Agilent intros precision waveform analyzer module

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has introduced a precision waveform analyzer for engineers involved in design verification and validation of high-speed electrical communications systems and components. A plug-in module, the 86108B precision waveform analyzer is the latest addition to the Agilent 86100C/D DCA wide-bandwidth oscilloscope family

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) has introduced a precision waveform analyzer for engineers involved in design verification and validation of high-speed electrical communications systems and components. A plug-in module, the 86108B precision waveform analyzer is the latest addition to the Agilent 86100C/D DCA wide-bandwidth oscilloscope family

With industry-best residual jitter (below 50 femtoseconds), channel bandwidths to 50 GHz and integrated clock recovery to 32 Gbps, the 86108B precision waveform analyzer gives engineers confidence they are seeing the true performance of their designs, Agilent claims. The improved measurement performance will particularly benefit engineers testing IEEE 802.3ba (40-Gb/100-Gb Ethernet), Optical Internetworking Forum CEI 3.0, INCITS T-11 32G Fibre Channel and high-speed proprietary systems, the company adds.

Features of the Agilent 86108B precision waveform analyzer include:

  • Lowest intrinsic jitter (< 50 fs rms typical), which provides the most accurate measurement waveforms.
  • Widest continuous clock-recovery range (50 Mbps to 32 Gbps), allowing for easy measurement setup and compliant device characterization.
  • High-bandwidth receivers (35-GHz and 50-GHz options), providing a faithful and accurate representation of the incoming signal.
  • Integrated triggering architecture, allowing simple connection schemes, analysis of low-amplitude signals and the elimination of the clock-data delay that can corrupt jitter measurements.
  • An internal phase detector that enables accurate measurements of PLL bandwidth, jitter transfer and jitter/phase noise spectrum.

As well as accuracy, the integration of several instrumentation blocks in the 86108B provides significant cost advantages, says Agilent. The company claims that the cost of the system (an 86100D mainframe plus the 86108B module) is below any comparable real-time or equivalent-time oscilloscope solution. Additionally, Agilent offers the 86108B with bandwidth options of 35 GHz and 50 GHz and clock recovery data-rate options of 16 Gbps and 32 Gbps. Both bandwidth and clock recovery options are upgradeable, so users can enhance their instruments as and when their designs warrant.

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