Agilent Debuts 13 GHz Oscilloscope and Probing Measurement System

10/6/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) broke the double-digit bandwidth barrier with the introduction of the industry's first oscilloscope and probing measurement system with a maximum real-time bandwidth of 13 GHz and a maximum sample rate of 40 GSa/s. The Agilent Infiniium DSO80000 Series oscilloscopes and the Agilent InfiniiMax II Series probing measurement systems include 10, 12 and 13 GHz versions. The unmatched performance level of these new offerings is vital to engineers designing high-speed serial buses, RF and wireless products, and other ultra-high-speed electronics.

Today's industry serial bus standards such as Fibre Channel, fully buffered DIMM (FBD), serial ATA (SATA), serial attached SCSI (SAS) and PCI Express have performance points that will reach into the 4 to 8 Gb/s range next year. Proprietary high-speed serial buses can also have clock rates in the 4 to 8 Gb/s range as well as edge speeds with rise-times faster than 50 ps (20 to 80 percent). High-performance oscilloscopes, such as Agilent's new 10, 12 and 13 GHz, 40 GSa/s scope and respective probing system, are required to capture the frequency harmonics and make accurate and repeatable measurements on such high-speed signals.

"High-speed signal technologies are advancing at a rapid pace, which places 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 deliver the desired functionality at the required time-to-market, Agilent's new family of 10, 12 and 13 GHz oscilloscopes and associated probing systems provides full bandwidth measurements to the probe tip while maintaining excellent jitter and noise levels. These products will contribute significantly in validating high-speed designs with accuracy and repeatability."

"Agilent has raised the performance benchmark for real-time scopes three times during the last 24 months" said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "This time, Agilent is breaking the double-digit gigahertz bandwidth barrier with 10, 12 and 13 GHz oscilloscopes and probes. This is another example of our commitment to provide products to engineers that have the performance and capabilities to keep up with the demanding needs of present and future high-speed technology standards."

Previously, designers were limited by oscilloscopes with a maximum real-time analog bandwidth of 8 GHz. The 13 GHz real-time bandwidth of the DSO81304A offers over a 50-percent performance improvement versus previous products. This translates into higher signal fidelity, more accurate and repeatable measurements and improved test margins for high-speed electronics designers. High-speed signal components previously hidden to engineers can now easily be seen by this benchmark-setting test tool.

Agilent's award-winning InfiniiMax architecture introduced in 2002 helped revolutionize oscilloscope probing systems across the industry. Advancements to the Agilent InfiniiMax II Series probing system deliver an unmatched level of performance and usability by making it possible to measure 13 GHz signals from the high-impedance probe tip to the highly responsive oscilloscope display.

Agilent's Infiniium DSO80000 Series features a wide variety of software packages to match the oscilloscope to specific measurement needs, including second-generation jitter analysis, serial data analysis with 8b/10b decoding, and a growing list of compliance test packages for standards such as PCI Express, Ethernet, DVI, HDMI, Fibre Channel, FBD and SATA. These software packages facilitate rapid problem identification and resolution for designers with specific test requirements.

Further Information
Additional information about Agilent's Infiniium 80000 Series of 10, 12 and 13 GHz real-time oscilloscopes, InfiniiMax II probing systems, and the company's complete line of validation and debug tools is available at
Additional information about oscilloscope performance for digital design verification and debug for high-speed applications is available at
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U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent Infiniium DSO80000 Series of 10, 12 and 13 GHz real-time oscilloscopes and InfiniiMax II Series probing systems are available for order now with shipments expected in February 2005. The DSO81304A uses DSP software techniques to increase its bandwidth from 12 GHz to 13 GHz; the DSO81204A and DSO81004A do not use DSP software to increase their bandwidth.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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