Infiniium oscilloscope users can now create custom-defined functions for application-specific measurements.
Agilent Technologies Inc. has released its N5430A user-definable function option, which enables Agilent Infiniium oscilloscope users to create and execute application-specific measurements.
This option, which Agilent and The MathWorks collaborated on, makes it possible for Infiniium oscilloscope users to develop custom math and analysis functions in the MATLAB(r) software environment and execute them live on the oscilloscope screen, just like any of the scope's standard functions.
The Agilent Infiniium user-definable function consists of two components: the custom analysis function developed in MATLAB and the graphical user interface to enable the scope user to select measurement parameters.
The custom function is developed in the MATLAB software environment and defines the data analysis to be performed, such as equalizations and digital filtering. Users can perform further data analysis by combining this software with other popular Infiniium oscilloscope software packages such as the Agilent N5400A EZJIT Plus or E2688A serial data-analysis software.
With access to MATLAB on the oscilloscope, users can also interactively analyze and visualize their results in the MATLAB environment, configure and control their instruments, and generate reports.
According to Agilent Technologies, increasing signal rates in high-speed serial communications and digital/RF designs, coupled with decreasing product-development cycles, have driven the need to make custom measurements with tools that are reliable and flexible.
By integrating MATLAB with Infiniium oscilloscopes, users have the dependability of an industry-standard instrument and the flexibility of an industry-standard software environment.
According to The MathWorks, when testing or verifying a complex design, oscilloscope users often need to make measurements that are application-specific and not available with the analysis functions built into the instrument.
The MATLAB integration on Infiniium oscilloscopes enables design and test engineers to make the custom measurements they need to qualify a design.
Agilent's N5430A user-definable function option is available immediately from Agilent Technologies. MATLAB is available from The MathWorks.