complex waveforms, dramatically reducing design verification and debug time.
These additions to the 6000 Series also provide the industry with its first 4+16-channel MSO in the 100 MHz segment. These oscilloscopes feature industry-leading waveform viewing and measurement insight for 8- and 16-bit embedded system designers in the aerospace/defense, automotive, communications and consumer electronics industries.
Exceptional waveform viewing is achieved with Agilent’s MegaZoom III display technology. MegaZoom III provides users with real-time, high-resolution XGA waveform viewing (1024 x 768 pixels) with 256 levels of color-intensity grades and memory depth up to a full 8 Meg points -- 800 times more than competing models. The dynamic range in the Z-axis provides the highest waveform-display quality of any other portable oscilloscopes on the market today.
Engineers face design problems that are increasingly digital in nature -- more and faster signals, wider time spans and serial triggering. Agilent’s portable 6000 series oscilloscopes provide the performance needed to address these measurement challenges. They are optimized for waveform update rates and display resolution, plus have the ability to add 16 logic-timing channels, significantly reducing debugging time.
"The new 100 MHz models bring industry-leading performance technology to those working on MCU- and FPGA-based designs at a price that fits their budget," said Dan Oldfield, R&D manager at Agilent’s Design Validation Division. "Customers designing products based on 8- and 16-bit MCUs and FPGAs will now be able to get the exceptional performance of the 6000 Series oscilloscopes previously available only in the higher-performance, more expensive oscilloscope models. With MegaZoom III, users now have a scope that can trigger, capture and display the critical events in complex signals inside their systems."
As the complexity of embedded systems increases, hardware developers often need to isolate events of interest or view critical relationships on more than the limited number of channels available in traditional oscilloscopes. MSOs provide the seamless integration of scope and logic-timing channels for time-aligned viewing and triggering across any or all input channels. Now, for the first time, customers can order either a 2+16 or 4+16 channel MSO for their 100 MHz applications. Those who order a DSO 6000 Series can easily upgrade to an MSO configuration later.
Additionally, Agilent’s FPGA dynamic probe, introduced for Agilent logic analyzers in 2004, is fully supported by the MSO versions of the Agilent 6000 oscilloscopes. With the addition of the FPGA dynamic probe, embedded systems developers using Xilinx FPGAs in their hardware digital designs have the ability to see inside their FPGA and correlate this internal view with events on their system with the MSO’s scope and logic channels.
All Agilent 6000 Series oscilloscopes come standard with LAN, GPIB and USB interfaces as well as an additional front-panel USB port to replace limited-capacity floppy drives. The front-panel USB port lets designers easily store memory records, screen images and settings on standard higher-speed, higher-capacity USB memory sticks.
* Additional information about the Agilent 6000 Series is available at www.agilent.com/find/scope-new.
* An in-depth article titled "Oscilloscopes Evolve to Meet Today’s and Tomorrow’s Measurement Challenges" can be found at www.agilent.com/find/DSO6000_backgrounder.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 6000 Series oscilloscopes are available now at the following prices:
Memory upgrades start at $500. Customer-installable DSO-to-MSO upgrade kit is priced at $2,000.