Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry-first 6 GHz, 20 GSa/s per Channel Oscilloscope and Probing Measurement System

11/4/2002 - Agilent Technologies introduced a new family of 4 to 6 GHz real-time oscilloscopes, the only models in the industry that offer four full-bandwidth, 20 GSa/s per channel. When these new scopes are paired with the industry's fastest Agilent InfiniiMax active probes at 3.5 to 7 GHz, the new system delivers industry-leading performance, accuracy and probing connectivity. This new system is expected to be essential to R&D engineers in the computer, communications and semiconductor industries for validating and verifying the performance of new high-speed digital product designs.

"With the advances in process technologies, the complexity of high-speed digital designs has increased exponentially while putting intense pressure on designers to maintain the responsiveness, reliability, and functionality of their designs," said Galen Wampler, industry analyst at Prime Data. "As engineers strive to alleviate the gap between functionality and time-to-market, Agilent's new 4 GHz and 6 GHz family of oscilloscopes that sample at 20 GSa/s on all channels, and the new innovative probing system that provides both single-ended and differential measurements with full bandwidth to probe tip, will contribute significantly in validating these designs with accuracy."

Agilent 54854A and 54855A Infiniium oscilloscopes provide a sample rate of 20 GSa/s on all four input channels simultaneously, which improves measurement accuracy of designs based on PCI Express, HyperTransport and Serial ATA, and reduces the chance of signal aliasing. The oscilloscopes also can capture four, full-bandwidth, real-time signals off a single trigger event. The system's MegaZoom Deep Memory, which features up to 32 M of memory per channel, increases the amount of information that can be captured from events leading up to and after the specified trigger event.

The high-bandwidth, Agilent InfiniiMax 1130A series active probes offer single-ended and differential measurements up to 7 GHz. The design provides unmatched connectivity to full bandwidth even in the most difficult to reach situations, such as probing between memory modules on server motherboards. The flexible architecture of the Agilent 1130A probes enables the user to make either single-ended or differential measurements from a single probe amplifier, which results in a significant savings in time and money.

"Agilent understands the challenges posed by implementing the latest high-speed technologies and has been working on developing a complete line of tools that address signal integrity throughout the design process," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Business. "Our new high-speed measurement system delivers unmatched 6 GHz performance for both single-ended and differential measurements on all four channels. Design engineers can perform more accurate measurements with a flexibility and ease-of-use that will make the system the tool of choice for years to come."

"Availability of high-speed measurement systems helps speed development of products utilizing the latest Intel Architecture products and I/O interconnect technologies from across the industry," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "Agilent is building on a long history of design tool expertise with this announcement."

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 54854A and 54855A Infiniium oscilloscopes are expected to ship in February 2003 at the following prices:

The Agilent 1130 series of InfiniiMax active single-ended and differential active probes are expected to ship in February 2003 and range in price from $3,850 to $8,550.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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