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Soft touch connectorless probing technology

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AGILENT Technologies has announced that its Pro Series soft touch connectorless logic analyser probe interface has been adopted by logic analyser vendors as the industry standard.

The standard interface, based on Agilent's soft touch connectorless probing technology, is an array of probe pads arranged in a common footprint that can be probed by equipment from multiple vendors.

Now engineers in the computer, semiconductor and communications industries can benefit from connectorless probing without having to choose between competing connectorless probe interfaces.

The new Agilent Pro Series soft touch connectorless logic analyser probes offer a 30 percent smaller footprint than its original soft touch probes.

The Pro Series probes use the same proprietary micro spring-pin technology as previous models to provide the industry's most reliable performance.

Agilent's micro spring-pin technology features a four-point crown tip that can pierce any contamination on the board and provide redundant contact to maximize reliability.

The new, easy-to-use top-mount retention module accommodates varying printed circuit board thicknesses.

These probes are the only connectorless logic analyser probes compatible with lead-free finishes such as organic-coated copper that support the electronic industry's migration to lead-free products, as well as other frequently used finishes including gold, silver and hot-air surface level.

Agilent's soft touch probes enable a direct connection from the probe to targets on a printed circuit board without the use of a connector.

This reduces capacitive loading and minimizes the effect of the probe on system performance, an important consideration for engineers developing products using today's high-speed technologies such as double data rate (DDR) and PCI Express.

Eliminating the need to place a connector on the target, regardless of the speed of the signals being measured, simplifies the validation of designs that are tight on space or that require minimal disruption of signal routing.

Agilent’s connectorless probing supports its entire line of logic analysers. The E5404A soft touch probe measures single-ended data and clocks, and can be used with any Agilent logic analyser with a 40-pin cable connector.

The E5405A probe supports differential data and clocks, and the E5406A supports single-ended data and differential clocks. Both probes can be used with any Agilent logic analyser with a 90-pin cable connector.

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