Power Electronics

Arbitrary Waveform Generation Added to Oscilloscopes

Agilent Technologies Inc. added optional arbitrary waveform generation capability and five new analysis applications to its InfiniiVision 3000 X-Series oscilloscopes. AWG makes it easy for engineers to capture waveforms with their oscilloscopes and instantly convert them to stimulus files to simplify stimulus/response testing.

Nine months ago, Agilent was the first major test-instrument vendor to integrate a function generator with an oscilloscope. This integration is popular with manufacturers who want to simplify stimulus-response testing, R&D engineers who need to simulate missing signals and educators who want a simple tool for teaching students about instrument operation.

Now the company has become the first to add AWG to its oscilloscopes. Agilent is including this software upgrade - which is used with the integrated WaveGen 20-MHZ function generator option - at no additional cost.

With the upgraded AWG software, users can capture waveforms with their oscilloscopes and instantly convert them to stimulus files - and even edit the captured waveforms within the oscilloscope. It's easy to stress a design by adding noise, changing frequency and amplitude, and adding glitches.

The 2.0 release adds analysis options to help engineers harness the power of their 3000 X-Series scopes:

  • DSOX3VID joins the 3000 X-Series' million-waveforms-per-second update rate with the triggers, IRE grids and cursors for the latest HDTV standards.
  • DSOX3AERO (MIL-STD 1553 and ARINC 429) and DSOX3FLEX (FlexRay) protocol analysis packages combine hardware-accelerated protocol triggering and display with powerful search and navigation tools.
  • DSOX3PWR adds a broad portfolio of power system measurements, including single-box power supply rejection ratio tests.
  • DSOXADVMATH advanced math functions, including filters, trending and chart display.

Furthermore, Agilent is running a program where engineers who purchase qualifying Agilent equipment, including Infiniium oscilloscopes, PNA-X network analyzers and PXA signal analyzers will receive a complimentary DSOX3034A, 4-channel, 350-MHz oscilloscope.

Agilent Technologies
Part Number: 3000X AWG

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