TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry`s Highest Performance Mixed Signal Oscilloscope

Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:00am EST

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced the expansion of its
award-winning Infiniium 90000 X-Series oscilloscope family to include the
world`s highest performance mixed-signal oscilloscope, or MSO. The expansion
adds six new MSO models, as well as 13-GHz DSO and DSA models, to the X-Series. 

Engineers and developers use MSOs to accelerate testing by employing the
additional trigger flexibility for debugging and validating their devices. 

The tightly integrated digital channels of the new MSO models can function at 20
GSa/s in an eight-channel configuration, 60 percent faster than other
high-performance MSOs, or at 10 GSa/s in a 16-channel configuration. Agilent now
offers MSOs ranging from 70 MHz to 33 GHz of analog bandwidth. 

The new 13-GHz DSO, DSA and MSO models give engineers access to the industry`s
lowest noise and jitter measurement floors of the Infiniium 90000 X-Series at an
unprecedented low price. 

"As system speeds have increased, it has become clear that additional digital
channels, with performance appropriate to the analog scope bandwidth, would mark
the next breakthrough in insight for our customers," said Jay Alexander, vice
president and general manager of Agilent`s Oscilloscope Products Division.
"Pairing the world`s fastest MSO with up to 33 GHz of true analog bandwidth
allows engineers to accurately debug and validate emerging technologies such as
DDR4-3200." 

With the Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-Series, current and future customers who
purchase DSO or DSA model oscilloscopes can upgrade to MSO functionality. Most
high-speed MSOs available today come with fixed configurations that cannot be
upgraded. Agilent`s N2834A upgrades let users add MSO capability at any time.
This capability, along with Agilent`s existing bandwidth and memory upgrades,
makes the X-Series one of the most flexible and expandable platforms on the
market. 

Unlike other MSOs, Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-Series MSOs have up to 400 million
points of data capture behind each digital channel. To accommodate sample-rate
differences between the high-speed analog channels and the digital MSO channels,
this memory depth can be automatically sized with the analog trace length,
including the full 2-Gpts memory available on Agilent oscilloscopes. This memory
depth allows for fully time-correlated capture of elusive events that span a
long time record. 

Very fast memory channels, such as DDR3, often have complex signal qualification
conditions that can elude even the most adept engineer. Agilent has added a
special DDR triggering mode to the new MSOs to perform read/write separation and
eye alignment for these complex conditions. 

Protocol errors plague even the most mature system designs. While some modern
scopes have the ability to move up the protocol stack on the analog channels, an
engineer trying to understand root cause can quickly use up the scope`s analog
channels. Adding an MSO makes up to 16 high-speed digital channels available for
the measurement. Protocol checking on the digital channels for a measurement
like DDR makes it possible to see the full view of analog impacts while
validating protocol compliance. 

The MSO uses the same 90-pin connector found on Agilent`s logic analyzers. This
allows access to a broad range of probing accessories including:

* 17-channel differential/single-ended soft touch connectorless probes 
* 17-channel differential/single-ended flying lead set 
* 17-channel differential/single-ended Samtec connector 
* Selected DDR interposer probing technologies

U.S. Pricing and Availability

Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-Series MSOs can be ordered today at the prices listed
below. Shipments of the MSOs, including upgrades, will begin midyear. The new
DSO/DSA 91304A models are available for immediate shipment.

 Oscilloscopes                                                                           
                                                                                         
 Model              Bandwidth          Sample rate        MSO sample rate      Price     
                    (2/4 channel)      (2/4 channel)      (8/16 channel)                 
 DSOX91304A         13/13 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s                             $128,375  
 DSAX91304A         13/13 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s                             $143,779  
 MSOX91304A         13/13 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $146,860  
 MSOX91604A         16/16 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $164,319  
 MSOX92004A         20/16 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $193,075  
 MSOX92504A         25/16 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $240,317  
 MSOX92804A         28/16 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $274,209  
 MSOX93204A         32/16 GHz          80/40 Gsa/s        10/20 Gsa/s          $309,127  
                                                                                         
 MSO upgrades                                                                            
                                                                                         
 Model              Price                                                                
 N2834A-001         $25,049                                                              
 N2834A-002         $25,049                                                              
                                                                                         


Additional information

Additional information about Agilent`s Infiniium 90000 X-Series oscilloscopes is
available at www.agilent.com/find/90000x-series. Product images are available at
www.agilent.com/find/90000x-series_images. 

Agilent will be at DesignCon, Santa Clara Convention Center (Booth 201), Jan.
28- 31, to demonstrate high-speed digital solutions that help engineers design,
simulate analyze and debug their devices and ensure compliant designs while
cutting through the challenges of gigabit digital designs. 

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world`s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company`s 20,500 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.9 billion in fiscal 2012.
Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com. 

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Agilent Technologies Inc.
Janet Smith, +1 970-679-5397 (Americas)
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sarah_calnan@agilent.com
Iris Ng, +852 31977979 (Asia)
iris-hw_ng@agilent.com

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