Santa Clara, Calif. Agilent Technologies Inc. says it has introduced the industry's first LXI trigger box that enables precise synchronization over LAN for LXI Class C and GPIB instruments, raising their performance to LXI Class B standards.
The E5818A LXI trigger box is a standalone LXI Class B device. It can achieve a synchronization accuracy of up to 13 ns (standard deviation over direct connection) and provide time stamping of up to 5,000 events. Each trigger box provides BNC connectivity to two instruments (any combination of GPIB or LXI Class C).
When an LXI Class C or GPIB instrument is connected to the E5818A device, it gains the timing capabilities of an LXI Class B instrument. Leveraging the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol (PTP) synchronization, the trigger box enables sub-nanosecond time triggering and time stamping of events for the attached instruments.
The LXI trigger box provides LXI peer-to-peer and multicast communication capabilities that improve test time, especially when heavy data exchanges occur between devices. The device can be configured and upgraded through a standard Web browser and is SCPI compatible. It includes a bundled IVI driver, enabling system creators to automate measurements and triggering in the programming environment of their choice such as Agilent VEE, Microsoft Visual Basic, C and LabVIEW.
Pricing: The E5818A LXI trigger box is available now and is priced at $1,500. Customers can order online at www.agilent.com/find/OnlineStore.
Product information: E5818A
Agilent Technologies Inc., 1-800-829-4444, ww.agilent.com