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54542C Agilent Digital Oscilloscope

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The 54542C is a 500 MHz, 4 channel digital oscilloscope from Agilent. Measure voltage or current signals over time in an electronic circuit or component to display amplitude, frequency and rise times, etc. Applications include troubleshooting, production test, and design.

Additional Features:

  • 500 MHz Analog Bandwidth on 4 channels
  • 2 GSa/s Sample Rate on 4 channels
  • 1 ns Peak Detect
  • Color display
  • 32 K of acquisition memory per channel
  • Sequential single shot acquisition for capturing successive events
  • Built-in, multi-format 3.5 inch disk drive

The Agilent 54542C 500 MHz realtime oscilloscopes have the extra performance and features that you need to get an accurate view of the high frequency signals you encounter, whether you do analog or digital design, R&D or manufacturing test. With 32 K memory per channel, 4 channels, sample rate up to 2 GSa/s, 1 ns peak detect, and sophisticated triggering, you can be confident that you won't miss critical signal activity. These feature-rich digitizing scopes also include standard FFT, floppy disk drive, and sequential single shot acquisition for better analysis and characterization of your signals.

These powerful oscilloscopes speed hardware design and debugging with performance to match your needs. HPÕs advanced logic triggering is a standard feature. Use it to trigger on a wide variety of user-specified conditions. Trigger on edge, pattern, state, or trigger after delay to capture such elusive events as timing violations or transient bus phenomena.

Use glitch triggering to isolate and trigger on a glitch as narrow as 1 ns. To pinpoint infrequent events and determine their cause, use advanced logic triggering in conjunction with up to four channels to quickly isolate anomalies. Triggering on an anomaly will allow you to probe other points within the system during the failure condition to understand the cause of the problem quickly.

Feature Rich
The 54542C scopes have all of the features that you would expect in a scope plus more. Use sequential single-shot when you need to capture successive single-shot events without capturing the dead time in between. It is a great tool for applications such as pulsed-laser research, high-energy physics, and pulse echo. Use glitch trigger to find the causes of anomalies in circuit operation. Trigger on hard-to-see narrow glitches down to 1 ns wide. Use FFTs to get a second perspective of your test waveform. This feature is good for identifying signals, determining signal fidelity, or to analyze high-speed transients in the frequency domain.

Generate and store your own template masks, then compare test waveforms to the stored template for pass-fail testing. Or set your own limits on any of the 23 automatic waveform parameter tests. Incoming waveforms are measured with up to three tests at a time and passed or failed according to your limits. Waveforms can be saved and timestamped upon failure of either waveform compare or limit test. Up to 665 failures of 500 points each can be stored in multiple memory and sent to a printer, plotter, or a computer via HP-IB.

Use peak detect to improve your confidence when using the scope at lower sweep speeds. Scopes without peak detect can miss narrow events at slow sweep speeds. Peak detect allows you to see any event as narrow as 1 ns wide.

The Agilent 54542C has an internal 3-1/2-inch, 1.44 MB, MS-DOS compatible disk drive which can be used to download software upgrades to the instrument's flash ROMs. The disk can also store waveforms, instrument setups, and screen images in standard formats such as TIFF and PCX. Other features included are: advanced logic triggering, pushbutton automatic setup, hardcopy output, full HP-IB programmability, pre-trigger viewing, TV triggering, voltage and time markers, pan and zoom, user-controlled sample rate independent of sweep speed, user-controlled record length, fast update rate, fast overdrive recovery, and more.

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