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Cutting the cost of test

1GHz performance, for 500MHz cost.

Catering for cash strapped, high speed testers, Agilent has announced two dual channel 1GHz oscilloscopes – a mixed signal and a digital storage version. Says Peter Kasenbacher, European product manager for oscilloscopes: "There is a clear trend of customers going from 500MHz to 1GHz. Customers are not looking for every feature – the demands are for bandwidth and 1ns rise times, reflecting where designs are going."

The 54833D mixed signal 'scope allows R&D engineers to view up to 18 time aligned signals – allowing test of blocks like PCI or sdram, which require four control lines and the clock to define the mode of operation at any point of new digital products. Isolation of specific cycles and waveform monitoring are enabled on the same instrument, unlike traditional 'scopes.

Both the 54833D and the 54833A dso can acquire up to 8Mpts per channel and sample at up to 4Gsample/s.
Agilent claims the 54833A is the 'lowest cost 1GHz 'scope in the market' at about £9300.

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Graham Pitcher

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