Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) introduced the world’s first LXI trigger box that enables precise synchronization over LAN for LXI Class C and GPIB instruments, elevating their performance to LXI Class B standards. Accurate synchronization is crucial, especially in automated test systems that involve multiple distributed devices. When an LXI Class C or GPIB instrument is connected to the Agilent E5818A LXI trigger box, it gains the timing capabilities of an LXI Class B instrument. Leveraging the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol (PTP) synchronization, the trigger box enables sub-nanosecond time triggering and time stamping of events for the attached instruments. With reliable event-log data, users can trace and troubleshoot faults easily.
The Agilent LXI trigger box provides LXI peer-to-peer and multicast communication capabilities that improve test time, especially when heavy data exchanges occur between devices. Further reducing test time, the LXI trigger box can be easily configured and upgraded through a standard Web browser.
“With the breakthrough LXI trigger box, users of LXI Class C and GPIB instruments can now achieve better event synchronization and data correlation over LAN with distributed test systems,” said Ee Huei Sin, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Basic Instruments Division. “The E5818A is yet another example of our commitment to provide innovative solutions that matter to our customers.”
The Agilent E5818A LXI trigger box is a standalone LXI Class B device. It can achieve a synchronization accuracy of up to 13 ns (standard deviation over direct connection) and provide time stamping of up to 5,000 events. Each trigger box provides BNC connectivity to two instruments (any combination of GPIB or LXI Class C).
For easy programming, the Agilent E5818A LXI trigger box is SCPI-compatible. To ensure system readiness, it also includes a bundled IVI driver, enabling system creators to easily automate measurements and triggering in the programming environment of their choice, such as Agilent VEE, Microsoft Visual Basic(r), C and LabVIEW.
U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent E5818A LXI trigger box is available now and is priced at $1,500.
About LXI and the LXI Consortium
LXI is the LAN-based successor to GPIB. The LXI standard goes beyond GPIB to provide additional capabilities that reduce the time it takes to set up, configure and debug test systems. LXI also helps integrators leverage the time and effort already invested in system software and architecture. The standard is managed by the LXI Consortium, a not-for-profit corporation comprised of leading test and measurement companies. The group’s goals are to develop, support and promote the LXI standard. LXI’s flexible packaging, high-speed I/O, and prolific use of LAN address a broad range of commercial, industrial, aerospace and military applications.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies (NYSE:A) is the world’s premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company’s 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $5.0 billion in fiscal 2006.
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