Experiments and demo of an Agilent DSA-X 96204Q 160GS/s 62GHz oscilloscope

in oscilloscope by DP | 2 comments

Shahriar writes:

In this episode Shahriar demos the world’s fastest oscilloscope! The Agilent DSA-X 96204Q offers 160GS/s of conversion rate with a bandwidth of 62GHz on two dedicated ‘RealEdge’ channels. It can also provide 80GS/s conversion rate and 33GHz of bandwidth on four simultaneous channels. The unit demoed in this video is equipped with all available options and is valued at over 0.5 million US dollars. The block diagram of various sub-systems of the oscilloscope are presented and the principle operation of the instrument is explained. A 56Gb/s PRBS-15 signal is applied to the scope from a Centellax 2G2P5A (now Agilent N4975A) and the resulting data pattern is examined in real-time. Various scope functions are also presented as well as the capability to observer bit failures at baud-rate using this instrument.

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Comments

  1. Jim B says:

    and in three years Rigol will be selling one for $1500. :-)

  2. Octal says:

    No way Jim,
    At $1500 you want even be able to make the probes as at those frequencies a lot of physical phenomenon makes it impossible to do any serious measure.

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