Oscilloscopes synchronise to measure up to 40 channels at 63-GHz

March 12, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Infiniium Z-Series oscilloscopes from Agilent Technologies can be synchronized to measure up to 40 channels simultaneously with a maximum 63-GHz real-time oscilloscope bandwidth (on up to 10 oscilloscopes).

With industry-leading noise and jitter measurement floors, the oscilloscopes enable engineers to effectively test devices that incorporate the latest technologies and achieve new performance milestones.

The Z-Series includes 10 models ranging from 20 to 63 GHz, all of which are bandwidth-upgradable to 63 GHz. The Z-Series also features significantly faster processing and a next-generation user interface.

Key capabilities include sufficient bandwidth to capture the third harmonic on 28-, 32- and 40-Gbps digital signals; next-generation user interface to analyze emerging technologies, including spatial modulation; optional synchronization port to measure up to 40 channels simultaneously; capacitive touch screen and touch-screen-friendly controls to improve the user experience; and USB 3.0 offload speeds, making it significantly faster to offload and analyze data.

The Z-Series leverages key technologies used in the 90000 Q-Series oscilloscopes. They include RealEdge technology, which comprises a combination of Agilent-proprietary architectures, next-generation microcircuits/thin-film components, and advanced application of the company’s indium phosphide semiconductor process. RealEdge enables high-frequency capability while maintaining the lowest noise and jitter measurement floors (75 fs).

Engineers can join multiple Z-Series oscilloscopes together using software to form a system of 40 channels or more (N8822A).

The oscilloscopes offer ompatibility with more than 40 measurement-specific applications, including jitter, triggering and measurement software, analysis tools and full-compliance certification test suites. Breakthrough Infiniium offline analysis software lets engineers analyze data using oscilloscope software on a PC or laptop instead of tying up the instrument for analysis.

N2807A PrecisionProbe Advanced software helps engineers characterize and correct for cables to the full 63 GHz; while InfiniiMax III probing technology caters to bandwidths up to 30 GHz.

Customers who have previously purchased the 90000 Q-Series can upgrade their units to Z-Series performance by ordering the N2105A and N2109A upgrade kits.