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