High-definition oscilloscopes offer up to 12-bit vertical resolution

January 08, 2013 // By Julien Happich
Agilent Technologies' Infiniium 9000 H-Series high-definition oscilloscopes include four new models in bandwidths of 250MHz, 500MHz, 1GHz and 2GHz, offering up to 12-bit vertical resolution.

These scopes also include the industry’s deepest standard memory (up to 100 Mpts per channel), says the manufacturer. The 9000 H-Series uses a combination of hypersampling and linear noise-reduction technology to provide noise levels three times lower than traditional 8-bit oscilloscopes. This reduced noise enables users to view and resolve small signals that 8-bit oscilloscopes simply cannot measure. As probing systems also induce measurement noise, Agilent has developed a new series of low-noise probes specifically designed to allow engineers to view and analyze small-current signals.

The new N2820A and N2821A AC/DC current probes offer the industry’s highest sensitivity, going all the way down to 50 uA, with a maximum current range of 5 A. These probes work in cooperation with the new oscilloscopes to offer the industry’s most sensitive current measurements. The higher sensitivity is especially useful for measuring current consumption of battery-powered mobile devices or integrated circuits. The 9000 H-Series oscilloscope with the N2820A and N2821A current probes are specially engineered to make high-dynamic-range, high-sensitivity measurements to meet today’s challenging current measurement needs.

The N2820A current probe interface uses a make-before-break connector, offering easy and reliable connecting and disconnecting without interrupting the circuit under test across multiple locations on the target board. The Agilent 9000 H-Series provides standard memory of up to 100 million points per channel, making it the deepest standard memory in the industry. This memory depth can be upgraded to 500 million points per channel to acquire longer windows of time while retaining fast sample rates.

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