Agilent scope offers higher accuracy for high-speed digital designs

Santa Clara, Calif. — Agilent Technologies Inc. has expanded its digital communications analyzer (DCA) portfolio with the introduction of the 86100D DCA-X wide-bandwidth oscilloscope. The DCA-X provides engineers with the tools needed to characterize their high-speed digital designs easily and accurately, said Agilent.

The DCA-X is 100 percent backwards compatible with all previous DCA modules and completely code compatible with the 86100C. With future modules, the DCA-X will be able to support up to 16 measurement channels. Higher channel counts will enable electrical and optical engineers to test their parallel designs efficiently, and offers higher throughput for manufacturing.

Agilent says the high analog bandwidth, low noise, and low jitter measurements offered by the DCA helps engineers see the true performance of their designs on signals from 50 Mbits/s to more than 40 Gbits/s. The modular DCA platform can be configured for optical, electrical, TDR/TDT, and S-parameter measurement capability.


The 86100D DCA-X offers accuracy and ease-of-use improvements by offering:

— Integrated de-embedding and embedding capability (using the 86100D-SIM InfiniiSim-DCA license)
— Usability enhancements including graphical signal processing, dual user interfaces (FlexDCA — a new customizable vector-based user interface for scope, eye and jitter measurements — and DCA-J, the “classic” user interface), up to 64 simultaneous measurements, and new measurements such as data-dependent pulse-width shrinkage (DDPWS), uncorrelated jitter (UJ), pre- and de-emphasis measurements
— Hardware enhancements including vertical gain and offset controls for all channels and functions, user-defined multipurpose button, user-defined analog control knob, faster CPU, and support for up to 16 measurement channels

Agilent also has upgraded N1010A FlexDCA remote access software so it now supports both the 86100C DCA-J and 86100D DCA-X. The N1010A is a PC-based version of the DCA-X user interface that extends control of the scope to a remote PC (via LAN to a lab or home office PC) and allows engineers to analyze waveforms offline.

Availability: Delivery is four weeks for the 86100D DCA-X and ten weeks for the 86100D-SIM InfiniiSim-DCA waveform transformation software.
Pricing: Starts at $21,500 for the Agilent 86100D DCA-X and starts at $5,000 for 86100D-SIM InfiniiSim-DCA waveform transformation software.
Resources: 86100D DCA-X and oscilloscope portfolio.