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Agilent Technologies Introduces Oscilloscopes with Industry's Biggest Display, Fastest Waveform Update Rate

Feb 28, 2008

Ten New Models Offer Best Signal Visibility at Low Cost, Most Comprehensive Suite of Insightful Software Applications

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today expanded its mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio with 10 new models that comprise its next-generation InfiniiVision 7000 Series. The new Agilent InfiniiVision 7000 Series offers bandwidths up to 1 GHz and delivers an unparalleled deep memory waveform update rate of up to 100,000 waveforms per second. Each model, equipped with the industry's largest display -- a 12.1-inch XGA LCD display -- comes in a package that is just 7 inches deep and weighs only 14 pounds.

Electronic design and test teams in nearly every electronic industry, including computer, communications, semiconductor, aerospace/defense, automotive and wireless industries, continue to produce increasingly sophisticated hardware designs. Designers use oscilloscopes as the primary tool to test and debug those designs. Confidently and consistently viewing subtle signal details and infrequent events enables teams to more quickly debug and test their electronic systems. Agilent's InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscopes deliver the best signal visibility for designs that include analog and/or digital and serial signals.

"We use scopes extensively during product development," said Ken Chalfant, laser manufacturing engineer, Spectranetics Corp. "Our Agilent InfiniiVision scope enables my team to quickly find problems like no other scope on the market." Spectranetics is a leader in excimer laser systems used in minimally invasive surgical procedures and is a current InfiniiVision scope user.

Benefits of the Agilent InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscopes include:

  • Biggest display: All InfiniiVision 7000 Series models are equipped with biggest-in-class 12.1 inch display -- nearly 40 percent more display area than any other on the market. Larger displays have become increasingly important as general purpose scopes need more space to display digital and serial signals in addition to traditional scope channels. The increased display size helps users who need to display up to 20 channels simultaneously with serial protocol.

  • Fastest update rate: InfiniiVision Series 7000 models provide the industry's fastest update rate -- up to 100,000 waveforms per second -- eliminating two common errors that can cause engineers to miss critical information: unresponsive controls with deep memory turned on, and traditional architectures that are blind to changes in signals being tested. For designs with both digital and analog signal measurements, the update rate is 5,000 times faster than any other available scope. This allows the user to view critical signal detail that competitive scopes miss with their longer dead times.

  • Most comprehensive suite of applications: Packed with numerous general purpose features, InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscopes can be customized with a number of unique software options. Supported applications give engineers meaningful insight into application-specific problems. Applications include:

    • serial decode and trigger for I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, FlexRay, RS-232 and other UART;

    • rapid core-assisted debug of designs with Xilinx or Altera FPGAs;

    • segmented memory for analysis of laser pulses, radar bursts and serial packets;

    • offline PC viewing and sharing of previously acquired scope data; and

    • RF contextual viewing of scope data using Vector Signal Analysis software.

"Agilent has been the fastest-growing scope vendor each year for the past five years," said Jay Alexander, vice president and general manager of Agilent's oscilloscopes business. "The InfiniiVision 7000 Series is a good indication of why, and capitalizes on our 10 years of leadership developing MSOs. We focused on delivering on customers' inputs for an envious form factor, coupled with an architecture that delivers the best signal visibility at an affordable cost."

Agilent is showing its InfiniiVision 7000 Series at Embedded World in Nuremburg, Germany, Hall 10, Stand 225, Feb. 26-28.

Additional information on Agilent's new InfiniiVision 7000 Series oscilloscopes and the company's complete line of oscilloscopes is available at Product images are available at

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 19,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $5.4 billion in fiscal 2007. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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