Microwave Journal

Agilent Technologies Introduces Industry's First 1 GHz Battery-Powered Digital Storage Oscilloscopes and First Battery Powered Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes

April 2, 2007
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2, 2007 -- Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced battery-power options for all 16 of its 6000 Series digital storage oscilloscopes (DSOs) and mixed signal oscilloscopes (MSOs), giving engineers and technicians the ability to make high-performance measurements in environments where line power is unavailable. Agilent is the first to offer battery-powered DSOs with up to 1 GHz bandwidth. Continuing Agilent's 10 years of innovation in MSO technology, the 6000 Series MSO models are the first mixed signal oscilloscopes with battery operation. And, the 6000 Series DSOs and MSOs are the first battery-operated oscilloscopes with automotive CAN, LIN, and FlexRay serial bus triggering and protocol decode for remote testing. These oscilloscopes are ideal for engineers and technicians testing electronics in industries such as automotive, industrial and aerospace/defense. "Our customers' products incorporate ever-increasing electronic value," said Jay Alexander, Agilent Design Validation Division general manager. "Being able to rapidly debug and validate designs is key to their success. We are responding to our customers' requirements for higher-performance battery-powered instruments not previously available in the marketplace." Battery-operated scopes are often required for remote field testing, such as in-car testing in the automotive industry. Previously, only lower bandwidth portable scopes with very basic scope functionality were battery operated. Testing today's automotive serial buses such as CAN, LIN and FlexRay require scopes with higher performance and functionality. With Agilent's 6000 Series oscilloscopes, engineers now have the portability of a battery-operated oscilloscope with the performance and measurement features that meet their specific applications. Agilent's integrated rechargeable battery options are based on lithium-ion technology, and they provide more than two hours of battery life between charges. The battery charges while plugged into line power and can be disconnected at any time without powering off the oscilloscope. In addition, Agilent offers an adapter cable to power oscilloscopes from 12-V automotive outlets. The addition of an integrated battery option complements the Agilent 6000 Series' fast update rate, superior signal display qualities, and ability to measure across analog, digital, and serial interfaces. Information about Agilent's battery-powered 6000 Series oscilloscopes can be found at www.agilent.com/find/6000-bat. A photograph of the battery-powered oscilloscope is available at www.agilent.com/find/6000-bat_images. U.S. Pricing and Availability The Agilent 6000 Series models with the rechargeable battery option are available in the following bandwidths with prices starting at: 100 MHz $6,200 300 MHz $8,240 500 MHz $10,100 1 GHz $12,850 The N5424A adapter cable to power oscilloscopes from 12-V automotive outlets is priced at $150.