Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced the 53200 RF and universal frequency counter/timer series, the first frequency counters with LXI Class C compliance.
The Agilent 53200 RF and universal frequency counter/timer series offers base bandwidth of 350 MHz with options to extend up to 15 GHz. Measurement reading speed has increased by more than two orders of magnitude from the previous generation.
The 53200 offers resolution performance up to 12 digits/second continuous-count gap free frequency resolution and 20 pico-second single-shot time interval resolution.
LXI/Ethernet and USB 2.0 are standard features, easing the connection to a PC test system instruments or a network. The 53200 includes internal memory of 1M readings and supports a USB memory stick.
A 4.3 inch graphical display provides good viewing for fast trigger and instrument set-up. The 53200 series has built-in post measurement analysis, internal reading memory and fast data transfer speeds.
Advanced math and statistical information, including basic modulation domain analysis (MDA), simple jitter analysis, Allan deviation and histograms, allow engineers in design and manufacturing to view the history of their measurements and see the quality and performance of their signal.
The 53200 provides:
- 350 MHz baseband frequency, 6 or 15 GHz optional microwave channels;
- up to 12 digits/sec and 20 ps single shot time interval;
- 1M reading memory, up to 75,000 frequency readings/sec, stripchart/trend plot, cumulative histograms;
- increased connectivity: first LXI compliant counters (LXI/Ethernet, USB, plus optional GPIB connectivity); and
- basic modulation domain/timestamp and optional pulse/burst microwave measurements.
An optional battery supports remote usage and maintenance of accurate measurements by keeping the timebase warm at all times. The 53200 series is SCPI compatible with Agilent’s current generation of RF/universal frequency counters (53131A, 53132A, 53181A). An optional GPIB interface is available to meet any legacy system compatibility requirements.
The base prices of the Agilent 53210A RF frequency counter and the 53220A and 53230A universal frequency counters range from $1,963 to $3,552 and are available today. Additional higher stability timebase, microwave inputs, battery and pulse microwave measurement capability options also are available.