A new series of portable logic analysers has been introduced by Agilent Technologies Inc. The 16850 Series of instruments are claimed to offer the industry’s fastest timing capture with deep memory for quick debugging of digital systems.

The instruments also feature both single-ended and differential probing options.

 A video demonstration of these new logic analysers is available at www.agilent.com/find/16850-series_video.

 As system speeds increase, our customers need even faster deep memory timing measurements across a large number of input channels, which is exactly what Agilent’s 16850 Series of logic analyzers deliver,” said Jay Alexander, Vice President and General Manager of Agilent’s Oscilloscope and Protocol Division.

“Combining this capability with a wide variety of probing options allows digital system designers the fastest possible debug across a wide range of applications.”

 Developers of high-speed digital devices use logic analysers to accelerate the debug and validation phase of system design. Often, they must trigger measurements on signs of trouble, such as a time-out signal or error flag, when the root cause actually occurred long before the trigger point. The 16850 Series’ high-speed timing capture with deep memory lets the designer look back in time to observe the location of the root cause of failure.

The high sample resolution of these instruments makes it possible to differentiate timing problems from functional problems, providing the insight needed to shorten the debug and validation process and bring products to market more quickly.

The instruments are said to offer 2.5GHz, 400ps period timing capture across all input channels, and up to 128-megasample memory depth, which has the potential to provide up to 50 percent faster timing capture with deep memory than other portable logic analyser, with twice the memory depth.

The series have a standard state data rate of 700Mb per second as well as an upgrade option to 1400Mb per second. Users can choose the desired memory depth, starting with the standard, 2-megasample depth, along with a variety of choices up to the maximum 128-megasample depth. Both state speed and memory depth options can also be upgraded after the initial purchase.

They also offer a 1.4-GHz trigger sequencer to track high-speed circuits and define very specific conditions to trigger on in an effort to trap errors and drive quickly to the root cause of failure.

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