Palo Alto, Calif.Oscilloscope maker Agilent Technologies Inc. continues to roll out new models in its Infiniium line of DSO (digital storage oscilloscopes) and MSOs (mixed-signal oscilloscopes). Four new instruments now offer what the company claims is the industry's deepest memory.
Powered by Agilent's patented next-generation MegaZoom technology, 600-MHz and 1-GHz Infiniium 8000 models also combine the deepest memory and highest number of integrated channels.
For its part, always-available MegaZoom can help find details buried in complex signals, discover anomalies in the absence of good triggering events, and correlate high-speed digital control signals with slower analog signals. This next-generation MegaZoom enables you to capture analog and digital signals over long time spansall with a single instrument.
MegaZoom provides a high-resolution XGA display that provides up to 128-Mpoints, coupled with 256 levels of color intensity in the z-axis. The z-axis gives you a 3-D view of signal activity, delivering realtime insight into signal details.
The MSOs provide up to 20 channels of time-correlated viewing and triggering, with tightly integrated four scope channels and 16 digital channels, in the same acquisition system. This is just the ticket for embedded designs that use high-speed digital buses and 32-bit processors, and that require triggering on more than just two or four signals at a time.
The new Infiniium 8000 Series also offers several software application suites for speeding mixed-signal debug. This is significant as today's trends include the integration of multiple circuit functions into single FPGAs (field programmable gate arrays), along with the proliferation of serial buses and the evolution toward the use of DSP (digital signal processing) in RF applications.
The 8000 Series addresses this meld of technologies with FPGA dynamic probing, serial data analysis, and vector signal software for the analysis and demodulation of wireless signals. A bus mode display on the MSO versions also supports read-out of hexa-decimal representations of logic signals. The bus state mode display lets the bus readout be updated only upon the edge of a clock source that you select.
Segmented Memory Acquisition
These scopes also provide a memory-stingy segmented memory acquisition mode. It adds capability to deep-memory acquisition when capturing burst signal or packetized signals.
With segmented memory, only packets of interest are captured and stored into acquisition memory for viewing and analysis. As such, no valuable memory is consumed during periods of inactivity between packets.
Coupled with these scope's 128-Mpoints of acquisition memory, thousands of packets can be captured at the scope's maximum sample rate over seconds, or even days of time. With precise time-tags on each segment, segmented memory acquisition mode effectively provides gigabytes of acquisition memory in a single, high sample-rate acquisition.
Like their Infiniium predecessors, these latest 8000 Series scopes provide touch-screen displays and drag-and-drop measurement capabilities, supporting full operation without a mouse. All of these scopes run the open Windows XP Pro architecture.
Windows imparts standard connectivity, including five USB 2.0 ports (Universal serial Bus), and both IEEE-488/GPIB (General Purpose Interface Bus) and 10/100-Mbit/s LAN (local area network) interfaces. One USB port is located on the front panel for easy storage to USB mass storage devices such as memory sticks.
Remote access can be accomplished using a Java-enabled Web browser or with GPIB. Sending commands over a LAN lets you access one of these oscilloscopes from any networked PC anywhere in the world.
For a higher-level of instrument control, you can use an Infiniium IVI-COM instrument driver in your application. This driver takes advantage of industry standards, and is compatible in application development environments such as Visual Studio. It's also compatible in test-and-measurement development environments such as Agilent VEE Pro and National Instruments LabVIEW.
Price And Availability
For a limited time, you can purchase a 1-GHz Infiniium 8000 Series MSO or DSO for the price of a 600-MHz model.
A 600-MHz 4-channel DSO, (Model DSO8064A) is priced at about $14,900. A 600-MHz MSO (Model MSO8064A with four and 16 channels) is priced at about $19,900. A 1-GHz 4-channel DSO8104A is priced at about $18,000. Finally, a 1-GHz MSO8104A mixed-signal scope goes for about $23,000.
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For more details, contact Agilent Technologies Inc., 395 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, Calif. 94303. Phone: 800-829-4444. Fax: (650) 752-5300.
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