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Agilent intros low-cost portable multimeters, oscilloscopes

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Agilent's U1250A and U1600A series multimeter and oscilloscope

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a new series of low-cost handheld digital multimeters and handheld oscilloscopes, providing affordable test and measurement solutions to quality-conscious and cost-sensitive customers who are looking beyond bench-top solutions.

Engineers and technicians in today's electronics industry face an increasing need for high-performance portable instruments in service and maintenance applications. Agilent said its new U1250A series of digital multimeters and U1600A series of handheld oscilloscopes address these market needs, allowing users to perform tests in-plant and off-site without compromising performance.

"Having received constant feedback from customers on the performance and quality requirements for entry-level test-and-measurement instruments, we are expanding our solutions in the low-cost market," said Ee Huei Sin, VP and general manager of Agilent's basic instruments division. "The new handheld digital multimeters and handheld oscilloscopes are designed to meet or exceed customers' needs for portable test solutions." These products are part of Agilent's long-term plan to provide a broader range of low-cost solutions to the market that are primarily available through distribution channels worldwide.

U1250A series handheld digital multimeters
Built to ease electronic troubleshooting and validation, the portable U1250A series enables engineers and technicians to complete their day-to-day tasks without being confined to the bench, the company said. The initial entry in this series comprises two feature-packed models, the U1251A and the U1252A, which targeted at the cost-sensitive test and measurement market. Key features of these handheld digital multimeters include:

  • Precise measurements - The models provide 4.5-digit resolution with 50,000 count full-scale on dual display and basic accuracy of up to 0.025 percent, promising simultaneous and accurate measurements and the flexibility to perform either quick validation or tolerance checks and marginal failure troubleshooting;

  • Versatile functionality - The models come with capabilities such as automated data-logging with the optional PC interface cable, 20MHz frequency counter, and programmable square-wave generator and temperature measurement; and,

  • Durable and safe - Rated at CAT III 1000V, both models come in a robust package with shock-absorbing over-mold and operate within their rated specification, from -20C up to 55C.

U1600A series handheld oscilloscopes
Designed to address portability in multi-industrial automation, process control, facility maintenance and automotive-service industries, the U1600A series promises high-performance versatility with two inaugural releases: the U1602A for the 20MHz bandwidth and the U1604A for the 40MHz bandwidth. Key features of these handheld digital oscilloscopes include:

  • 3-in-1 solution - The models not only provide full-featured oscilloscope functionality, but also 6,000 count DMM and data-logging functions;

  • Clearly distinguished waveforms - The models offer 4.5-inch LCD color display for easier viewing of both channels simultaneously;

  • Effective capture of signal anomalies, deviations and glitches - These models provide real-time sampling rates of up to 200MSps; and,

  • Deep memory storage - The models provide 125Kbytes of memory depth, 250 times the memory depth of competitive handheld oscilloscopes in the same class.

The U1250A series starts at $399 and is available today. The U1600A series starts at $1,320 and will be available for shipment in October.

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