Monday, September 13, 2010

Largest Modular Instrument Introduction Ever

Today at Autotestcon Agilent is launching the largest modular instrument introduction in test and measurement history! Agilent is introducing 47 products in both PXI and AXIe (more on AXIe form factor click here), with the bulk being in PXI. The products range from RF switches to pulse pattern generators to DMMs. If we rewind back a couple decades, Agilent was the pioneer in modular instrumentation with their extensive VXI portfolio. While still staying in the modular instrumentation arena, over the last decade they focused more on high accuracy ‘box’ instruments. With this introduction it is clear that Agilent plans on playing a bigger role in the modular instrumentation industry. You can see a list of Agilent’s modular instrument introductions in the top figure (click on it to enlarge).
Since this is a GPETE blog I wanted to fill you in on the details on Agilent’s new PXI DMM family. The family consists of the M9182A (shown in lower figure) and the M9183A. Both are 6.5 digit DMMs, the M9183A provides higher speed performance and added features. Here is a quick rundown on specs and features:



  •      6.5 digit resolution
  •      4.5 digits at 4,500 rdg/s (82) and 20,000 rdg/s (83)
  •     Measurement capability: dcV/I, acV/I, 2/4-wire Ω, Freq, °C/F, and capacitance (83 only)
  •     DCV basic 1 year accuracy: 30 ppm
  •     Compatibility: cPCI, PXI-H, PXI-1
Surprisingly there are not really many PXI DMMs out there. National Instruments is by far the leader in this space with about 90% of the PXI DMM market so Agilent has an uphill battle. If you’re a consumer of PXI DMMS this is good news! Fierce competition means lower prices, more promotions, and more innovation for you as the end user. For more info on Agilent’s new PXI DMMs see the links below.



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