Agilent Ships 13GHz, 40GSa/s Oscilloscope

Agilent Technologies ships industry's first 13GHz, 40GSa/s, real-time oscilloscope and probing system

January 25, 2005

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that it has begun customer shipments of the industry's fastest real-time oscilloscope and highest bandwidth active probing system. The Agilent Infiniium 80000 series 10, 12 and 13 GHz oscilloscopes are the only real-time oscilloscopes to offer more than 8 GHz bandwidth, a 40 GSa/s sample rate and full bandwidth performance to the high-impedance probe tip. This real-time measurement system delivers industry-leading performance, accuracy and probing connectivity for validating high-speed serial buses.

"We demonstrated these products to hundreds of leading-edge customers worldwide, and are extremely pleased with the market acceptance of our new Infiniium 80000 series oscilloscopes and InfiniiMax II probing system," says Ron Nersesian, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Design Validation Division. "We promised customers an initial shipment in February 2005; however, due to the excellent efforts of our design and production teams, we are shipping our first Infiniium 80000 Series and InfiniiMax II Series products in January. Customers can now make required measurements that were beyond the capabilities of previously available test equipment."

Agilent is the only test and measurement company to deliver the fastest real-time oscilloscope and the industry's fastest active probe system for measuring the entire range of electronic signals found in ultra high-speed designs. Unlike competing scopes, the Infiniium 80000 Series is not limited to measurements that require 50 ohm test fixtures.

This year, proprietary high-speed serial buses and serial bus standards such as Fibre Channel, fully buffered DIMM (FBD), serial ATA (SATA), serial attached SCSI (SAS) and PCI Express will have performance points that reach into the 4 to 8 Gb/s range along with edge speeds that have rise-times faster than 50 ps (20 to 80 percent). Agilent's new 10, 12 and 13 GHz, 40 GSa/s high-performance oscilloscopes and associated probing systems capture the frequency harmonics, and make accurate and repeatable measurements on such high-speed signals.

Earlier oscilloscopes had maximum real-time analog bandwidths of 7 to 8 GHz, which designers found limiting. With more than a 50-percent performance improvement over previous products, the DSO81304A has 13 GHz real-time bandwidth. Engineers can now have an oscilloscope that provides higher signal fidelity, more accurate and repeatable measurements and improved test margins for high-speed designs. Previously hidden, high-speed signal anomalies are now visible using this benchmark-setting test tool.

With software packages to match the oscilloscope to specific measurement needs, Agilent's Infiniium DSO80000 Series includes 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. For designers with specific test requirements, these software packages facilitate rapid problem identification and resolution. Using the My Infiniium software package, engineers can open custom programs from Infiniium's front panel, create menu items that launch programs, and move analysis programs from a PC to the Infiniium.

Agilent Technologies Inc.

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