Agilent adds fast 10-bit and multi-function portable scopes

April 29, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Agilent Technologies has introduced two high-performance portable oscilloscope series; the Infiniium S‐Series focuses on signal integrity for bandwidths up to 8 GHz, while the InfiniiVision 6000 X-Series offers higher price/performance with bandwidths up to 6 GHz, and introduces voice control of basic functions.

The Infiniium S-Series claims the world’s fastest 10-bit ADC, and can achieve 12-bit resolution by processing. Coupled with a new low-noise front end, the S-Series delivers an ENOB (effective number of bits) for the system of more than eight, which Agilent says is the highest in the industry. Noise floor is quoted as 90 µVrms at 1 GHz, and SFDR is down to -73 dBc. Emphasising the signal integrity aspect, Agilent notes that the units’ frequency response is flat to the quoted limits, in both amplitude and phase. The series includes bandwidths from 500 MHz to 8 GHz with four-channel DSO models and 16-digital-channel MSO models. Standard memory is 50 Mpts per channel or 100 Mpts per channel when interleaved, claimed as the deepest available.

The S-Series has an extensive range of application-specific measurement software, that runs on an Intel i5 quad core motherboard with 8-GB RAM, ensuring the scope stays responsive in all operating modes. Fast boot-up time and increased reliability comes with its solid-state drive. The 15-inch (38.1-cm) multitouch capacitive-touch display is gesture-enabled. As with other contemporary oscilloscope product lines, although the range starts at 500 MHz bandwidth, the hardware is common and all units are calibrated to 8GHz, so that bandwidth upgrades are software-enabled. Any DSO can be upgraded to a MSO (adding logic channels) in minutes. Prices start at around €13,500, for 500-MHz bandwidth.