Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced a precision waveform analyzer for design verification and validation of high-speed electrical communications systems and components.
The 86108B precision waveform analyzer has residual jitter below 50 femtoseconds, channel bandwidths to 50 GHz, and integrated clock recovery to 32 Gb/s. This new plug-in module is the latest addition to the Agilent 86100C/D DCA wide-bandwidth oscilloscope family.
This device is well-suited for testing IEEE 802.3ba (40-Gb/100-Gb Ethernet), Optical Internetworking Forum CEI 3.0, INCITS T-11 32G Fibre Channel and high-speed proprietary systems. The 86108B’s integrated precision timebase and clock recovery design, with typical residual jitter below 50 fs rms, enables it to minimize potential measurement problems.
Continuous data-rate coverage from 50 Mb/s to 32 Gb/s, peaking control and adjustable loop bandwidths to 20 MHz also allow the clock recovery circuit to provide a phase-locked-loop response for accurate device characterization.
The integrated instrumentation-grade clock recovery circuit allows the module to trigger directly from single-ended or differential data signals eliminating a separate trigger input. The module also integrates high-bandwidth pickoffs and phase-matched cables, which reduces setup complexity and maintains signal integrity.
An auxiliary clock-recovery input circuit lets you analyze extremely low-level signals, or signals that have been closed due to severe inter-symbol interference, by triggering the scope using a separate synchronous data (or clock) signal connected to the 86108B’s auxiliary CR input. The on-board phase detector enables a flexible and accurate technique to determine PLL bandwidth/peaking on devices with either clock or data inputs and outputs.
The cost of the system (an 86100D mainframe plus the 86108B module) is below comparable real-time or equivalent-time oscilloscope units. It is available with bandwidth options of 35 GHz and 50 GHz and clock recovery data-rate options of 16 Gb/s and 32 Gb/s. Both bandwidth and clock recovery options are upgradeable, so users can enhance their instruments as their designs warrant.
Agilent’s high-speed digital solutions offer a range of essential tools to help engineers design and simulate, analyze, debug and ensure compliant designs while cutting through the challenges of gigabit digital designs.