Agilent Debuts LXI Class C Oscilloscopes Optimized for Test Systems

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced the first LXI class C compliant oscilloscope family optimized for use in test systems. The Agilent 6000L Series digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs) offer four channels of measurements in a compact, rack-mountable 1U-high form factor, giving engineers a space-efficient way to integrate oscilloscopes into their test systems.

The unit’s remote capabilities and graphical Web interface reduce setup and troubleshooting time for engineers building design-verification and functional-test systems in the aerospace/defense, automotive, communications, medical and computer industries.

Test engineers in these industries are demanding more digitizer channels in less rack space. The Agilent 6000L Series low-profile oscilloscopes come in a “true 1U” package that packs four channels and up to 1 GHz bandwidth into a slim design, providing more digitizer channels to engineers who have limited rack space.

“The introduction of these LXI oscilloscopes demonstrates our commitment to lead the transition to LXI products,” said Scott Sampl, vice president and LXI spokesperson for Agilent’s Electronic Measurements Group. “It’s another important step in helping our customers simplify test-system configuration and create new possibilities in testing.”

The 6000L Series oscilloscope models offer 100 MHz, 500 MHz and 1 GHz analog bandwidth and up to 4 GSa/s sample rate. All three models come standard with 8 Mpts MegaZoom III deep memory so engineers can capture long, non-repeating signals, and maintain high sample rates with good timing resolution.

All Agilent 6000L Series oscilloscopes come standard with LAN, GPIB and USB interfaces as well as an additional front-panel USB port that lets engineers easily store waveform data, scope setups and screen images on standard USB memory sticks.

The 6000L Series DSOs are 100-percent software compatible with Agilent 6000A Series portable oscilloscopes, which offer displays and front-panel control knobs and buttons. Engineers can use a 6000A Series oscilloscope during the R&D phase. When the product moves to manufacturing, they can use a system-optimized 6000L Series oscilloscope without a display. Because the 6000A and 6000L are completely software compatible, the manufacturing team can use the software and test routines developed in R&D.

Engineers working with both analog and digital circuitry can easily upgrade the 6000L Series DSOs to get the unique capabilities of a 4+16-channel (scope and logic) mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO). Both the MSOs and the traditional 4-channel DSO models are optimized with the capabilities engineers need for verifying and debugging designs that include embedded system components.

An optional secure environment mode provides the highest level of security by ensuring that internal memory is clear of all setup and trace settings in compliance with National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual, Chapter 8 information-system security requirements.

The Agilent 6000L Series oscilloscopes are part of Agilent Open, a versatile combination of test-system hardware, I/O and software tools that are easy to enhance and maintain by ensuring greater choice in measurements, connectivity and programming.

Background information: LXI Helps System Developers Go Beyond GPIB, PXI and VXI
LXI enables fast, efficient and cost-effective creation and reconfiguration of test systems. Listen to Agilent’s LXI expert Chris Van Woerkom discuss the state of the LXI marketplace and new possibilities in testing using Ethernet clicking on Podcast in the highlights section.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The list price for the Agilent 6000L Series oscilloscopes starts at $9,695. These system-ready oscilloscopes will be available in January 2007.

About LXI and the LXI Consortium
LXI is the next-generation, LAN-based modular architecture standard for automated test systems managed by the LXI Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation made up of leading test and measurement companies. The group’s goals are to develop, support and promote the LXI standard. LXI’s compact, flexible package, high-speed I/O, and prolific use of LAN meet the needs of aerospace/defense engineers developing radar, electronic warfare, satellite and military communications systems, as well as address a broad range of industrial and commercial applications.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 18,500 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.1 billion in fiscal 2005.