Agilent Infiniium 54855A Oscilloscope Enables 7 GHz Measurements

5/7/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced an enhanced bandwidth (EBW) option for the Agilent Infiniium 54855A 6 GHz oscilloscope that allows engineers to increase the oscilloscope bandwidth to 7 GHz. When combined with the Agilent 1134A InfiniiMax probe amplifier and E2677A solder-in differential probe head, the system is the industry's first to enable real-time, high-impedance 7 GHz measurements. The ability to make high-impedance measurements and probe multiple locations on a device under test is required for system debug, characterization and optimization of new high-speed digital product designs in the computer, communications and semiconductor industries.

The EBW option also allows engineers to reduce overall measurement system noise by lowering the oscilloscope's bandwidth for improved accuracy and repeatability. Agilent's proprietary digital signal processing techniques allow engineers to take advantage of the fundamental trade-off between bandwidth and system noise to optimize the measurement capability of the oscilloscope for specific measurements. Until now, engineers performing frequency domain analysis or measuring signals with low signal amplitudes had no simple method to reduce noise levels for a given bandwidth, single-event signal.

"Agilent remains committed to meeting the increasing performance needs of high-speed electronic designers," said Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "With innovations such as the ability to adjust bandwidth to optimize measurement capabilities and speeds up to 7 GHz, the Agilent InfiniiMax probing system continues to offer the highest performance and most usable configurations of any probe system in the market."

The high-bandwidth, Agilent InfiniiMax 1134A active probe amplifier with a differential solder-in probe head can match the 7 GHz capability of the new EBW option by providing a typical measurement bandwidth of 7 GHz to the solder-in probe tip. These flexible probe tips can be re-soldered from location to location, or multiple probe tips can be used on a single device under test.

Further Information
Additional information about Agilent's new high-speed measurement system and the company's complete line of validation and debug tools is available at High-resolution images are available at

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent 7 GHz Enhanced Bandwidth option is priced at $5,000. The Agilent 54855A 6 GHz Infiniium oscilloscope is priced at $58,995, and the Agilent 1134A InfiniiMax active differential probe amplifier with the Agilent E2677A solder-in differential probe head is priced at $5,450. All products are available for delivery now.

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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