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

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

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- January 28, 2013

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

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

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.

Model             Bandwidth         Sample rate      MSO sample       Price
                  (2/4 channel)     (2/4             (8/16
                                    channel)         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 Product images are
available at

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

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