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Agilent Technologies introduces precision waveform analyser

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Agilent Technologies  has introduced a precision waveform analyser designed specifically for engineers involved in design verification and validation of high-speed electrical communication systems and components.

With residual jitter well below 100 femtoseconds and channel bandwidths to 35GHz, users can be confident that they are seeing the true performance of their signals. This new plug-in module is the recent addition to the Agilent 86100C DCA-J product family.

Measurement setup is made easy with integrated instrumentation-grade hardware clock recovery. This allows the Agilent 86108A to trigger directly from a single-ended or differential data signal, eliminating the need for a separate trigger input.

The integrated triggering system functions even in the presence of spread-spectrum clocking, allowing accurate signal analysis on components and systems used for serial busses such as PCI Express(r) and SATA. The on-board phase detector enables a simple and accurate technique to determine PLL bandwidth on devices with either clock or data inputs and outputs.

"The high-speed engineering community has always looked to Agilent Technologies for significant innovations in sampling scope technology," said Jay Alexander, vice president and general manager of Agilent Technologies' oscilloscope business.

Benefits of the Agilent 86108A precision waveform analyser include:

  • Low intrinsic jitter, which provides the most accurate measurement waveforms;
  • Internal high-gain clock recovery, allowing for easy measurement setup and accurate analysis of signals with spread-spectrum clocking;
  • New triggering architecture, allowing simple connection schemes and eliminating the sampling delay that has historically corrupted jitter measurements made with a sampling scope; and
  • An internal phase detector that enables accurate measurements of PLL bandwidth, jitter transfer and jitter/phase noise spectrum.

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